I know that this is the thread number 897534289234234 created to attack and make fun of people who like Ashcroft's music and especially his last album but, anyway, I'd like to participe and give my own opinion.
First of all, I consider These People
a good album. I love a lot of songs in it, mainly: This Is How It Feels, They Don't Own Me & Picture of You. But apart from this I have to say that I respect people who don't like it, that's fine, I don't care too much about it. In addition to this, I also think that a lot of people are using UNOS as a way to attack him exactly where it hurts. We all know that UNOS was the least successful album in his career, so I think that some people that don't like him and his music attack him saying things, such as: "It's even worse than UNOS", "it's far worse than UNOS", "UNOS was **** but this is even shitter", etc.,even though they know that is not true.
In my humble opinion, I think it's easy to see that These People
is a better album than UNOS. I'm going to enumerate the reasons why I think like this.
- His most powerful weapon is his voice, and in his last album it sounds better that in UNOS.
One of the reasons can be that during the proccess of recording that album he suffered from pneumonia (http://www.contactmusic.net/the-verve/news/ashcroft-caught-pneumonia-while-recording_1150632
), which it affected quite much the quality of his voice.- The lyrics are better in These People, IMHO.
Some of the worst lyrics in UNOS:
1. Are you ready?I ain't Christian, oh I aint gay or straightI wanna push you in my arms
And give you a love embrace
2. Born AgainI saw Venus up in the sky
I turned down my head and Serena smiled
"Cancel my subscription to the resurrection" --> Copy of the lyrics of a The Doors' song.
3. America.are you tuning in?
---> Copy of the lyrics of his own song, "New York".
4. This Thing Called LifeOh they’re out there in the matrix tonight... the drugs don't really work...
--> copy of his own song, The Drugs Don't Work
5. BeatitudesThis is the beatitude, this is the gospel truthI’m like a fish with legs
---> Copy of the lyrics of his own song, "Check the Meaning".
6. GloryGlory Hallelulah, I think I’m coming through yeah
7. Life Can Be So BeautifulI’m taking my chips right now, now honeySome of the worst lyrics in These People:
1. Hold OnI ain’t that superstitious
And life can be so vicious
2. These PeopleA soixante-neuf without the erotique?
3. Black LinesWho put those black lines under your eyes?
Let me replace them with a smile- UNOS lacks more originality 1/2: In UNOS there are 2 songs that are based on a sample of other tunes written by other artists.
1. Are you ready? --> Based on a sample of the Bee Gees' song called "On time".
2. Life Can Be So Beautiful --> Based on a sample of the David Axelrod's song called "The School Boy".- UNOS lacks more originality 2/2: In UNOS there are 2 songs that are a copy of other tunes written by other artists.
1. The guitars in Royal Higness
sound exactly as "Sweet Jane" by Velvet Underground.
2. In How Deep Is Your Man
the guitars sound exactly like John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom".
To sum up. He sings better in These People
. He wrote better lyrics in These People
. He wrote better and more original songs in These People
. And one more time I remark that... this is just my humble opinion
On the other hand, and talking about the topic of this thread. I think he'll release a pretty good album, and I hope that the next time it'll sound more rocky, and we'll be able to hear him singing with other artists as well. Probably in his following record Liam will make a collaboration with him.