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Ronson is no ghostly Phil Spector hanging back in the distance, though – he's an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who bounds around between guitars and keys, only sometimes settling on just producing and arranging. He even sings on the title-track. The songs are written in teams containing everyone from pop machine Cathy Dennis to ex-Libertine Anthony Rossomando and Phantom Planet man Alex Greenwald – the latter sang Version's take on Radiohead's Just.
Some of the collaborations fizz with the combination of energies and experiences. Boy George sings Somebody To Love Me which, despite being written by – count 'em – eight people who are quite specifically not Boy George, finds the former Culture Clubber pouring his heart out about his troubles of the last few years. It's great. Also fun is RnB crooner D’Angelo taking the logical next step towards sounding like he's auditioning for TV on the Radio on the gaudy pop synths of Glass Mountain Trust.
The problem with having so many different voices writing and performing is that Record Collection sounds like just that – a lot of different things plonked on a shelf that have their time and place but sound distractingly disparate when grouped together. And this feeling even distils down to individual songs – variety is the spice of life, but you wonder if the world needs a song as over-flavoured as Record Collection, written by (and sounding like it) one of the Kaiser Chiefs with an intro by Wiley, a chorus by Simon Le Bon and Ronson himself doing his best to keep up vocally during the verses.
Despite that, Record Collection is an infinitely more likable record than Version – even if The Bike Song makes you want to go and kick in some spokes. The cast list is great and some of the songs are excellent. Ever the businessman, Ronson must get props for his abilities to bring so much talent together; he's probably the only pop star you'd trust to organise a booze-up in a brewery.--Will Dean
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Don't believe the hype. Ronson must have borrowed my old Todd Rungren/Steely Dan albums from the 70's and 80's to knock this one out. Not really good enough.Published 4 months ago by Hola Stevio
Only just started listening to Mark Ronson recently and I think this album is great. Really different to a lot of music you hear.Published 17 months ago by Susan Hanson
Bought this LP just for the incredible "Somebody To Love Me" track, written by Cathy Dennis with vocals by Boy George - but the rest of the album is fantastic tooPublished 17 months ago by MW
This wonderful composition demonstrates a master of craft at work with not a note or beat out of place. Joyous.Published 23 months ago by A Photographer
ronson meets early daft punk bicycle song is great .to round things i spose this album will grow on you boy george track has great vocalsPublished on 16 May 2013 by luke