These People

These People

by Richard AshcroftRichard Ashcroft




Six years after forming the United Nations of Sound -- a pseudo-group that lasted no more than a single record -- Richard Ashcroft pushes himself back into the spotlight on These People, a 2016 album that finds the former Verve singer reuniting with Wil Malone, an orchestrator who worked on Urban Hymns and Northern Soul. Malone's presence suggests These People may achieve a certain symphonic heft, yet Ashcroft sidesteps the churning psychedelia and progressive majesty of the Verve's prime. In its place, the singer/songwriter taps into a certain insouciant sophistication, favoring insistent arena anthems and finely tailored Eurodisco. Often, Ashcroft's intentions are apparent -- it's evident whenever he's following the blueprints of "Bittersweet Symphony" and "The Drugs Don't Work," just as it's clear that the dance beats and electronics are a bid for hip credibility -- but he winds up with sounds that aren't the ideal vehicle for whatever vague sociological protest Ashcroft attempts to mine here. If the music is separated from the message -- which is fairly easy to do, due to its slippery shimmer -- 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: Harvest
UPC: 0711297314724
catalogNumber: 973147

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Ashcroft   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Geoff Dugmore   Drums
Steve Sidelnyk   Drums,Keyboards
Damon Minchella   Bass
Adam Phillips   Guitar
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Keyboards
Steve Wyreman   Guitar
Chris Potter   Bass

Technical Credits

Richard Ashcroft   Composer,Programming,Producer
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
Steve Sidelnyk   Programming
Donal Hodgson   Engineer
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Programming
Perry Montague-Mason   String Conductor
Roy Kerr   Programming
Chris Potter   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements
Amy Stewart   String Contractor
Rose Lawrence   Artwork

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