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“I’m anti-nostalgia,” says Ian Brown, who is now on his 6th solo album and still has no interest in getting his old band back together. Then again, with one of the most impressive back catalogues of any solo artist in recent years he has no need to jump on the overpopulated reunion bandwagon. There is no flagging solo career to boost and no knocks on the door from the taxman. Going it alone has gone quite well for him, if not at times a little patchy, but certainly far superior to what Ashcroft has put out since the Verve.
His new single, Stellify, is driven by a ridiculously catchy piano loop and stomping beat. It doesn’t sound like we’re in typical Ian Brown territory to begin with, but once that familiar Manc vocal kicks in after the first few bars we know where we are. Its not any better or any worse than the majority of his previous singles, some of which were criminally ignored, namely the brilliant Sister Rose, which limped in at number 87 on the singles charts only confirming their irrelevance in modern pop culture.
Ian Brown has publicised details for his forthcoming sixth solo album, titled ‘My Way’, which is set to be released on September 28th, following the lead single ‘Stellify‘ hitting the shops on September 21st.
The ex-Stone Roses frontman has said that the album drew inspiration from Michael Jackson’s career defining 1984 album, Thriller, even going as far as calling it “our blueprint”.
He went on to say that The King of Pop had died as they wrapped up mixing the album, seeing it as a “good omen” as the album mastering concluded. Brown spoke of how Jackson had inspired a certain mentality when making the album to such an extent that if a song wasn’t good enough, it was scrapped from the recording sessions at Manchester’s Battery Studios.
The album reunites Brown with longtime producer Dave McCracken who is known for being behind the mixing desk for Brown’s earler albums ‘Golden Greats’, ‘Music of the Spheres’ and ‘Solarised’.
It’s Brown’s sixth LP since parting ways with John Squire, Mani and Reni after The Stone Roses’ badly recieved sophomore album ‘Second Coming’, but since then the Manchester icon has covered a lot of ground including collaborating with Noel Gallagher and Sinead O’Connor.
More recently The ‘Roses seminal debut album singles are being reissued celebrating the legendary self-titled records twentieth anniversary.
Here’s Ian performing “Keep what you’ve got” with buddy Noel Gallagher of Oasis :
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