Well, what can I say about Music of the Spheres? The latest Ian Brown album is what I would describe as a natural progression, in a series of journeys. With every album his work seems to advance in all areas. From the beginnings of his solo career with Unfinished Monkey Buisness, to the more experimental electronic sounding Golden Greats, Ian has come up smelling of roses with this stone set winner. From the outset of the album, F.E.A.R to the grand finale with Shadow of a Saint, Ian carves a deep groove, which is exactly what he does best. Keeping in with his general space-cadet style, he manages to make the album just float by from track to track effortlessly. Without, dare I say, even one bad moment. Stardust is well-mellow, Gravy Train is another dig at the Champagne & cocaine vampires of the world. Bubbles is a classic, uncannily reminding me of Beautiful Stranger by Madonna?? Northern Lights is another beautiful track with lyrics to match "I love to see you free & dancing. You are my angel and my play thing" sings Ian in his soft Manc whisper. Whispers has more of a dance/rock feel, with orchestral stab's & raw guitar. El Mundo Pequeno has Ian singing totally in Spanish, it has an all round Mexican feel. Forever & a day is a nice short track with floaty sounds, but but my fave track has got to be Shadow of a saint.
"Sat in the grass, upon a hill, the air so still, you came to me to say, I'll take away your tears & stay with you for years" - I hope that is a promise. I'm addicted to this album, like the two that came before it. It just get's better with every listen...I'm standing in the shadow of a saint.