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Ian Brown


Seventh solo album from the ex Stone Roses man who plays most of the instruments and is on production duties

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  1. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    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
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  2. 7.0 |   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
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  3. 7.0 |   XS Noize

    It’s a flawed, familiar, occasionally strange record that has Ian Brown’s flaws, familiarity and occasional strangeness all over it
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  4. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Baggy grooves, dancehall reggae vibes and socially conscious lyrics mark King Monkey’s latest solo set
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  5. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Much here packs the kind of transcendent vibes the canonical Mancunian bands picked up by osmosis from their 60s heroes
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  6. 5.0 |   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'
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  7. 5.0 |   music OMH

    For an artist as established and inspirational as Ian Brown has been over the decades, we surely deserve waves rather than ripples
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  8. 4.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A bland, lifeless experience that numbs the senses and passes along without much of a fuss
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  9. 4.0 |   The FT

    Struggles to match his own best work, let alone his former band’s heyday
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  10. 4.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Struggles to assert itself in that it presents as a curious, inconsistent and overly lightweight beast
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  11. 4.0 |   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
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  12. 4.0 |   Evening Standard

    Fun as it was to hear the old songs again in stadiums recently, there are no future classics here
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