Solarized

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
On his fourth solo album, Ian Brown marches on as confidently as ever, mixing mystical aural textures with massively addictive melodies. Album opener "Longsight M13" is as catchy as any song in Brown's back catalog and continues the spacy vibes of his previous full-length effort, Music of the Spheres. "Time Is My Everything" blends Stone Roses ephemera with dusty Spanish horns straight out of an Ennio Morricone spaghetti Western film score, while a goth guitar backdrop on "Destiny or Circumstance" warps the mind like nothing since the Sisters of Mercy. There is sometimes a sense, as on the title track, that Brown has gone a little too far into the stratosphere, if not ...
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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
On his fourth solo album, Ian Brown marches on as confidently as ever, mixing mystical aural textures with massively addictive melodies. Album opener "Longsight M13" is as catchy as any song in Brown's back catalog and continues the spacy vibes of his previous full-length effort, Music of the Spheres. "Time Is My Everything" blends Stone Roses ephemera with dusty Spanish horns straight out of an Ennio Morricone spaghetti Western film score, while a goth guitar backdrop on "Destiny or Circumstance" warps the mind like nothing since the Sisters of Mercy. There is sometimes a sense, as on the title track, that Brown has gone a little too far into the stratosphere, if not wacky Kula Shaker territory, but the album's strident catchiness and Brown's wispy, wired voice are grounding forces strong enough to drown out any sense of tackiness. For every step into Middle Eastern exoticism, there's also a step to the dancefloor or a turn to early-'80s electro, such as "Kiss Ya Lips No I.D." or the sprightly, wired background keyboards on "Longsight M13." Stone Roses fans who haven't tracked Brown's musical progress after that band's breakup will find much to love on Solarized, another mini-masterpiece that perfectly balances mood and melody.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602498680636
  • Catalog Number: 9868063
  • Sales rank: 166,110

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Brown Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards
Frankie Brown Guitar
Noel Gallagher Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Aziz Ibrahim Guitar
Dave McCracken Drums, Keyboards
Tim Hutton Bass, Guitar, Trumpet, Horn
Dan Bierton Drums
Inda Goldfinger Percussion
Tim Wills Bass, Guitar, Piano
Tracey Ray Background Vocals
Sean McCann Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Noel Gallagher Composer
Ian Brown Composer, Producer
Aziz Ibrahim Composer
Dave McCracken Programming, Producer
Tim Hutton Composer
Dan Bierton Composer
Tim Wills Composer, Producer, Engineer
Louis Read Engineer
Darren Moss Composer
Charlie Waddington Composer
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