Richard Ashcroft returns in 2016 with his fourth solo album entitled These Peoplereleased on his Righteous Phonographic Association label via Cooking Vinyl Records. The album was recorded in London and produced by Ashcroft and longtime collaborator Chris Potter. It marks a reunion with Wil Malone, who worked with Ashcroft on the string arrangements on the seminal albums by The Verve A Northern Soul and Urban Hymns. With its sitar-like refrains, Everybody Needs Somebody to Hurt witnesses a welcome return of ye olde cocksure leer while Picture of You is a plaintively shimmering nugget. Top track Ain't the Future So Bright is a layered, string-laden gem about hope and despair which mercifully suggests that there's still plenty to come from the Wigan troubadour.
2LP - Double Heavyweight LP housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with Download.