Richard Ashcroft brings rock’n’roll charisma to latest single ‘Born To Be Strangers’


Following the great response to latest single ‘Surprised By The Joy’, Richard Ashcroft unveils a second track from album ‘Natural Rebel’ titled ‘Born To Be Strangers’.

It’s a slick rock’n roll record bristling with charisma, featuring authentic guitars and Ashcroft’s vocals shine with splendour. Says Ashcroft of ‘Born To Be Strangers’, “This record has more guitar playing on it than the last.

“We’ve reached the point where the guitar has to do something if you’re gonna play it. It’s got to move you in some way. It doesn’t have to be intricate or muso, it just has to have soul.”

Listen to ‘Born To Be Strangers’ by Richard Ashcroft on Shoot Music’s New Releases playlist on Spotify.

Richard Ashcroft is set to return with the October 19 release of his fifth solo studio album ‘Natural Rebel’. The album will be released on his own RPA label and will be his first released via BMG.

‘Natural Rebel’ represents the latest chapter in a hugely successful solo career for the former Verve frontman and Ivor Novello winner. It follows ‘Alone With Everybody’ (No.1, 2000), ‘Human Conditions’ (No.3, 2002), ‘Keys to the World’ (No.2, 2006) and ‘These People’ (No.3, 2016).

Featuring ten new songs, all of which were written by Ashcroft, ‘Natural Rebel’ was produced by the singer-songwriter alongside Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush) and Emre Ramazanoglu (Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker). The majority of its recording took place at State of the Ark Studios in Richmond, with further sessions at The Bunker, Tileyard Studios and Hoxa HQ.

‘Natural Rebel’ is now available to pre-order on 180 gram vinyl, CD and cassette. A limited edition clear orange vinyl in a gatefold sleeve is available to pre-order from HMV and select independent stores.

Finally, Richard Ashcroft’s official store offers exclusive bundles, however the previously announced signed formats, limited edition clear blue vinyl and signed test pressings from the official store have now sold out.

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