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Ian Brown's best yet?,
This review is from: My Way (Audio CD)
Whilst Golden Greats remains my personal favourite Ian Brown album with Music Of The Spheres a close second, "My Way" is definitely the man's most consistent set yet and contains great tunes in abundance!
Highlights, to name but a few, include "Stellify" (as strong a lead-off single as "F.E.A.R.", IMO), "Just Like You" (pure pop perfection), "Always Remember Me" (a beautiful elegaic ballad that should lay the ghost of his former band to rest), "Vanity Kills" (a clever, very contemporary sounding little ditty originally written for Kanye West!), "For The Glory" (simply a fantastic song) and "Marathon Man" (a deeply funky driving track with an übercatchy chorus).
Special mention should also be made of long-term collaborator and co-writer, Dave McCracken's deft production touch (although it would have been nice to hear some more live drums as some tracks like "Laugh Now" sound a bit mechanical), Amanda Ghost's lovely backing vox on a couple of tracks and also Inder Goldfinger's ingenious and often subtle percussion work throughout.
After the (only relatively) disappointing The World Is Yours and the somewhat patchy Solarized, the man sounds re-energised and musically & lyrically inspired, delivering a great, semi-autobiographical and stylistically varied (mostly) feel-good pop opus par excellance, which almost plays like a greatest hits set such is the quality on offer.
Fans of IB's solo work will surely not be disappointed and those whose curiousity has been piqued by the brou-ha-ha surrounding the 20th anniversary of THAT seminal debut of his late and great former band could do worse than make this their starting point for an exploration of his solo work (with his The Greatest hits collection making a good companion piece).