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United Nations of Sound
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This ambitious, optimistic opus contains arena-ready rock anthems filled with swelling strings, blistering guitar solos and catchy choruses. --The Boston Herald 3/18/2011
Flourishes with a pumping hip-hop beat and swelling strings --Spin March 2011
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I was more "ready" for some "You On My Mind In My Sleep","Music is Power" type of an evening.I popped in the player,turned up the volume,and got ready.
I was already familiar with the lead off single"Are You Ready,"Born Again" was alright at first,"America" kicked up the momentum a bit,I was still waiting for that familiar Ashcroft signature tune."She Brings Me the Music" is as close as it gets to the old Richard sound....and it is a beautiful song to his wife.
The moment I waited for never really came,reason is...Richard completely and intentionally changes style on this record,top to bottom.The melodies are still there,the golden voice is also there,it's just wrapped in a funky and groovy beat.I admire the man for taking the risk and putting out some of his strongest material in such an unexpected genre.
At about the third listen is when it sunk in....this record isn't supposed to sound like anything from his past.The tracks are very well produced and they sound so much better live than on disc.
Critics have not been kind to this record for the simple reason,they want Richard to sound like The Verve again.If this album would have been put out by an unknown artist they would be praising the effort rather than tearing it apart.
Give it a shot,"Good Lovin'","America","Are You Ready","She Brings Me the Music","Let My soul Rest" and "Born Again" are a good start!
His new CD (United Nations of Sound) has the energy that has been largely missing from his last two solo CDs. I still have to spend more time with it to fully judge it, but after two sort of quiet CDs it's good to hear him get loud again.
Now as far as this album goes, as a whole, I'm just not overly impressed with it. I'm not saying it's a bad album. And maybe I need more time for it to grow on me, but there's not really a lot to get too excited about. This first thing I noticed about this album was that a large portion of these songs feel that they are more like jam sessions rather than completely finished, polished songs. I'm not saying the production or quality is bad, I'm just saying this album sounds a bit hurried to me in that regard.Read more ›
Thanks, Richard..you're still the man, bro!!
Let my soul rest!!!!!!!!!!!
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I only enjoy this CD because I'm a huge Richard Ashcroft fan. For whatever reason, his lyrics and music speak to me. That said, this was by far his worst effort. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Timothy Alan Lamb
If you dig Ashcroft's voice, and songwriting style you will enjoy this. Nothing groundbreaking here though in my humble opinion though.Published on September 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
He tries to be too creative on this and goes overboard. Too many hip-hop beats for me, and doesnt compare to his previous albums or the verve at all.Published on September 16, 2011 by Giovanni
If you are a Verve fan like myself then this album is not for you. Ashcroft has a great voice but that's where this ends. Read morePublished on August 4, 2011 by sf
Every song is solid. Especially "ARE YOU READY' which is brilliant. Not the Verve, so if that is why you are contemplating buying, then look away. Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by J. E. L. Romero