These People

Richard Ashcroft - These People
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Based on 17 reviews
2016 Ratings: #918 / 926
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‘These People’ is the solo record most aligned to Ashcroft’s Verve peak, right down to employing the same string arranger and bunging on one gigantic romance anthem, ‘This is How It Feels’.


These People functions as a pleasing adult alternative record. True, it's an album that favors mood over form but after several somnolent solo records, not to mention the botched ambitions of the United Nations of Sound, the cool assurance and shiny veneer of These People is quite welcome.

Loud and Quiet
While his attempts to change in parts are admirable, on ‘These People’ it’s the tried and tested Ashcroft traits that work best.
The Guardian
There are outliers such as the horrible Britpop-by-way-of-Pet-Shop-Boys punchy greyness of Hold On, and the grating synth stabs on opener Out of My Body, but generally Ashcroft manages to relive his heyday nicely.

If the emergence of These People is something of a surprise, its contents are anything but.


These People is a mixture of epic ballads harking back to the sound of the Verve and attempts to move forward with rather half-hearted electronic pop. Despite some beautiful moments, Ashcroft seems to have fallen into the gap between the two.

The unerringly loyal will find enough here to sate a hunger for anthemic bobbins drenched in atmospheric production, but there’s little to match the handful of magical songs for which he is known.
The Line of Best Fit

He returns with an album lacking any real sense of focus, and while there are certainly a number of new ideas on These People, none of them feel properly fleshed out or fully realised.

Drowned in Sound

Perhaps the worst crime is that Ashcroft never even gives that wonderfully expressive voice of his a proper workout; he hasn’t written anything here that demands he really go for it. Instead, These People is an album that’s so safe, it’s almost dangerous.

First of all, Richard Ashcroft doesn't know how to disco.
Then, he certainly knows how to bring the misery out of brit-pop.
Finally, with his fifth album, he certifies how limited his writing is.
Normal, para tener a Ashcroft de fondo.
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Track List

  1. Out of My Body
  2. This Is How It Feels
  3. They Don't Own Me
  4. Hold On
  5. These People
  6. Everybody Needs Somebody to Hurt
  7. Picture of You
  8. Black Lines
  9. Ain't the Future So Bright
  10. Songs of Experience

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Added on: February 22, 2016