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Richard Ashcroft returns in 2016 with his fourth solo album entitled 'These People' released 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.
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