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Richard Ashcroft is the essence of Brit Cool. Like Syd Barrett or Nick Drake before him, Pete Doherty and Alex Turner after him, Ashcroft is one of those rarified rock eccentrics; the type of visionary spirit that’s one of England’s greatest musical exports. As the frontman of The Verve, Ashcroft was the signature voice of 1990s English pop music. The band’s global megahit ... Read more in Amazon's Richard Ashcroft Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00004TRE7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Song For The Lovers
2. I Get My Beat
3. Brave New World
4. New York
5. You On My Mind In My Sleep
6. Crazy World
7. On A Beach
8. Money To Burn
9. Slow Was My Heart
10. C'mon People (We're Making It Now)
11. Everybody

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RICHARD ASHCROFT Alone With Everybody (2000 UK 11-track CD album including the hit singles Money To Burn & A Song For The Lovers picture sleeve CDHUTX63)

Like so many before him, the Verve's ex-frontman Richard Ashcroft is destined to be the victim of his own success. That the Verve's final album, the universally applauded Urban Hymns, with its down-tempo laments and thoughtful lyrics captured a space in time and was taken to a nation's hearts, makes it a tough act to follow, even for the man who was the creative force behind the Verve. And Richard Ashcroft's solo debut Alone With Everybody doesn't really compare at all. The thoughtful country-tinged ballads "Brave New World" and "I Get My Beat"--strummed acoustics, melancholic strings and lyrics that run like a conversation with himself--confirm Ashcroft's ability to pen a captivating melody. Meanwhile, singles "A Song For The Lovers" and "Money To Burn"--positively up-beat by his standards--may not be as emotive or touch the same nerve as Urban Hymns' "The Drugs Don't Work", "Lucky Man" or "Bitter Sweet Symphony", but they're still infectious. And the eerie atmosphere and raw edge of "New York" reassure that there's more to him than plodding, sentimental acoustic tunes. The Verve would never have pulled off an Urban Hymns Volume II, which is why their leading light has been wise not to try to either. --Dan Gennoe

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Richard Ashcroft has hit the right note with his debut solo album 'Alone With Everybody.' It is a superb mix of melancholy, tranquille melodies and some riproaring tunes. The Verve split and i was gutted to say the least. Their music still lights up my day, but at least Richie is still going. A Song For Lovers was the perfect song to open his solo career with, not dissimilar to Bittersweet symphony with its orchestrial sound.The next two are great songs to chill out to. 'I get my beat' and 'Brave New World' clearly show Richie's new optimistic outlokk on life and show you into the rest of the album, as it becomes a bit more frantic with 'New York' with Richie back to his best droning out "chooooning in New York." Superb. You on my mind in my sleep is gracious and clearly a message to his partner and baby. Then you get the sense that Ashcroft is back to his best with 'Crazy World' with perhaps the greatest lyrics ever "Its burning on my brain loke a desert train locust, i find it hard to love i find it hard to focus" WOW! The next song is a classic. On a Beach is slow, beautiful and uncaring. Money to burn is another single which is rash and hard without ever hitting the peaks you'd like it too. Slow was my heart is absolutely top draw. Beautiful, music to cry to. The lyrics are outstanding. C'mon People is my favourite, it sounds like Verve and it mirrors his on stage shout of C'mon! Then it finishes with Everybody which shows Richie's sypathetic and caring side, the lyrics carefully planned and just hit the right chord. This album is out of this world. Your life is shallow without it! Richard Ashcroft wil surely go down as one of the greatest songwiters and performers ever. He is chronically underrated. Can't wait foir the new material!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Beck on 29 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Alone with Everybody" first soloalbum? The follow up to "Urban Hymns"?
Isn't "Forth" in fact The Verve's follow up to 1995's "A northern Soul"?

Because of Richard Ashcroft's nervousness and reluctance to make "Urban Hymns" his first solo album it is sometimes a bit hard to tell what is verve album and what is solo-albums...

"A northern soul" is a verve album. The original four participated in songwriting and production of the album. The same goes for new album "Forth". But "Urban Hymns" started of with only 3 members; Richard, Simon Jones and drummer Peter Salisbury. And was to be the first Richard solo album. Richard wrote the songs.

A friend from Wigan, their base town Simon Tong was drafted in to play guitar and keyboards.

Back to "Alone with everybody":
A lot of people love this album and quite a few has criticized it for being too slick and mid-tempo. I really like this album. But I must admit that there is a little truth to what the critics has argued.
But to call this album AOR-radiofriedly blah-blah.. is overstating it. The same people gave "Urban Hymns" 6 star reviews for exactly those virtues that they criticized a few years later...

I will in the following argue that this album is the real contender for "Urban Hymns" explaining about a little history and facts and that there is so many similarities on the two albums and how a little editing in the track order and omitting a few songs for a couple of b-sides will make the album truly work to it's best! For the sessions for this album sessions did produce a GREAT body of work!

Many of the songs on this album was recorded for The Verves Urban Hymns but didn't make it.
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I've so far seen a few fair personal reviews of this album but considering it's a debut album of an artist.... forgetting all the (not so long past I know) band-input. Please clear your mind of that stuff and listen / enjoy a breath of fresh-air with this album.
Like i've titled this already... it all depends how you approach the album...

At first... I didn't know what to expect... but that's what a debut album should be about. I know that most people will expect the same-old repetitive new-age re-hash of the old-school (If I can dare to call it) tunes but why not let the singer try-out with his own taste in music or style (to whatever might fit-in with today's society or accepeted musical demographic). Give this album a try or even a chance... sorry but if your wanting The Verve - you will only find samples of it....

I agree when Richard said to Jo Whiley in a Ch4 interview {see it on YouTube [not promoting] } - (something along the lines) - '' I think that's the problem i'll have... (regarding the record) is that everyone will be thinking about The Verve''... and that fits in with this album... clear your head of The Verve past recordings... Think Richard Ashcroft's voice with debated (I know) lyrics & vocals... and well a clear well-produced/sung/recorded debut album....

For who and what this record is I can't really fault it (personally).

Stand out tracks for me are - Brave New World & You In My Mind In My Sleep

Overall 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "gregorthedrummer" on 11 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
On the brink of their success, the verve split up, so a gaping hole was left, which only saw ashcroft rising to the challenge, this may not have mccabe, but another important factor of the verve is here, ashcrofts lyrics. His direction is fantastic, and yes, it is a little overdone, but hey, it sure aint rubbish. Celebrating the birth of his son Sonny, this album dedicates his love for his family, and you can understand that, hes a changed man, gone are the 'wifeless fella' caper, hes grown up, and has taken responsibility, now that hes into the brave new world.
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