Alone with Everybody

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's easy to understand why the former front man of The Verve was sometimes dubbed "Mad Richard," given the degree to which he pursues his obsessions. On his solo debut, Richard Ashcroft pays homage to skid-row poet Charles Bukowski, tragic folk figure Nick Drake, and the late Brian Jones -- and then he pauses for breath. Each of the album's 11 songs unwraps differently, trailing odd origami patterns and cantilevered melodies that can lull or disturb, but seldom leave you thinking you've heard this before. "A Song for the Lovers" is probably the most accessible track here, but even there, Ashcroft spikes the driving melody with fillips redolent of Marrakech. Similarly,...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's easy to understand why the former front man of The Verve was sometimes dubbed "Mad Richard," given the degree to which he pursues his obsessions. On his solo debut, Richard Ashcroft pays homage to skid-row poet Charles Bukowski, tragic folk figure Nick Drake, and the late Brian Jones -- and then he pauses for breath. Each of the album's 11 songs unwraps differently, trailing odd origami patterns and cantilevered melodies that can lull or disturb, but seldom leave you thinking you've heard this before. "A Song for the Lovers" is probably the most accessible track here, but even there, Ashcroft spikes the driving melody with fillips redolent of Marrakech. Similarly, the echo-drenched vocal that wafts in and out of "New York" replicates the Big Apple's sensory overload, but brings in a bit of Summer of Love-era San Francisco as well. For the most part, Ashcroft steers clear of sensitive singer-songwriter cliché misstepping only on the string-drenched "You on My Mind in My Sleep", but Alone With Everybody is still a clean break with the rock excesses that characterized The Verve's later days. Call it a quiet pleasure, but a pleasure nonetheless.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
He experienced what could have been a traumatic blow to his inventiveness and creativity as a musician but ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is fresh. He has moved on from the effervescent prettiness of his former band to make music for himself -- something the Verve might have done somewhere in time, but it wouldn't have been so honest or stripped as this solo jaunt, Alone With Everybody. Another look into the shoegazing mind of this singer/songwriter, this record is not a comeback. Ashcroft is optimistic, hauntingly spellbound on the album opener "A Song for the Lovers." It is a signature love song, flowing with its illustrious string arrangements and simple brushing percussion. His drawl is naturally smooth and one cannot help but to be pulled into the seductiveness behind his words. "Brave New World" and "You on My Mind in My Sleep" are also songs that can carry emotion to another level, weighing in on something surreal. He also gets poppy with a sarcastic twist on the trippy groove "New York," and the twangy sounds of "Money to Burn" clap alongside folk-rock guitar riffs. Richard Ashcroft is still tastefully infectious. He still believes that music has a soul -- with or without his former band. He is certainly a rock star and a believer in love, death, musical spirituality, and individuality. That is what made the Verve a great rock band in the first place, but Ashcroft's superior drive to do something real only makes him and his music more endearing. He is looking ahead, not wishing for past adventures. He celebrates life, pure and simple.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724384949426
  • Catalog Number: 49494
  • Sales rank: 111,933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Ashcroft Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Melodica, Mellotron
John Barclay Trumpet
Stuart Brooks Trumpet
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Nigel Hitchcock Saxophone
Judd Lander Harmonica
Chuck Leavell Piano, Hammond Organ
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Teena Lyle Vibes
Pino Palladino Bass
Peter Salisbury Drums
Steve Sidelnyk Percussion
Jamie Talbot Baritone Saxophone
Philip Todd Saxophone
Will Malone Conductor
Samantha Smith Choir, Chorus
Kate Radley Keyboards
Christopher Marc Potter Bass
Jim Hunt Flute, Saxophone
Anna Noakes Flute
Donovan Lawrence Choir, Chorus
Vernetta Meade Choir, Chorus
Craig Wagstaff Conga
Duncan Mackay Trumpet
Technical Credits
Richard Ashcroft Producer, Art Direction
Tony Cousins Mastering
Chris Potter Producer
Steve Sidelnyk Programming
Will Malone Arranger
Christopher Marc Potter Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Captivating, Quite extrodinary, Richard Aschcroft is a Musical Genius

    People questioned Ashcroft's career after going solo. What's to question? The album is one of the best I have ever come across. Mellow, soulful tunes with lyrics that blow my mind. Quite impressive, but not unexpected from a man like Ashcroft. People unfamiliar to Richard Ashcroft and avid Verve fans alike will love this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfection, Pure & Simple

    I believe Richard has finally broken out of his shell with this album. He experiments with all kinds of sounds, and each song leaves you with a sense of enlightenment as well as anticipation (you just can't wait for the next song.) A must buy for everyone, including Verve fans. Richard Ashcroft has definitely arrived at the threshold of musical

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't question Ashcroft

    Verve fans wondering how much of the band's electricity really came from Richard Ashcroft will have their questions answered with 'Alone with Everybody.' His solo effort is reminiscent of the mellower melodies on 'Urban Hymns' and does lack some of the swelling, psychedelic guitars of earlier tracks, such as 'She's a Superstar,' but nevertheless, the album is a mesmerizing mix that will rope you in with just one listen. Don't hesitate buying this disc!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!!!!

    There are few albums in with the first listen blows one away. This is one of them.

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