Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. He hasn't always got the tunes, but this effort shows off more than enough ideas to keep King Monkey swinging for a good while yet.
  2. Sadly, for all the passion and insight of his lyrical aspersions here, a lot of the messages are left a tad subdued by the conveyor belt plod orchestration.
  3. 60
    The World is Yours falls too short. [October 2007, p.102]
  4. 60
    More memorable for famous guests than fine tunes, The World Is Yours does not diminish Brown’s reputation, but it lacks the exotic, adventurous reach of his best work.
  5. The less devout should keep a pinch of salt on stand-by. [Oct 2007, p.100]
  6. There's no denying the mystical allure of the music that accompanies it all.
  7. Although Brown is to be commended for braving topics that other songwriters would fear to tread, he has a habit of expressing his sentiments in the most laughably simplistic terms.
  8. While his lyrics sometimes verge on the platitudinous, musically, this is his most arresting solo set, thanks in no small part to the John Barry-esque strings.
  9. Ian Brown’s fifth solo album is about the big issues. And while he's picked all the right targets, lyrically and musically it’s still a bit disappointing.
  10. It sounds good--Brown's detached, wispy/gritty voice is pleasing as ever, and I like a pop string arrangement as much as the next guy--but it doesn't add up to much in the end.
  11. The World Is Yours is one of the year's worst albums.

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