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  • Audio CD (19 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B003OT4LZY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 debut album from former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft and mates. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York and London, the album was produced by Chicago Hip Hop pioneer No ID (Common, Jay-Z). String arrangements are by Benjamin Wright, the man responsible for the strings on Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, and engineered by Grammy Award-winning Motown legend Reggie Dozier (Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye). Other musicians featuring on the album include Mary J Blige's guitarist Steve Wyreman, Paul 'DW' Wright (bass), and Derrick Wright (drums). All songs written by Richard Ashcroft.

BBC Review

Richard Ashcroft is known for a lot of things: fronting The Verve, writing some of the most unifying, lighters-aloft anthems of the 90s, hanging out with Oasis (who wrote Cast No Shadow about him), pinching samples from The Rolling Stones and, well, being a bit mad. He did, remember, once tell a journalist, in all seriousness, that he could fly.

What he's not known for, though, is operating outside of his stylistic comfort zone. His latest project The United Nations of Sound, however, is certainly... different. Recruiting the formidable talents of revered session players Steve Wyreman (guitar) Paul DW Wright (bass) and drummer Derrick Wright, Ashcroft then decided to call up a producer whose recent work he admired–so far, so normal. But that man happened to be No ID, a hip hop/RnB aficionado dubbed "the Godfather of Chicago hip hop".

The result of this unlikely collaboration is 12 tracks that will probably shock hardcore Verve fans–half of them almost certainly will. It sounds like the most collaborative thing the singer has done in years: Wyreman's freewheeling, frequent solos (the first two tracks, Are You Ready and Born Again, both end in a hail of fretwork) often prove as bombastic as the vocal, but it's No ID's involvement–as you might expect–that yields the seachange.

Three tracks in–is that a hip hop beat? Yes, it is. Does it suit the voice of a man born in Wigan? Oddly enough, yes it does. This Thing Called Life even has him rapping over a full-on, banging RnB backdrop, supported by a choir. It should all be utterly preposterous, but the unshakeable self-belief on display, and the accomplished beats No ID lays down, ensures Ashcroft somehow gets away with it.

Not always, though: elsewhere, what sounds like a Barry White impersonation on Life Can Be So Beautiful is faintly embarrassing, whilst How Deep Is Your Man borrows so obviously from Chuck Berry's No Particular Place to Go that even the deeply risible title can't save it. The album's second major piece of plagiarism comes on Royal Highness: the chord progression from The Velvet Underground's Sweet Jane is lifted wholesale.

It might not always succeed in its style-swapping, but The United Nations of Sound is certainly as bold a record as Ashcroft's ever made. If you thought he was incapable of making non-Verve music, it's time to think again.

--John Roberts

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By c_wood2@talk21.com on 24 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Richard ashcroft just keeps putting out quality album after Quality album , and once again he has done himself proud , To be able to carry the burden of the Verve reputation hanging over him to then produce a brilliant album like this with quality songs from Are You Ready , Born Again , Americaright through to She Brings Me The Music , Glory,and Let My Soul Rest, The man is a undervalued genius , get the album ... Listen to it , Love it ...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Macca on 23 July 2010
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I too was really looking forward to the new album after being at the Sheperds Bush gig a few weeks ago. I read some real bad reviews last week, including one from NME.

Its actually a great album, very different from anything I've heard before. Refreshng considering the dross that is pumped out these days which we are told is "great music".

These journalists seem to have a personal vendetta against Ashcroft, possibly they feel he's too big for his boots.

If you like his previous solo material, dont have any doubts about buying this album, its a winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Adam Hampton-matthews on 19 July 2010
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I was shocked to read in many music magazines that this album had been criticised harshly! I couldn't disagree more - this album is consistently strong and includes absolutely great songs such as Are You Ready, Born Again and She Brings Me The Music - in my opinion Richard Ashcroft has done extremely well. Personally - it just misses the peak of The Verve in terms of quality.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dreamlife on 25 July 2010
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After his last, fairly weak, in my opinion, solo album, and a verve album that was just OK, I was not expecting anything great here. How wrong I was, Ascroft gives it 100% here, and then some, with great support form quality musicians and production. It's a very strong and uplifting sound, especially on the first 2 powerful tracks, but there is not a duff track on here. One of the best albums I've heard for a long time. Can we have more artists like this please?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Coleman on 25 July 2010
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9.30 in the morning and this album was blasting out in a nearly deserted high street music store, I had no idea who had created this music but in the space of three tracks I was hooked. The backdrop to these songs is Phil Spector big and the vocalist streches himself to the very limits of his capabilities, honey dripped to growling rasp. Sure you can pick out the places where the inspiration for the styling of these tracks came, but the guy never seems to borrow from a legend and come away looking anything but credible. I have the feeling this album is going to be played on a loop in my home, car, workplace for many months. For me the album of summer 2010.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mc W on 28 Jun 2012
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Ok I'm biased as a long time Verve fan and then Richard Ashcroft's solo stuff. This is another quality addition to his musical works...and to anyone's CD collection. Hard to pick a favourite track, but 'Are you ready' is stunning. Buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocket Fueled Imagination Nation on 25 Aug 2010
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No music has blown off the cobwebs from this early 21st century genius void like Richard Ashcroft's.

The creativity, soul and poetry shines through. This CD is a shower in the waterfall of ecstacy.

PS My band, The RFIN (Rocket Fueled Imagination Nation)had the Nation thing going a few years before, but hey RPA is still a top man.

Love & Positivity
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As a fan of the verve and Ashcroft's solo work, I thought I'd pick this up on the cheap, and I wasn't disappointed to say the least.
The overall feel of the album is that of the Verve's album 'Forth', being fairly different from the classic tracks from the late 90's early 00's, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. The majority of the album is solid, with some really catchy songs such as 'Royal Highness' and 'Born Again'. Though there are some hit/miss songs that some will love some will not (Glory, Let my soul rest). I personally found most of them to be perfectly fine, though among friends opinion was divided.
All in all, If you like the verve, then this album shouldn't disappoint, If you don't like the verve, why not give it a try, It's different enough that you just might like it.
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