Ian Brown - My Way
To complain about Ian Brown’s production-bandaged voice or swaggering Manc intonation is to not really get it, quite frankly. Predictable, dullard technical proficiency is cooed over on X-Factor every week, if that’s what you want, but the ex-Stone Roses singer’s sheer force of personality is unique. This, the sixth album of a productive solo career, is a success on its own terms.
Highlights include Always Remember Me, a measured ballad which recalls the Roses’ own ‘(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister’, the straight-faced electro-funk of ‘Marathon Man’ and an unfeasibly impressive, Latin-trumpeted cover of Zager & Evans’ ‘In the Year 2525’. Not a classic album by any means, but one that reaffirms Brown’s solo ability with confidence and soul.