Personnel: Peter Laurence Gordon (sopranino saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, piano, organ, synthesizer, drum, electronics); Tim Burgess (vocals).
Photographers: Kit Fitzgerald; Cat Stevens.
Arranger: Peter Laurence Gordon .
Always much more experimental than his reputation as the Charlatans UK lead singer would suggest, Tim Burgess happily teamed up with avant-garde composer Peter Gordon in 2016 to record Same Language, Different Worlds. Gordon may have worked with Arthur Russell, a connection that certainly intrigued Burgess, but this album skews toward the Charlatans, containing songs that pulse to a distinct melody and that can also be overwhelmed by aggressive electronics. The mellifluous vocals and washes of texture wind up balancing each other a little bit too well: it's an alluring sound that seems attractive in the moment by disappears in the slipstream. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine