Ian Brown - Ripples
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Based on 7 reviews
2019 Ratings: #79 / 83
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Based on 15 ratings
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
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The Guardian

Throughout, his oft-criticised singing is tone-perfect and balm-like. Ripples isn’t a juggernaut comeback, but it’s a beguiling, often beautiful album that quietly but purposefully announces his return to the fray, as ever, on his own terms.

God Is in the TV

Of course there is the odd stinker. The less said about closer ‘Break Down The Walls (Warm Up Jam)’ the better but Ian Brown’s heart has always been in the right place and many will argue Ripples is his best solo collection to date.

The Observer

Overall, Ripples is studded with little surprises.

A deeply mixed return, then, and perhaps not advisable as your first entry point to his solo work. We all know that Ian Brown can make waves; today he has chosen to make 'Ripples'.

A maddeningly repetitive collection, this new album from the Stone Roses frontman offers glimmers of hope, but is largely mired in retro-fetishism and – bizarrely – conspiracy theories. He can do better.

Drowned in Sound

Ultimately, any record needs to be judged on its content. And Ripples is a record which will likely struggle have any relevance, impact or longevity beyond the goodwill of its own gestation. Which really is a shame.

Another pointless album from the left overs of a once shining period of British music.
This album is very repetitive however there are some songs that do offer a glimmer of Ian Brown’s song writing ability, but none of which is anywhere close to being on the level of F.E.A.R. The album seems to just chug along at the same pace not really offering anything different or exciting.

1. First World Problems - 4.5
2. Black Rose - 6.5
3. Breathe And Breathe Easy - 2.0
4. The Dream And The Dreamer - 7.5
5. From Chaos To Harmony - 3.0
6. It’s Raining Diamonds - 3.5
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Track List

  1. First World Problems
  2. Black Roses
  3. Breathe and Breathe Easy (The Everness of Now)
  4. The Dream and the Dreamer
  5. From Chaos to Harmony
  6. It's Raining Diamonds
  7. Ripples
  8. Blue Sky Day
  9. Soul Satisfaction
  10. Break Down the Walls (Warm up Jam)
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