Ashcroft, Richard : Science Of Silence

The whole affair's hamstrung by the lyrics

Although the new messiah probably won't come from the home of Rugby League, of late Ashcroft's been setting himself up as a sort of shamen and, to assert his position as the people's philosopher, 'Science Of Silence' is soaked in the kind of weighty orchestration that is shorthand for Serious Artistry. It's great, in a Radio 2-friendly Jimmy Webb/Neil Diamond way. The whole affair's hamstrung by the lyrics, though: "We are on a rock/Spinning in infinity" is hardly going to make us renounce all worldy goods and move to a mountain outside Wigan.

Pat Long

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