The wonky alt-rock wizard of Warrington and Stone Roses alumnus Ian Brown concludes a decade off and leads comeback album Ripples with new earworm ‘First World Problems’. Brown’s disdain for those who dwell on those titular problems is palpable. He even becomes irate enough to rhyme ‘crazy’ with ‘lazy’.
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It's always a shock to realise that Ian Brown's solo career has never been as bad as you might think. He has at least two good songs under his belt in 'F.E.A.R' and 'Corpses In Their Mouths' which is pretty good going seeing as though the Stone Roses didn't have too many more good ones. Although I'm quite happy to hear his distinctive voice and flattened Manchester vowels again, it would be something of a worry if this was the best thing off his forthcoming LP 'Ripples'. It really is a rather repetitive thing that lacks any kind of chord change or middle eight of anything. It goes round and round and round and round. it's like watching a cereal bowl going round and round in the microwave for 6 minutes.
Still, I've only really ever heard good things about Ian Brown as a human - he seems a good egg....and anything to stop the Stone Roses making more records.
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