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Bittersweet return to Hub for Richard Ashcroft  

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There were more than a few odd things going on at Villa Victoria Thursday night.

Richard Ashcroft, the former lead singer/songwriter of the Verve, was in town for the second, and last, show of his U.S. tour. He’d played New York Wednesday with a full band, the United Nations of Sound. Here, it was a solo show, with Ashcroft singing to the rafters and playing acoustic guitar for 95 minutes. The show at this non-rock South End venue was a technical sellout of 445, but perhaps 200 people were there. Also present: five cameras and lighting that was too bright.

To unravel this mystery a bit: Fans didn’t know this going in, but the concert doubled as a video shoot for Ashcroft and the show’s co-promoters, Jim Beam and its Live Music Series. Jim Beam had secured many of the tickets in advance for its (no-show) clients, which is likely why attendance was sparse. (The other promoter, Bowery Presents, would have put the show in its club, Royale, had the club not been previously booked with the Victor Wooten Band and Stanley Clarke. For Ashcroft, Jim Beam needed a venue with a liquor license.)

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At 39, Ashcroft is still a handsome shaggy dog. He’s promoting his “RPA & the United Nations of Sound” CD, released earlier this month in the U.S. The swaggering Brit is something of a superstar without portfolio in this country. The Verve was a ’90s alt-rock success. Ashcroft is four albums into a hit-or-miss solo career, and it’s been four-plus years between this disc and his previous one, “Keys to the World.”

The Verve scored big in 1997 with “Bittersweet Symphony.” Coldplay’s Chris Martin later called it “the best song ever written by the best singer in the world.” It’s been something of a glorious albatross for Ashcroft, which was clear when he played it as the -final song Thursday.

He talked for two minutes about how the tune — which uses Andrew Loog Oldham’s string arrangement of the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time” — was practically killed by lawsuits and its ubiquitous use in TV commercials.

By playing it acoustically, he intimated, he could reclaim it. And he did. It’s a song of redemptive power still.

Ashcroft’s concert had power, too, but only up to a point. There was a redundancy in tempo, tone and subject matter. Selections such as “You On My Mind In My Sleep,” “A Song for the Lovers” and “Are You Ready?,” unadorned and undressed, sounded like alt-rock power ballads, voiced by a weary, wounded, but hopeful romantic. Everything would have sounded better with a noisy, psychedelic band rocking out -behind him.

Ashcroft walked the line between irritating and ingratiating. He complimented the crowd for not being “sheep” and played the false humility card once too -often. You couldn’t help but factor in some previous -estimations of his own work: He called his 2003 CD “Human Conditions” equal to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” (Even if you really think that, don’t say it.)


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