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Alone With Everybody

Richard Ashcroft Audio CD
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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,365 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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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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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)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genius-and still alive!!! 2 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow up to Urban Hymns 29 Aug 2008
By S. Beck
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Ashcroft is finally back with the long-awaited new album. His lyrics here seem less Blake-esque than his work with the Verve; he's turned into Keats! This album is an open-love letter to Richard's wife Kate, alongside being a paean to the uncertainty of life. This change has given fans a beautiful emotive album. I find tracks 9, 10, and 11 exceptionally good. One amazing song is Crazy World (6), which is a tribute to feminism and a celebration of love itself. The best song, in my opinion, is track 7, On A Beach, which has to be one of the most glorious love-songs ever written. Ashcroft is on fine form here, making the most of his god-given talent: his voice sounds rather like warm maple syrup.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brave New World 9 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Verve split during the height of their fame after their masterpiece "Urban Hymns" which left fans excited upon Richard Ashcrofts first solo outing.
He was the spirit of The Verves "Urban Hymns" album with the majority of the songs being credited to him.
Even though it's unfair to compare The Verve and Richard Ashcroft Nick McCabes driving guitar force is missed greatly. For the most part the album is overcoated with strings and
despite some wonderful melodies and key changes as seen on "Brave New World" and the Motown vibed "C'Mon People We're Making It Now" you always feel that the albums lacking something.
It seems to be crying out for a Rolling People or a This Is Music. There are also no stand out songs on it, it floats along nicely giving you a fairly chilled out feel good experience but nothing really to kick you in the face or send the shivers up your spine as sngs like The Drugs Don't Work or History did for you.
It's not without it's merits, Ashcroft certainly still has a fantastic songwriting ability and he still has one of the finest rock and roll voices around today. It's certainly a plesent listening experience though nothing to make you sit up and take notice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All Depends How You Approach The Album....
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Topic
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Published 18 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic record.
Alone with Everybody was the first solo album by Richard Ashcroft and actually includes songs initially recorded for Urban Hymns. Read more
Published on 16 July 2010 by Alister King
1.0 out of 5 stars Great music, poor product
My opinion about this product is not about the music,(I would give five stars to this amazing album), the problem is the CD, it has some scratches in the sound on several tracks,... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by Carlos Yabar
5.0 out of 5 stars richard ashcroft
This album is excellent from beginning to end. Think of those rainy northern town days when you're stuck inside wasting time. Much better than any of the Verve's albums.
Published on 9 Mar 2008 by O. Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars An album for the lovers.
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... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2004 by "gregorthedrummer"
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Ashcroft, the man is a genius!
i cannot get over how fantastic this album is! every song is just pure quality from start to finish! Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A real solo album
Many people think that The Verve was Richard Ashcroft but to overlook Nick McCabes' contributions would be foolish. Read more
Published on 26 May 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Amazing
Urban Hymns was the Verve. This is Richard Ashcroft. Thats the difference and thats what makes this a fantastic album. Read more
Published on 30 April 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, top draw Richie comes good again!
WOW! This album is on a parity with the best ever. Richie's voice is the most stunning i have heard and 'A song for lovers' is a great opening track. Read more
Published on 22 April 2001
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