Alone With Everybody - Richard Ashcroft
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  • Summary: The debut solo release from The Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 90
    Nearly an instant classic...one of the most convincing and refreshing debuts in recent memory.
  2. 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
  3. This is a confident, competent new direction from one of rock's most intriguing figures.
  4. There's a lot to like about Alone With Everybody, and a lot to take in. Most of these busily layered tracks exceed five minutes, and most outstay their welcome.
  5. 70
    Fans of the The Verve, or just plain fans of "Bittersweet Symphony," may feel a little let down as the record as a whole, though still steeped in a love of strings and complex arrangement, does not carry the same sonic weight of previous work.
  6. 60
    In all seriousness, it's often closer to Elton John than The Verve.
  7. Overly orchestrated mid-tempo ballads with inane lyrics.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. PhilA
    Jan 9, 2006
    10
    Richard Ashcroft has made a brilliant debut solo album here. While this in no way can be compared to the Verve and what they did, it's Richard Ashcroft has made a brilliant debut solo album here. While this in no way can be compared to the Verve and what they did, it's still incredible and fascinating album. Anyone who says this is Middle of the Road is really not listening, because Ashcroft is easily being innovative on this record the same way the Verve were. Check out the incredibly 'out there' New York, with heavy hitting riffs and interesting back drop noises. I Get My Beat is also sounding nothing like what I've ever heard on the radio. Meanwhile, Ashcroft throws in some deliciously infectious pop tunes via "C'mon People We're Making It Now" which sound only like Ashcroft and nothing else in this solar system. Match the catchy songs with their confidence and absolute power to affect, like A Song For The Lovers, which shows with great power how Ashcroft is still capable of wowing us. ?Great album, people who say otherwise need their heads examined. Expand
  2. alanl
    May 1, 2004
    10
    fuckin love it
  3. LilianaR
    Oct 9, 2006
    9
    I like: A song for the lovers!
  4. Oct 28, 2012
    8
    Like The Verve's "Urban hymns", "Alone With Everybody" took a giant step away from Ashcroft's former style of phsycadelic rock, and brought usLike The Verve's "Urban hymns", "Alone With Everybody" took a giant step away from Ashcroft's former style of phsycadelic rock, and brought us something completely new. However unlike 'Urban hymns", this album's success was by no means carried by a couple of hit singles. I'd say that there are at least a solid five tracks which massively contributed to the album's success. These tracks being "A song for the lovers", "On a beach", "Come on people", "Brave new world", and "I get my beat". One thing I personally love about this album is that Ashcroft seemed to explore all area's of his musical talent. For example, song's like "A song for the lovers" seemed more focused on orchestration while other songs such as "On a beach" seemed more focused on showing off ashcroft's vocal talent. Overall, this is a great album. It does have its flaws, but they're very hard to find. I give it an 8 out of 10 Expand
  5. JossS.
    Dec 25, 2001
    7
    even if over orchastrated, a soulful effort nonetheless. the album is almost too cohesive as the album displays only one sound, one mood. but even if over orchastrated, a soulful effort nonetheless. the album is almost too cohesive as the album displays only one sound, one mood. but the songs are strong and stand on their own as well as in the album format. Expand
  6. anshumans
    Jul 21, 2004
    6
    yeah at first listen it does sound over orchstrated...infact a lil' more than a few listens. it's a good buy though.
  7. dougb
    Apr 1, 2006
    1
    this recrod is wretched

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