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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00005QCYP
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Ian Brown - Music Of The Spheres - Cd

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Ian Brown's third solo album confirms that the former Stone Roses singer has now settled into what may euphemistically be termed his trademark sound. Music of the Spheres, like its predecessors Unfinished Monkey Business and Golden Greats, coalesces around a shuffling, semi-funky rhythm section, spasmodic guitar sparks, and Ian's comfy, flat vocal intoning a mixed bag of cosmic insights. The conservatism is no drawback: Brown has found a winning formula and is not minded to change it. So, in addition to the musical familiarity, King Monkey revisits previous lyrical concerns: both "Gravy Train" and "Whispers" condemn Met Bar-frequenting, cocaine-abusing media types, and "Hear No Speak No" is merely glancing mystic guff. Brown can do much better and, thankfully, he does. On the layered, symphonic "F.E.A.R." he recites a string of acronyms (For Everyman a Religion, Final Execution and Resurrection, etc) over a luscious stoned beat, and "Stardust" is a lurching, baggy groove-heavy monster from the halcyon days of Madchester, as is the trippy, knowing "Bubbles". True, Ian Brown is still no Sinatra, but to the credit of this maverick icon, Music of the Spheres is a clever, insidious album from a man who knows exactly what he's doing. --Ian Gittins

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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.
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Since the sad demise of the Stone Roses, Ian Brown has released some patchy work.. a mixture of brilliant tracks and some real duds (Unfinished Monkey Business is a good example of this - some brilliant tunes, some unplayable) "Music of the Spheres", however, only contains one weak track ("Hear no, see no").. of the remainder, "Gravy Train" and "Stardust" are good. "Northern Lights" and "Shadow of a saint" are corkers! Buy it.. play it a couple of times.. you won't be able to stop humming the tunes to yourself. It's a cool cd.. occasionally miss the powerful guitar of yesteryear (but what did happen to the Seahorses?)
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And so Ian Brown returns to the fray with his third solo album in four years. This piece is certainly his finest since the Roses and is a terrifically well put together project.
Opening with the hit single " F.E.A.R " which is slightly different on the album. Ian proves he still has one of the most enchanting voices in the business. That together with pounding drums and a tight guitar working out with strings make this a good choice for album opener. We then rocket to " Stardust " with Ian claiming he has the " Same DNA as Stardust " and with a song as good as this who could blame him. Check out the super swirling riff towards the middle of the song. " Gravy Train " sees Ian return on his quest to try and destroy coccaine for good. " Bubbles " a heavily dubbed song which further indicates Browns intentions to push the boundaries even further. We then come to the most dissapointing song on the album, if you can call it a song. " Hear no, See No , Speak No " which is literally as it says on the tin, with very little to Hear on it. " Norhtern Lightes " is a lovely progressive song that builds into almost an anthem. Ian singing " If I`m your rose, You are my sun and rain " A strong single contender. It is then that we arrive at " Whispers " My personal favourite of the album simply because of the fantastic melody. Its melody, vocals, drums, strings , everything about it is just so right. There`s even in my opinion the most appealing guitar riff off the album." El Mundo Paqueno " Or " The Small World " is next. Its Brownie`s first attempt at singing in Spanish on a record and he carries it off handsomely.
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By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2002
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This album is brilliant and without doubt his best work since THAT album in 1989. Apart from the hideous Hear No See No every song is fantastic, the best songs being F.E.A.R., Bubbles and Whispers.Throughout the album he mixes guitars, great lyrics, good vocals, great production (from Dave McCracken) and an electronic fusion of keyboards and drum machines to create one of the best albums of 2001.
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Mr Brown has long been regarded as a poor vocalist live and not sure anyone truly expected him to go on to great success afte the Stones Roses split, but some of his solo work has been excpetional. A great album.
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By nmid on 16 Jan. 2002
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First two albums are very good but if your a stone roses fan and you want some more of the mellow tones of mr browns voice then this album is an absolute must for your collection. The man just gets cleverer with the lyrics and music every time he brings out another album. This would definitely be in my top 3 favourites.
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This is probably Ian Brown's best album to date-clever, seemingly effortless, it just glides along. Northern Lights is an all time classic track with immensely powerful understated guitar playing, FEAR is a groundbreaking approach to deconstructive songwriting, and Whispers is a stone cold soul classic worthy of Isaac Hayes. The tracks are all relatively short and so never outstay their welcome, and this also helps create the feel of a real complete album in the way that they float into one another, rather than just a set of singles and b-sides that some other bands generate. What's more, it's held up over time, and still sounds more consistently progressive and inventive than most other stuff out there-more John Cale than Noel Gallagher.
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