• Record Label: BMG
  • Release Date: Oct 19, 2018

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
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  1. Mojo
    Oct 16, 2018
    Ever constructed around our hero's robust tenor and rattling acoustic, then adorned with A-grade orchestration, it inescapably evokes Urban Hymns. [Nov 2018, p.93]
  2. Q Magazine
    Oct 16, 2018
    These songs might not defeat Fu Manchu, but they're a fine addition to Richard Ashcroft's hand. [Nov 2018, p.100]
  3. Dec 19, 2018
    This is a rootsy album of pedal steel guitars, orchestral flourishes, and rather sweet songs of a happy life. When an artist has given us soundtracks to our youth and failings, we afford them an enormous amount of goodwill and do not begrudge their good fortune. Natural Rebel is not without it's shine.
  4. Oct 19, 2018
    Ashcroft has sanded off almost all the edges: where his last record nodded vaguely in the direction of electronica, this one hugs at the roots-rocker end of his musical palette: pedal steels and acoustics are much in evidence.
  5. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2018
    Assured, yes, but there's very little rebellion here. [Dec 2018, p.23]
  6. Oct 18, 2018
    This is the closest he has ever got to recreating the mesmeric intensity and emotional release of Urban Hymns. He has thankfully ditched the electronic effects that tried to lend 2016's These People a vestige of pop modernity.
  7. Oct 22, 2018
    Though Natural Rebel has its moments, it all feels a bit staid and stale: not so much rock’n’roll rebellion as conventional cliché, both musical and lyrical.
  8. Oct 19, 2018
    There's nothing rebellious about the music and not much natural, either--but its immaculate anodyne tones are soothing, and that's superficially pleasing, even if it doesn't remotely seem attached to the Richard Ashcroft of lore.
  9. Oct 19, 2018
    It feels staid, played out, and more than a little boring; despite Ashcroft’s pleas for energy, it feels absolutely zonked out, the wire-thin production helmed by the songwriter himself.
  10. 40
    Natural Rebel, sadly, is paint-by-numbers singer-songwriting. For a 10-track album, it feels hideously overindulgent--only two songs fall under the four-minute mark, and those still feel drawn out by plodding, bog-standard riffs.
  11. 40
    It’s only on the closing ‘Money Money’ that he sounds like any sort of rebel at all, upping the pace dramatically for a chunk of smoke-spewing Motörhead ‘battle rock’, railing against the seditious lure of materialism.
  12. Oct 16, 2018
    Ashcroft's vocal, which once soared and demanded your attention, sounds languid and forced to the point where one is left wondering if he can muster up any will power himself to sing what are by and large, trite soundbites that could have been written on any number of post-it notes.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 20, 2018
    Amazing album written by amazing songwriter and singer. Every song is catchy and beautiful. SURPRISED BY THE JOY
  2. Aug 31, 2019
    His voice and his music are perfect, I'm in love with some of the songs in this almbum.
  3. Jul 4, 2019
    richard ashcroft is the best in the world rest all music is **** dont know why these radio commitees and review magazines like the **** thingsrichard ashcroft is the best in the world rest all music is **** dont know why these radio commitees and review magazines like the **** things and ignores the real true things like liam gallagher and richard ashcroft are the last true stars left. so yes i would have given them 100 stars if i could but yes 10 stars Full Review »