Artist: Richard Ashcroft Title Of Album: Alone With Everybody Year Of Release: Jun 27, 2000 Label: Virgin Records Genre: Rock, Alternative Format: MP3 Quality: 192 kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo Total Time: 59 min 43 sec Total Size: 82.1 mb
Personnel: Richard Ashcroft (vocals, guitar, melodica, piano, organ, Mellotron, keyboards, percussion); BJ Cole (pedal steel guitar); London Session Orchestra (strings); Lucinda Barry (harp); Jim Hunt (flute, saxophone); Jane Pickles, Anna Noakes (flute); Judd Lander (harmonica); Jamie Talbot (baritone saxophone); Philip D. Todd, Nigel Hitchcock (saxophone); Duncan Mackay, John Barclay, Stuart Brooks (trumpet); Chuck Leavell (piano, keyboards); Kate Radley (keyboards); Teena Lyle (vibraphone); Pino Palladino, Chris Potter (bass); Steve Sidelnyk (drums, percussion, programming); Peter Salisbury (drums); Craig Wingstaff (congas); Samantha Smith, Leonard Meade, Vernetta Meade, Michelle John-Douglas, Donovan Lawrence, Irene Myrtle Forrester (background vocals).
Following the worldwide success of The Verve's URBAN HYMNS album, vocalist Richard Ashcroft struck out on his own (with help from Verve drummer Peter Salisbury). ALONE WITH EVERYBODY, his debut solo effort, is a lush affair and the natural next step in furthering the sound of his former band's "Bittersweet Symphony." Each track is carefully constructed, replete with accentuating string sections, and highlights Ashcroft's relaxed-yet-earnest vocals.
Standouts are "Brave New World" and "Slow Was Heart," both which recall Echo And The Bunnymen and feature smoothed-out country grooves accented by subtle, snaky steel guitar. "New York" has an awkward yet curiously catchy funk undertone and swooping, overlapped guitars, while "You Must Be on My Mind," a gorgeous, slow motion lullaby, features a Verve-like instrumental break and is one of two tracks including ex-Spiritualized member Kate Radley (also known as Mrs. Richard Ashcroft). Speaking of Spiritualized, "Money to Burn" mines that band's alternative-gospel/blues vein, complete with harmonica, horns, and choral vocals. The album's highlight is "C'mon People (We're Making It Now)," which sounds as though it was a blast to record and is a catchy, glittering pop song to boot.
Tracklist --------- 1. A Song for the Lovers (5:26) 2. I Get My Beat (6:02) 3. Brave New World (5:59) 4. New York (5:30) 5. You on My Mind in My Sleep (5:06) 6. Crazy World (4:57) 7. On a Beach (5:09) 8. Money to Burn (6:15) 9. Slow Was My Heart (3:44) 10. C'mon People (We're Making It Now) (5:03) 11. Everybody (6:32)