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Richard Paul Ashcroft, 11 September 1971, Billinge, Wigan, Lancashire, England. The charismatic Ashcroft made his name with the Verve, a band who triumphed over commercial, artistic and personal struggles to release one of the most successful UK rock albums of recent times, 1997s drone-pop classic Urban Hymns. The band finally imploded for good in April 1999, with Ashcroft by now working on solo material with players including pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole and Verve drummer Pete Salisbury. His first solo release was the single A Song For The Lovers, which reached the UK Top 5 in April 2000. A disarmingly up-tempo and upbeat paean to love, the singles melodic acoustic rock style proved an apt taster for Ashcrofts debut album, Alone With Everybody. Essentially an extended love letter to his wife Kate Radley, the albums classic rock mannerisms drew a divided response from critics, with some bemoaning the fact that Ashcroft had...