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RPA & The United Nations Of Sound album review - United Nations Of Sound  

2010-07-16 12:34:18|  分类: UNOS |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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There are two certainties in life: one, that we will all die eventually, and two, that Richard Ashcroft will always release the same album albeit under a different pseudonym. Both this new band, RPA & The United Nations of Sound, and the album, may be called the rather exuberant ‘United Nations Of Sound’ but there is nothing here that we haven’t come to expect from the former Verve front man.

First of all, that is by no means such a bad thing. There are moments on this album where you can get all caught up in the Britpop goodness, singing a would-be anthem, and living out the mid ‘90s all over again. The opening two-punch of ‘Are You Ready’ and ‘Born Again’ are brutal in their familiarity, and the guitar lines of Steve Wyreman are fit for marriage against the backdrop of Ashcroft’s fantastic Northern drawl. Verve purists will instantly fall in love with tracks like ‘Good Lovin’ which could easily have been a take from the classic ‘Urban Hymns’ album. Simply put, when Ashcroft is ‘on’ he delivers every time.

There are the occasional moments where the album tries to move into a different musical nuance but all eventually revert back into familiar territory with Ashcroft confined to playing it safe. Some of these subtle genre changes hit the mark and leave you confused as to why Ashcroft did not give more prominence to them such as the wonderfully blues-tinged ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. Others will leave you bemused as to how they were justified being on the tracklist with the most obvious example being the out of place and almost comical ‘Life Can Be So Beautiful’. The amount of filler here is disappointing considering the album also contains some of Ashcroft’s strongest material in years.

Ashcroft is always a difficult artist to listen to because you just know that he has such a brilliant musical mind full of creativity, but the inconsistency of his offerings often leave the listener frustrated. It’s also a strange experience to find here that every track, even the bad ones, seem to get more brilliant as the track goes on building up into some remarkable crescendos.

What is left is an album that is something you’ve heard many times before. Yet despite its misgivings it’s hard not to recommend it as a tribute to all the good and bad points of the Britpop journey.

7/10

James Thomasson

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