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This album was almost the death of Ian Brown, as far as my fickle brain was concerned. Reasonable production values, reasonable tunes and reasonable lyrics led me to conclude that the spirit of his former band was indeed dead. However, since being won over by his second album (and his involvement with UNKLE) I have returned to this one with a renewed outlook. And I can now find plenty to like about it - the songs Corpses and My Star certainly have their charm, for a start. Overall, though, this is a far less accomplished album than his second - very much a testing the water affair. Worth oqning if you're a fan, though.
being obsessed as i am with the stone roses, i'd awaited the seahorses album with baited breath. the single 'love is the law' had squires roses written all over it, i couldnt wait. however, as they'd sy in the fast show, the results were disappointing. maybe i'd have to accept that them days were gone, i still had the memories, the ticketstubs and 12 inches. then this album came along, squire may have been the brains behind the band, brown was the perfect frontman though, and has collaborated with mani and reni on this album. lions is piss poor, thats the only one though. brilliant album, bit of sniping at squire which is a tad unecessary but thats the only gripe. what this proves more than anything is that after the wishy washy seahorses, ian brown is the true carrier of the roses flag.
So, you've been in the most crictically acclaimed band fo the past ten years, it's split up and you're on your own. What do you do? Well according to Ian Brown you write an album which is almost an hour long attack on your former guitarist. The Stone Roses' second album was completely written by John Squire, even the lyrics, but if a singer had such a sharp tounge as this it seems strange that he didn't let him use it. From that point of view it bears some similarity to Marvin Gaye's "Whats Going On" which was a verbal attack on his ex wife. But that puts unfair pressure on Ian comparing him to the greatest vocalist of all time. The first single "My Star" is a space exploration fantasy and one of only two songs that don't blast Squire. It has an almost sonic quality, but falls short because of the production, sounding 'tinny'. Th enext song "Can't see me" is almost a roses reunion. uses Mani & Reni from the roses and a disused drum loop from the second coming sessions. It's one of the best songs on the album and has a indie yet dancy feel. A great song indeed. The standout song is "Corpses". A haunting song that seems to be an attack on the aformentioned lead guitarists drug addiction. It is well constructed and preformed. His finest moment as a solo artist, and sounds similar to early stone roses material. That is where he is at his best, when echoing the early Stone Roses sound, and it works again on "Nah Nah". the song is good, but the chourus lets it down. It sounds as if he couldn't be bothered to write it. Either that or he's being very childish....you decide. The main problem with the album is the fact it was recored on a home studio. the production is awful, but their are some good moments here. worth a dabble.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Intro Under The Paving Stones: The Beach
2 My Star
3 Can't See Me
4 Ice Cold Cube
7 Corpses In Their Mouths
8 What Happend To Ya Part 1
9 What Happend To Ya Part 2
10 Nah Nah
11 Deep Pile Dreams
12 Unfinished Monkey Business