The World Is Yours

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The brash young face of the Stone Roses in 1987 would hardly seem to have mellowed into the workmanlike star vocalist of 2007, but Ian Brown (rather) quietly matured into a dependable record-maker, with occasional spots of brilliance in his discography. His second and third records are post-Brit-pop masterpieces, and he's never made a disappointing record. The World Is Yours actually does have its disappointing moments, but it also has some high points, too. Case in point: it features the best band Brown has ever accumulated -- ex-Pistols Steve Jones on guitar and Paul Cook on drums, plus Happy Mondays' Paul Ryder on bass -- but they appear on only two tracks. Those two, ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The brash young face of the Stone Roses in 1987 would hardly seem to have mellowed into the workmanlike star vocalist of 2007, but Ian Brown (rather) quietly matured into a dependable record-maker, with occasional spots of brilliance in his discography. His second and third records are post-Brit-pop masterpieces, and he's never made a disappointing record. The World Is Yours actually does have its disappointing moments, but it also has some high points, too. Case in point: it features the best band Brown has ever accumulated -- ex-Pistols Steve Jones on guitar and Paul Cook on drums, plus Happy Mondays' Paul Ryder on bass -- but they appear on only two tracks. Those two, "Sister Rose" and "Me and You Forever," are incredible. Only an all-star team like this could have produced a sound that's as loose as a great rock & roll band (we're talking Faces or Rolling Stones here) but also as tight as an in-the-pocket backing band has to be. The rest of the album has strings featured prominently on every track, plus heavy reverb on the guitars and echo on the drums, creating a rigidly technical sound that's half dub-reggae and half hip-hop circa 2006 channeling soul circa 1972. This proves to be the work of Buffalo hip-hop producer Emile (aka Emile Haynie), who has worked on single tracks by C-Rayz Walz, Ghostface Killah, Cormega, Big Noyd, and others. Aside from the intrigue of Brown's choice of producer, the results leave much to be desired. Emile isn't satisfied to craft simple, hard-hitting rap productions, he seems to want to exercise a classical itch and make sweeping Gorecki-type orchestrations that miss their mark. (One great exception is "Eternal Flame.") Brown's lyrics aren't stellar either -- the opener trots out a series of clichés ("You can only find the gold by digging in the dirt/ If you're gonna play with fire, then you're gonna get burnt/You can never reach the heights and avoid the hurt yeah/The world is yours"). The second track adds some crude philosophy, with "Just as life is for living, so love is for giving/Life's no simple situation/There's the added complication, that the reason we're here nobody knows/In all creation." Brown can be brilliant or blindingly obvious, all depending on the quality of his productions, since his vocals and delivery rarely waver. He can tell us that dolphins were monkeys and sound great, or he can decry war, the plight of street children in Rio de Janeiro (as he does here) and sound pedestrian. He sounds most engaged, and writes his best lyrics, on the anti-war "Illegal Attacks" (with Sinéad O'Connor).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 602517420298
  • Catalog Number: 1742029
  • Sales rank: 246,537

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Brown Primary Artist
Mark Berrow Violin
Paul Cook Drums
Caroline Dale Cello
Steve Davidson Guitar
Liz Edwards Violin
Garfield Jackson Viola
Skaila Kanga Harp
Martin Loveday Cello
Inder Matharu Percussion
Sinéad O'Connor Background Vocals
Andy Pask Double Bass
Johnathan Rees Violin
George Robertson Viola
Andy Ross Saxophone
Andy Rourke Bass Guitar
Paul Ryder Bass Guitar
Cathy Thompson Violin
Shelley Van Loen Violin
Gillian Findlay Violin
Simon Hale Conductor
Mary Scully Double Bass
Ben Chappell Cello, Celli
Peter Lale Viola
Tony Pleeth Celli
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Frank Schaefer Celli
Jackie Shave Leader
Bruce White Viola
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Julian Leaper Violin
Dave McCracken Synthesizer, Drums
Richard Watkins French Horn
Matt Pegg Bass Guitar
Alison Kelly Violin
Rachel Bolt Viola
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
David Ayre Double Bass
Tim Hutton Trombone, Trumpet, Bass Guitar
Tim Wills Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Mike Thompson French Horn
Christopher Clad Violin
Bill Lockhart Timpani
Rhianna Kenny Background Vocals
Emile Haynie Drums
Christopher Tombling Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Caroline Dearnley Celli
Technical Credits
Paul Cook Composer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Simon Hale Orchestral Arrangements
Ian Brown Composer
Dave McCracken Programming
Perry Mason Principal
Tim Wills Composer, Programming, Engineer
Benet Walsh Illustrations
Robert Maxfield Composer
Emile Haynie Composer, Programming, Producer
Steve Price Engineer
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