Ian Brown has never been a man to look back. Formerly the lead singer of the Stones Roses – an eclectically talented group that never quite reached full potential – he has since carved out a successful solo career, moving well beyond the poppy melodrama of Fools Gold and into a more left-field sonic terrain. His fifth solo album – The World is Yours – is another example of his determination to experiment. Amidst orchestral signposts pointing to easy listening, and with a little help from his friends Sinead O’Connor, Andy Rourke of The Smiths and The Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones and Paul Cook, Brown has created a sound which is lush and very, very lovely.
For old times sake, check out the blistering pop rumble of Fools Gold, the remix of course.