Brown's Music of the Spheres

Review by Paul White & Jack Foley

WELL! The beats are still coming and the Nineties messiah is still sitting pretty with his new LP, Music Of The Spheres.

Even though the Roses albums are still widely played over stereo systems across the land and beyond, those times are in the past and it's now time to move on and progress, which Brown has done in style.

The album comes across well with its dirty, and at times filthy, drum loops. Brown's word play and vocal trickery is still as ever-present and fits in well with all ten tracks on the LP even though his live vocal efforts have been dogged by hacks taking cheap shots at a man who was going to look after his garden, supposedly, rather than get involved with the music industry again.

First track and first single from the LP is F.E.A.R., a departure away from anything like the singles from the last LP, Golden Greats. A string section soars through the song and is accompanied by some dirty break beat loops.

Third track The Gravy Train is as moody and as melancholic as they come, signs of a more mature artist reaching the peak of his solo form.

Rumours that final track, Shadow Of A Saint, would resemble the past glory of the Roses' I Am The Resurrection, however, prove unfounded, for while this is still a quality track and a fitting finale to a great LP, it is in no way as classic or defining as the Resurrection.

'Brownie' has released three albums so far that have been steps towards a future greatness. Let's hope the next one is even better than this.

The past is to be remembered, the future is a secret and the present is to be lived. Buy this album.

Track listing:
1. F.E.A.R.
2. Stardust
3. The Gravy Train
4. Bubbles
5. Hear No, See No
6. Northern Lights
7. Whispers
8. El Mundo Pequeno
9. Forever And A Day
10.Shadow Of A Saint