• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Jun 27, 2000
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22

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  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 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 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. 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 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 tracksLike 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
  3. dougb
    Apr 1, 2006
    1
    this recrod is wretched
  4. alanl
    May 1, 2004
    10
    fuckin love it
  5. THEWALRUSSEMOLINA
    Nov 4, 2005
    9
    this is a great record, it can give you some positive energy an also it can put in a soft mood....I love it, my favourite track is Brave New World, a cool-fresh ballad alike Sonnet or Lucky Man from Verve`s Urban Hymns. Ashcroft is the second best songwriter nowadays (second to Noel Gallagher!) Buy it and listen to it 24 hours a day!
  6. LilianaR
    Oct 9, 2006
    9
    I like: A song for the lovers!
  7. 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 the songs are strong and stand on their own as well as in the album format.
  8. 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.
  9. Feb 1, 2017
    7
    After leading the psychedelic rock band The Verve, it has to be said Richard Ashcroft's first solo album is a relatively tame affair. Ashcroft's solo work in general highlights the fact that the Verve were very much a complete outfit rather than his backing band. At it's best moments, "Alone With Everybody" is pure genius but these moments are fleeting. More often than not, the albumAfter leading the psychedelic rock band The Verve, it has to be said Richard Ashcroft's first solo album is a relatively tame affair. Ashcroft's solo work in general highlights the fact that the Verve were very much a complete outfit rather than his backing band. At it's best moments, "Alone With Everybody" is pure genius but these moments are fleeting. More often than not, the album saunters along with mid tempo balladry that borders on country. Enjoyable if your in the right mood, calm, chilled, stoned but lacking energy in too many places. Expand
  10. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    So glad that he keeps composing great songs alone. Song for the lovers is a classic!
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. The problem is that Alone never peaks -- it's without a memorable riff or melody or chorus standing out from the mellow flow.
  2. Admittedly, he seems to be missing a sparring partner like McCabe and thus, "Alone" often suffers a lack of tension. Still, Ashcroft's unabashed joy is rather contagious.
  3. This is a confident, competent new direction from one of rock's most intriguing figures.