AOTY 2019

Ripples

Ian Brown - Ripples
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2019 Ratings: #599 / 606
User Score
Based on 39 ratings
2019 Ratings: #1022
February 1, 2019 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.

70
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.

60
The Observer

Overall, Ripples is studded with little surprises.

50
Clash
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'.
40
NME

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.

40
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.

luisdelrey2016
32
Each showcased cut on Ripples is exactly the same over ten times, it is a brief of how distorted this is towards its original ideas. Brown's connection himself with the bodywork is nonexistence, all seems to be randomly put designed, this felt like he should have been obligated to drop out something, however, he did not want it and write some ridiculous tunes. Hence, the mess that bleed the record out. No standout songs on this, and if so, it is only because those are the only human-listenable ... read more
21stcenturyschi
41
Overly repetitive, corny super bland, unoriginal, and ugly instrumentals. That description definitely fits the opener, "First World Problems", the best, which is easily the worst track on here in my opinion. This song is rough to say the least. While it does have a pretty cool funky bass line, that is really the only good thing I can say about it. Other than that it is quite annoying with it's chorus repeated seven times throughout, and it's weird poppy carnival like music, that kind ... read more
55
What the majority of this album lacks is diversity to make songs stand out.

And that reggae cover at the end was difficult to get through.

FAVOURITES: 'Blue Sky Day', 'Black Roses', 'It's Raining Diamonds'
LEAST FAVOURITES: 'Break Down the Walls (Warm up Jam)', 'The Dream and the Dreamer'
46
Another pointless album from the left overs of a once shining period of British music.
52
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
7. Ripples ... read more
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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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