8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A real solo album,
By A Customer
This review is from: Alone With Everybody (Audio CD)
Many people think that The Verve was Richard Ashcroft but to overlook Nick McCabes' contributions would be foolish. McCabes' sublime guitar work gave The Verves' work a powerful yet totally unique sound and so when listening to Alone With Everybody one must do so with no pre-conceived ideas about its sound. Alone With Everybody is Ashcrofts album, he plays most instruments on every song but with all due respect Richard is no genius like McCabe. The songs are now driven mostly by Ashcrofts voice, moving away from the powerful melodic guitar lines. The new arrangement works however, due probably to the heartfelt lyrics. This is an album through which Richard looks to a happy future with his wife and child, moving away from the darker earlier Verve work. The songs move from upbeat pop with A Song For The Lovers and C'mon People to beautiful ballads like You On My Mind In My Sleep and Slow Was My Heart. However the closing Everybody hints at his past melancholic epics but this time the sadness is laced with hope. Overall this is a new direction for Richard Ashcroft and it is a direction in which he should continue. The songs capture a new side to his music and I for one cannot wait for more solo works from the great man.