Album: Ian Brown, My Way, (Fiction)

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Regrets? He's had a few. But then again...

So, rather than the autobiographical outpouring its title suggests, the baggy icon's sixth solo effort follows the same trajectory as his recent releases: stentorian and dramatic-sounding synth chords, a tempo uniformly mid-paced, a lyrical mix of heart-in-the-right-place class politics, nebulous spiritualism, and hackneyed clichés plus some baffling kitsch in the form of a cover of Zager & Evans' "In the Year 2525". Better than you'd think.