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United Nations of Sound

Richard Ashcroft, RPA & The United Nations Of SoundAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B004ISVH5W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Are You Ready?
2. Born Again
3. America
4. This Thing Called Life
5. Beatitudes
6. Good
7. Lovin
8. How Deep Is Your Man?
9. She Brings Me The Music
10. Third Eye
11. Royal
12. Highness
13. Glory
14. Life Can Be So Beautiful
15. Let My Soul Rest

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Mr. Ashcroft has a big, round, craggy voice. It s put to good use on Are You Ready?, the moody, confrontational single from his new solo record, United Nations of Sound. --New York Times 3/18/2011

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

Product Description

Richard Ashcroft is the essence of Brit Cool. Like Syd Barrett or Nick Drake before him, Pete Doherty and Alex Turner after him, Ashcroft is one of those rarified rock eccentrics; the type of visionary spirit that s one of England s greatest musical exports. As the frontman of The Verve, Ashcroft was the signature voice of 1990s English pop music. The band s global megahit Bittersweet Symphony - which Chris Martin famously called the best song ever written, sung by the best singer in the world - made them stars in the States and heroes at home. He s played Saturday Night Live, graced the cover of Rolling Stone, been nominated for VMAs, GRAMMYs, and The Mercury Prize, but he s never made a soul record with a hotshot hip-hop producer and venerated Motown greats, until now. In 2009, Ashcroft disbanded The Verve and focused on writing songs inspired by his love of soul, funk and gospel. The result is his first solo album in four years, United Nations Of Sound.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ashcroft Delivers! March 25, 2011
Format:Audio CD
As a big Ashcroft fan I couldn't wait to hear something new from him.I enjoyed "The Journey" and the single "Are You Ready",but was not prepared for a full,head on,Hip-Hop,bouncy,loopy,string of songs from Richard Ashcroft.
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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great Cd, just what I was hoping for. March 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Don't understand the negative feed back for this album. I really like it. If fact, I believe it is his second best solo cd, other than the first one. Some high points are America and Lets Do This Thing Called Life. It has both great ballads and fast paced gems. Glad to see Ashcroft put out such a quality cd.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid From Start To Finish April 6, 2011
By Sack220
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good disk and there's not a dull spot on the entire album. I have no idea where the bad reviewers are coming from. I've been listening to it daily ever since it hit my ears. It's one of my favorite new disk that I've listened to in a while (and I go through a lot of music). I put this disk up there with Alone With Everybody and Human Conditions. If you like the Ricker's other stuff then you'll like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of pace May 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Richard's first solo CD (Alone with Everybody) lends itself to repeat listening - I've probably heard it 50 times. His 2nd (Human Conditions) was a lower energy affair but still pretty good. His third (Keys to the World) featured songs that were more compact than we were used to hearing from him, but again, other than the single "Why Not Nothing", the energy level was generally decreasing from that of his first solo CD and his work with the Verve.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant sound and lyrics! June 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of Richard Ashcroft..This is a brilliant CD. I feel some spiritual overtones in this CD and that makes it even more awesome. All the songs are so great and the lyrics draw you in over and over. It's different and I love it! Can't wait for more from Richard......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough!! April 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Richard, the voice behind the epic and legendary band The Verve, is back with a new sound but still as melodic and brutally honest as ever! Richard, besides his out of this world voice, is able to write some of the most amazing lyrics that touch not only your inner self, consciousness and heart, but that place where very few dare to expose or talk about! My only regret is he doesn't put out more music more often..then again, this kind of music and honesty is worth waiting for- a lifetime! From Alone With Everybody to this latest effort..Richard takes you on a journey..feels your pain, relates to you..uplifts you!

Thanks, Richard..you're still the man, bro!!

Let my soul rest!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still a solid songwriter September 6, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
If you dig Ashcroft's voice, and songwriting style you will enjoy this. Nothing groundbreaking here though in my humble opinion though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding July 31, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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. But it is a nice, unique, modern, hip-hop, rock, orchestration, fusion thing happening that I was really surprised with, and then really loved.
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