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'Alone With Everybody' might not be every critic's favourite, but that hasn't stopped it going to the top...

Richard Ashcroft‘s debut solo album ‘ALONE WITH EVERYBODY’ has gone straight into the UK charts at number one, despite the less than favourable critical reviews.

Ashcroft was the only artist to enter the UK Top 10 album chart this week, knocking the previous number one, Eminem, off the top spot after just one week.

However, ‘Alone With Everybody’ was met with apathy by some critics prior to its release. Q Magazine called the album “the most mainstream album ever to have emerged from an artist who was once considered ‘alternative'”, comparing it to New Radicals, Wings and Aztec Camera.

However, NME was one of the magazines who admired Ashcroft‘s new album, saying “at a time when music is struggling to extricate itself from a rut, and visionaries remain conspicuous by their absence, ‘Alone With Everybody’ remains a beacon of light”.

Richard Ashcroft makes his first high- profile live performances at this year’s V2000 Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park, Staffordshire over the weekend of August 19-20.

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The week’s other high profile album release, ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’, by Manchester‘s Badly Drawn Boy entered the UK charts at Number 13, selling in the region of 10,000 copies.

Twisted Nerve‘s label manager Rich Walker told nme.com: “We’re well chuffed! It’s been three years in the making and it’s nice that people have gone out and bought it.”