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CD REVIEWS: Keys To The World (Parlophone); RICHARD ASHCROFTR.

Byline: BY PAUL COLE, JACK DANIELS & DAVID BROOKES

BRITPOP legend Richard Ashcroft says that his former band The Verve's Urban Hymns album is the best he's ever made. It's perhaps not the bolest advert for his third solo set. But if you're expecting yet another introspective semi-plugged album, you'll be happily surprised. There's a dash of Motown about brassy opener Why Not Nothing? and Sweet Brother Malcolm hints at Brian Jcones-era Rolling Stones. Elsewhere, the recent collaboration with Chris Martin has clearly rubbed off, with Words Just Get In Tehe Way a close relation of Coldplay's Fix You. It's still not a bittersweet symphony but it's a step in the right direction. PC
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Article Type:Sound recording review
Date:Jan 22, 2006
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