David Browne
June 28, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alone With Everybody

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Richard Ashcroft
genre
Indie Rock

We gave it a C+

Fleeing not only his old band but guitar-rock clichés, the former Verve frontman emerges with an album of sweet symphonies, bitter and otherwise. Piled high with strings and choirs, Alone With Everybody has flashes of sublime beauty, like the pep talk ”Crazy World,” and other, creakier moments that feel like U2 (over)produced by Phil Spector (thanks to Ashcroft’s vocal resemblance to Bono). Between Ashcroft’s groggy delivery and the plush orchestrations, the result is hangover accompaniment for aging alt-rockers. A promising, if imperfect, second wind.

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