I was meant to get this for Christmas but after reading Nasher's fantastic book Nasher Says Relax
I couldn't wait and bought all of albums myself.
Ripe is the first solo recording he did and I guess lots of people would be surprised - there isn't all of the production and controversy of Frankie Goes to Hollywood here - this is a beautifully put together collection of songs that often sounds like a group of great musicians playing live in your living room.
The lyrics have real meaning! All very real and honest - but what about the music?
Great! Well crafted songs performed well - what more could you want. King for a day is the perfect opener and sets up for what is to come. Yule B.Alright and Breathe I get completely lost in, A Girl like you is the poppy one and Keep Ya Sweet are all of the best tracks for me - but I love them all on the album.
I love Frankie Goes To Hollywood so I hope you understand what I mean by this - Frankie was all about the energy, controversy was involved and the songs were heavily produced and used lots of electronics and samples - I was surprised to find an accomplished song writer and musician had grown out of that.
Have a listen and see what you think - I hope you like it too!