Former Verve man Richard Ashcroft has more to say in 2016, in the form of his fourth solo album! His songcraft and production styles are comfortably reminiscent of 90’s / 2000’s indie-rock, with Ashcroft’s sentimental loverman vibes emerging in some of the more ballady numbers. Released by Righteous Phonographic Association.
Vinyl Double LP £18.99 RPALP001
2LP on Righteous Phonographic Association.
CD £7.99 RPACD001
CD on Righteous Phonographic Association.
6/10 Gregor Omelasz 7th February 2017
Given that he may as well have been exiled for the past 15 years, this record was a pleasant surprise when you consider the disaster that was the United Nations of Sound. He's not hitting the heights he did with Alone With Everybody and Human Condition, and he probably never will again, but at least he's more focused on doing what he's good at instead of dabbling into territory he should be nowhere near.
This album doesn't set the world alight, but it's a reprieve from what he's put out in the last 10 years otherwise.
7/10 Jack 26th September 2016
Richard Ashcroft is a frustrating talent, prone to getting himself into ruts where he beats a formula to death -- for example, the slow-burning, acoustic-centred power ballad that lurches toward a big crescendo with strings and endless out-choruses over the course of five and half minutes, if we're lucky. This time Richard is experimenting with disco-ey kind of dance beats, an audacious move for a middle-aged Englishman best known for acoustic ballads. If you enjoy Richard Ashcroft's solo work, then you shouldn't be disappointed in These People.
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