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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2000 | Hut

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He experienced what could have been a traumatic blow to his inventiveness and creativity as a musician but ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft is fresh. He has moved on from the effervescent prettiness of his former band to make music for himself -- something the Verve might have done somewhere in time, but it wouldn't have been so honest or stripped as this solo jaunt, Alone With Everybody. Another look into the shoegazing mind of this singer/songwriter, this record is not a comeback. Ashcroft is optimistic, hauntingly spellbound on the album opener "A Song for the Lovers." It is a signature love song, flowing with its illustrious string arrangements and simple brushing percussion. His drawl is naturally smooth and one cannot help but to be pulled into the seductiveness behind his words. "Brave New World" and "You on My Mind in My Sleep" are also songs that can carry emotion to another level, weighing in on something surreal. He also gets poppy with a sarcastic twist on the trippy groove "New York," and the twangy sounds of "Money to Burn" clap alongside folk-rock guitar riffs. Richard Ashcroft is still tastefully infectious. He still believes that music has a soul -- with or without his former band. He is certainly a rock star and a believer in love, death, musical spirituality, and individuality. That is what made the Verve a great rock band in the first place, but Ashcroft's superior drive to do something real only makes him and his music more endearing. He is looking ahead, not wishing for past adventures. He celebrates life, pure and simple. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Alternative & Indie - Released October 19, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Perhaps the title Natural Rebel echoes the title A Northern Soul, the 1995 album that established the Verve not just as a weird, ambitious rock band but one with commercial ambition, but that's where the comparisons end. If the Verve spent their career striving to achieve undetermined heights, Richard Ashcroft is content with comfort within his solo recordings, reviving sounds he never acknowledged during the period where he was known as "Mad Richard." Certainly, the Ashcroft of Natural Rebel is anything but mad. He's sober, serene, and sophisticated, never bothering with a swift tempo when a dirge will do. Thanks to the supple production, which is as at ease with the dripping strings of "That's How Strong" as it is with the lite disco of "Born to Be Strangers," this all goes down exceedingly easy, but it's music that has no greater aspiration than being the agreeable soundtrack to everyday tasks. This modesty may prove the title to be a lie -- there's nothing rebellious about the music and not much natural, either -- but its immaculate anodyne tones are soothing, and that's superficially pleasing, even if it doesn't remotely seem attached to the Richard Ashcroft of lore. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 18, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Alternative & Indie - Released September 10, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2002 | Hut

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Pop - Released July 19, 2010 | UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 26, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Parlophone

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 5, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 10, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Parlophone

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Parlophone

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 20, 2016 | Harvest Records (US1A)

Six years after forming the United Nations of Sound -- a pseudo-group that lasted no more than a single record -- Richard Ashcroft pushes himself back into the spotlight on These People, a 2016 album that finds the former Verve singer reuniting with Wil Malone, an orchestrator who worked on Urban Hymns and Northern Soul. Malone's presence suggests These People may achieve a certain symphonic heft, yet Ashcroft sidesteps the churning psychedelia and progressive majesty of the Verve's prime. In its place, the singer/songwriter taps into a certain insouciant sophistication, favoring insistent arena anthems and finely tailored Eurodisco. Often, Ashcroft's intentions are apparent -- it's evident whenever he's following the blueprints of "Bittersweet Symphony" and "The Drugs Don't Work," just as it's clear that the dance beats and electronics are a bid for hip credibility -- but he winds up with sounds that aren't the ideal vehicle for whatever vague sociological protest Ashcroft attempts to mine here. If the music is separated from the message -- which is fairly easy to do, due to its slippery shimmer -- These People functions as a pleasing adult alternative record. True, it's an album that favors mood over form but after several somnolent solo records, not to mention the botched ambitions of the United Nations of Sound, the cool assurance and shiny veneer of These People is quite welcome. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 15, 2016 | Harvest Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 15, 2016 | Harvest Records (US1A)

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 12, 2017 | Harvest Records (US1A)

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Rock - Released March 22, 2011 | Razor & Tie - Concord

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Parlophone

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Parlophone

Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Parlophone

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