Music of the Spheres Deluxe

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Before Music of the Spheres was released, Ian Brown touted it as a return for him to the peak form of his former band, the Stone Roses. As things go in the U.K., many members of the British music press jumped on the comments and appropriated Brown's views as their own. Realistically, Music of the Spheres is a strong, mature album, befitted with lush, exhilarating production that easily fits alongside Unfinished Monkey Business and Golden Greats, but it doesn't introduce anything revolutionary or match the excellence of The Stone Roses. The only thing that seems new for Brown on Music of the Spheres is that a number of the songs sound like minimalist tone poem explorations...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Before Music of the Spheres was released, Ian Brown touted it as a return for him to the peak form of his former band, the Stone Roses. As things go in the U.K., many members of the British music press jumped on the comments and appropriated Brown's views as their own. Realistically, Music of the Spheres is a strong, mature album, befitted with lush, exhilarating production that easily fits alongside Unfinished Monkey Business and Golden Greats, but it doesn't introduce anything revolutionary or match the excellence of The Stone Roses. The only thing that seems new for Brown on Music of the Spheres is that a number of the songs sound like minimalist tone poem explorations and that he sings in Spanish on "El Mundo Pequeño." One example of the minimalism is "Hear No See No," where Brown accompanies spare electronic notes with whispers of the title lyrics. But the album is at its strongest when he reaches for the inspired hooks and choruses that are his bread and butter. "F.E.A.R." is particularly compelling, with its lush string sounds and Brown's insanely catchy repetition of the letters that make up the song's title. "Stardust" and "Shadow of a Saint" are the album's other standouts, where Brown concocts frazzled poetry like, "I'm made from stardust/The same DNA as stardust," and intones about the "wings of an angel." Less bombastic than Golden Greats and more focused than Unfinished Monkey Business, Music of the Spheres is brimming with charm and accomplished, polished songcraft. There's no reason for Brown to abandon this style of music, and there's also no reason that he should feel the need to match the glories of The Stone Roses. Ian Brown's solo discography includes nothing but vibrant, organic albums. Each is worth exploring nearly as much as those of his former band. Considering the undeniable genius of the Stone Roses, that's extremely high praise. [The 2005 Deluxe Edition includes an additional disc of remixes and bonus material on CD-R.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923991328
  • Catalog Number: 9913
  • Sales rank: 18,810

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 F.E.A.R. (4:30)
  2. 2 Stardust (4:30)
  3. 3 The Gravy Train (4:24)
  4. 4 Bubbles (4:34)
  5. 5 Hear No See No (3:29)
  6. 6 Northern Lights (4:14)
  7. 7 Whispers (3:56)
  8. 8 El Mundo Pequeño (4:01)
  9. 9 Forever and a Day (2:45)
  10. 10 Shadow of a Saint (4:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 F.E.A.R. (5:54)
  2. 2 Northern Lights (5:42)
  3. 3 The Gravy Train (5:00)
  4. 4 Forever and a Day (4:12)
  5. 5 Shadow of a Saint (6:26)
  6. 6 Superstar (4:50)
  7. 7 My Star 2002 (4:05)
  8. 8 Hear No See No Speak No (5:26)
  9. 9 Cokane in My Brain (1:45)
  10. 10 The Gravy Train (5:03)
  11. 11 Stardust (4:34)
  12. 12 El Mundo Pequeno (2:47)
  13. 13 F.E.A.R. (8:23)
  14. 14 Ian Brown Interview
  15. 15 Whispers
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Brown Primary Artist
John Hicks Piano
Mark Berrow Strings
Roger Chase Strings
Francis Dunnery Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Martin Loveday Strings
Rita Manning Strings
Inder Matharu Percussion
Maciej Rakowski Strings
Kate Wilkinson Strings
Dave Woodcock Strings
Dermot Crehan Strings
Bill Hawkes Strings
Peter Lale Strings
Tony Pleeth Strings
Philippa Ibbotson Strings
Patrick Kiernan Strings
Boguslaw Kostecki Strings
Frank Schaefer Strings
Jackie Shave Strings
Bruce White Strings
Perry Montague-Mason Strings
Philip Dukes Strings
Aziz Ibrahim Guitar
David Lieberman Background Vocals
Dave McCracken Keyboards
Mark Sayfritz Keyboards
Robin Taylor-Firth Keyboards
Matt Pegg Bass Guitar
Everton Nelson Strings
Miffy Hirsch Strings
Emlyn Singleton Strings
Paddy Lannigan Strings
Inda Goldfinger Percussion
Tim Wills Guitar
Robert Maxfield Drums
Shawn McMann Bass Guitar
Mary Sculty Strings
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Technical Credits
Keith L. Cooper Management
Howie Weinberg Master Vibrator
Ian Brown Producer
James Lavelle Programming, Remixing
Dave McCracken Programming, Producer
Mark Sayfritz Programming
Robin Taylor-Firth Producer
Damon Iddins Engineer
Steve Price Engineer
Dan Bierton Producer, Remixing
Tim Wills Engineer
Shawn Joseph Mastering
Michael White Assistant Photographer
Charlie Waddington Producer, Remixing
DJ Mek Remixing
Kennedy Cover Design
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