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United Nations of Sound

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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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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
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Video: Are You Ready?
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Digital Booklet: United Nations Of Sound (Video)
Digital Booklet: United Nations Of Sound (Video)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 22, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: March 22, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B004ISVH5W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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When hearing about this new project by Richard Ashcroft, I was, as with anything associated with The Verve or Richard Ashcroft, quite excited about it. However, I wasn't expecting anything too different than any of Ashcroft's previous solo efforts. And I definitely wasn't expecting any of the material to be anything along the lines of The Verve. Ashcroft's solo work has always only incorporated small pieces of The Verve's sound (usually Urban Hymns era), and with this project, he's even furthered distanced himself from that. Collaborating with artists that are more involved in the Hip-Hop and R&B genres, and produced by No I.D. (who's worked with many Hip-Hop artists), this new project definitely has that kind of Hip-Hop feel to it on many of the tracks. Just listen to this record on a decent sound system, and you can tell the difference in the bass, and how the beats stand out in the songs. So if you're wanting some straight forward rock songs, (thought there's some decent guitar work here and there) there's just not a lot of that here. Which, honestly, I see Ashcroft as more of a pop artist now than a rock artist anyway. There's just not a lot of true "rock" tunes by Ashcroft since he the Verve disbanded (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.
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