Saturday, September 12, 2020

Richard Ashcroft Announces Acoustic Album

Richard Ashcroft's 10 Defining Moments

Richard Ashcroft has revealed that he will be releasing an acoustic album of some of his classic songs. Talking with Radio X’s George Godfrey about his future plans Ashcroft commented, “yeah, at the moment I'm set to start on an acoustic set of some of the best tunes and stripping them back and laying them bare basically, so that will be my next thing. I'm excited about that."

The ex-frontman of The Verve (an English alternative rock band) has penned some of the most generation defining songs of his time, including Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Don’t Work and Lucky Man. Bittersweet Symphony in particular has received significant acclaim (as well as controversy after plagiarism allegations due to a sample of an instrumental cover of The Rolling Stones song “The Last Time”). Released during the height of 1990s Britpop, the song had been placed ninth on NME’s “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years; as well as rated the third best song of all time in 1998 by Radio 1 listeners.

The Verve’s music and Ashcroft’s writing has been praised by both critics and musicians alike; some of his celebrity fans include contemporaries Noel and Liam Gallagher (the former wrote Oasis classic “Cast No Shadow” as a tribute to Ashcroft) and Coldplay’s Chris Martin who claimed that Ashcroft was “the greatest singer in the world.”

The album is expected to include a mix of The Verve’s biggest hits along with some of Ashcroft’s acclaimed solo work.

- Josh Lambie


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