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Keys To The World [Explicit]

23 Jan. 2006 | Format: MP3

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4:09
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3:58
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3:56
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4:53
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4:42
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4:51
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5:04
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4:45
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3:55
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 Jan. 2006
  • Release Date: 23 Jan. 2006
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Virgin Records Ltd This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2006 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 44:18
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B001JPYHZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,805 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By "nickmccabe" on 4 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Richard Ashcroft is not the first frontman to become a victim of his own success. And he probably won't be the last. His debut album ‘Alone With Everybody’ shot straight to number one, sold over a million copies & produced a top 5 single. While most would consider this a success, it met a lukewarm response from well-respected journalists the world over & was dubbed an underachievement.
It also seemed to cement what direction he was going with both his songs & sound. His follow-up ‘Human Conditions’ gained a more hostile response, with some denouncing it as a man so embroiled in his ego that he had completely lost whatever magic spark he had left. (for anyone who doesn’t know, Ashcroft was chief songwriter on the 7 million selling Urban Hymns LP that produced hits ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ & ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’).
Loyal fans will say his talent of writing a good tune never deserted him on both previous LPs, but the good news is on ‘Keys to the World’ the rest will take notice once again.
Simply put, it’s his finest set of songs since Urban Hymns. At 44 minutes long and containing 10 tracks, it’s back to basics for Britain’s finest troubadour.
The opening tracks ‘Why Not Nothing’& ‘Music is Power’ suggest a rejuvenation not seen before on his previous efforts, with the former foot-stomper easily his finest rock n roll moment post Verve. ‘Music is Power’ samples a track produced by Curtis Mayfield with Richard asking you to ‘Submit to the sound.’ Trust me, you will. White-boy soul has never sounded this good.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2006
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I am one of these Ashcroft fans that takes issue with those who say his post Verve material is not very good. I agree that Alone With Everybody was a little polished and probably suffered for the fact that Ashcroft seemed a bit too happy when he wrote it, but I thought that Human Conditions was a fantastic example of great songwriting.
What "Keys to the World" has over the first two, however, is a bit of what was missing. On "Urban Hymns" the ballads were interspersed with rousing numbers "Rolling People" and "Come On". Well those kind of tracks make their return here, with opener "Why not Nothing" as rock n roll as Ashcroft has ever sounded, and the superb title track Keys to The World, which samples a soul singer strangely enough!?! But these songs make all the difference, put in amongst more fine ballads, especially "Sweet Brother Malcolm", that make this Ashcrofts strongest effort since the Verve, and should be the Album we've all hoped he would make to put him back on top of the tree
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Jan. 2006
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On the surface, 'Keys to the World' is not a groundbreaking or original album. As many critics have pointed out, his lyrics are cliched and some of his songs come across as simple and shallow.
However, repeated listenings reveal a true masterpiece... the cliches become profound and the simple songs reveal themselves to be quite complex and meaningful (even 'Simple Song' itself!) It's difficult for me to rate 'Keys to the World' because it feels almost as if it can't be rated.
Richard says (in the accompanying DVD) that the album is just another part of a journey that he wants people to take with him... and once you're on that journey, the music takes on a whole new meaning. As Richard himself puts it: "Music is power/Let it flow through your mind".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Mason on 24 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a huge Richard Ashcroft fan from his early Verve days. I think he really cemented his status as one the best singer/songwriters this country's ever produced with the Urban Hymns album and I've been waiting for his solo work to match that standard. So far they haven't, but at last this new album really is up there with Urban Hymns and is fantastic, it will really stick in your mind for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Cole on 19 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
listened to this album throughout the weekend, and just think its fantastic. Excellent lyrics, I just love his lyrics. Been a long time fan, and was slightly concerned following the Coldplay link and some reviews. But I am more than impressed with this, and like all his past music. The more I play them, the more I like and fell the tunes (hope that makes sensem well does to me).
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By Jon T on 25 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Having been a big fan of the Verves stuff over the years, I continually find that once albums like Urban Hymns or A Northern Soul get in the CD player, they are in there for a while. With Richard Ashcrofts last two albums, although they were good, they didnt really have a lot of staying power. But having listened to Keys to the World for a couple of days, I can honestly say that there is definitely something about this one that makes it different from the others, some of the tracks on the album just flow so nicely and you find yourself reaching for the replay button over and over again. Notable tracks include - Music is power, Break the night with colour and World keeps turning, to name a few. Hopefully this will be the album that reminds people what an excellent singer, songwriter Richard Ashcroft is.
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