The World Is Yours

The World Is Yours

by Ian Brown


The brash young face of the Stone Roses in 1987 would hardly seem to have mellowed into the workmanlike star vocalist of 2007, but Ian Brown (rather) quietly matured into a dependable record-maker, with occasional spots of brilliance in his discography. His second and third records are post-Brit-pop masterpieces, and he's never made a disappointing record. The World Is Yours actually does have its disappointing moments, but it also has some high points, too. Case in point: it features the best band Brown has ever accumulated -- ex-Pistols Steve Jones on guitar and Paul Cook on drums, plus Happy Mondays' Paul Ryder on bass -- but they appear on only two tracks. Those two, "Sister Rose" and "Me and You Forever," are incredible. Only an all-star team like this could have produced a sound that's as loose as a great rock & roll band (we're talking Faces or Rolling Stones here) but also as tight as an in-the-pocket backing band has to be. The rest of the album has strings featured prominently on every track, plus heavy reverb on the guitars and echo on the drums, creating a rigidly technical sound that's half dub-reggae and half hip-hop circa 2006 channeling soul circa 1972. This proves to be the work of Buffalo hip-hop producer Emile (aka Emile Haynie), who has worked on single tracks by C-Rayz Walz, Ghostface Killah, Cormega, Big Noyd, and others. Aside from the intrigue of Brown's choice of producer, the results leave much to be desired. Emile isn't satisfied to craft simple, hard-hitting rap productions, he seems to want to exercise a classical itch and make sweeping Gorecki-type orchestrations that miss their mark. (One great exception is "Eternal Flame.") Brown's lyrics aren't stellar either -- the opener trots out a series of clichés ("You can only find the gold by digging in the dirt/ If you're gonna play with fire, then you're gonna get burnt/You can never reach the heights and avoid the hurt yeah/The world is yours"). The second track adds some crude philosophy, with "Just as life is for living, so love is for giving/Life's no simple situation/There's the added complication, that the reason we're here nobody knows/In all creation." Brown can be brilliant or blindingly obvious, all depending on the quality of his productions, since his vocals and delivery rarely waver. He can tell us that dolphins were monkeys and sound great, or he can decry war, the plight of street children in Rio de Janeiro (as he does here) and sound pedestrian. He sounds most engaged, and writes his best lyrics, on the anti-war "Illegal Attacks" (with Sinéad O'Connor).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0602517420298
catalogNumber: 1742029

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ian Brown   Primary Artist
Mark Berrow   Violin
Paul Cook   Drums
Caroline Dale   Cello
Steve Davidson   Guitar
Liz Edwards   Violin
Garfield Jackson   Viola
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Martin Loveday   Cello
Inder Matharu   Percussion
Sinéad O'Connor   Background Vocals
Andy Pask   Double Bass
Johnathan Rees   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
Andy Ross   Saxophone
Andy Rourke   Bass Guitar
Paul Ryder   Bass Guitar
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Shelley Van Loen   Violin
Gillian Findlay   Violin
Simon Hale   Conductor
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Ben Chappell   Cello,Celli
Peter Lale   Viola
Tony Pleeth   Celli
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Celli
Jackie Shave   Leader
Bruce White   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Cello
Julian Leaper   Violin
Dave McCracken   Synthesizer,Drums
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Matt Pegg   Bass Guitar
Alison Kelly   Violin
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
David Ayre   Double Bass
Tim Hutton   Trombone,Trumpet,Bass Guitar
Tim Wills   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Christopher Clad   Violin
Rhianna Kenny   Background Vocals
Emile Haynie   Drums
Christopher Tombling   Violin
David Woodcock   Violin
William Lockhart   Timpani
Caroline Dearnley   Celli
Michael Thompson   French Horn

Technical Credits

Paul Cook   Composer
Simon Hale   Orchestral Arrangements
Ian Brown   Composer
Dave McCracken   Programming
Perry Mason   Principal
Tim Wills   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Benet Walsh   Illustrations
Robert Maxfield   Composer
Emile Haynie   Composer,Programming,Producer
Steve Price   Engineer

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