Keys to the World

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Keys to the World
Studio album by Richard Ashcroft
Released 23 January 2006
Recorded State of the Ark, 2005
Genre Britpop, Folk rock
Length 44:18
Label Parlophone
Producer Chris Potter, Richard Ashcroft
Richard Ashcroft chronology
Human Conditions
(2002)
Keys to the World
(2006)
United Nations of Sound
(2010)
Singles from Keys to the World
  1. "Break the Night with Colour"
    Released: 9 January 2006
  2. "Music Is Power"
    Released: 17 April 2006
  3. "Words Just Get in the Way"
    Released: 10 July 2006
  4. ""Why Not Nothing?" / "Sweet Brother Malcolm""
    Released: 4 December 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 52[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
BBC (unfavorable)[3]
Manchester Online 4/5 stars[4]
Mojo 3/5 stars[5]
Music Emissions 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (2.0/10)[7]
Q 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]
UNCUT 4/5 stars[10]
Yahoo Music 3/10 stars[11]

Keys to the World is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft. It was released 23 January 2006, reaching number 2 in the UK Albums Chart (see 2006 in British music). Ashcroft worked on the album at State of the Ark studios and Julian Kershaw wrote string arrangements for some of the songs later recorded by London Metropolitan Orchestra. Strings are featured on 8 songs on the album which also features electric viola on some tracks – played by Bruce White. The engineer/producer was Chris Potter.

Release and reception[edit]

The album received mixed reviews from music critics. According to critic review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received a score of 52/100, based on 19 reviews, indicating mixed or average reviews.[12] The album was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry, selling more than 300.000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Ashcroft, except where noted.

  1. "Why Not Nothing?" – 4:09
  2. "Music Is Power" (Ashcroft, Curtis Mayfield) – 3:58
  3. "Break the Night with Colour" – 3:56
  4. "Words Just Get in the Way" – 4:53
  5. "Keys to the World" – 4:42
  6. "Sweet Brother Malcolm" – 4:51
  7. "Cry Til the Morning" – 5:04
  8. "Why Do Lovers?" – 4:45
  9. "Simple Song" – 4:05
  10. "World Keeps Turning" – 3:55

Bonus track (Japan)[edit]

  • "75 Degrees" – 4:48

Bonus DVD (UK, US)[edit]

  1. "Keys to the World" (The Interview)
  2. "Break the Night With Colour" (live video)
  3. "Why Not Nothing?" (live video)
  4. "Words Just Get in the Way" (live video)
  5. "Break the Night With Colour" (video)

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 12 January 2006 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP-66502 / 4988006838161
United Kingdom 23 January 2006 Parlophone CD 3483732 / 0946 3 48373 2 3
CD/DVD (CD) 3545202 / 0946 3 54520 2 0
CD/DVD (DVD) 3503812 / 0946 3 50381 9 4
Australia 6 February 2006 Capitol Records Copy Controlled CD 3531382 / 0946 3 53138 2 6
Canada 7 February 2006 Parlophone CD 0946 3 48373 2 3
Argentina 7 March 2006 Copy controlled CD 0946 3 53138 2 6
United States 21 March 2006 Virgin Records CD/DVD 0946 3 54523 2 7

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keys to the World Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r819702
  3. ^ "Music – Review of Richard Ashcroft – Keys to the World". BBC. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Mojo Review (147). Mojo. 6 Feb. p. 289. 
  6. ^ "Richard Ashcroft – Keys to the World Review from". Music Emissions. 1 March 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Richard Ashcroft: Keys to the World". Pitchforkmedia.com. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Q Review (235). Q. 6 Feb. p. 99. 
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ UNCUT Review (105). UNCUT. 6 Feb. p. 70. 
  11. ^ "Richard Ashcroft Keys to the World Album Review, New album reviews and latest album releases on Yahoo! Music". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. 28 January 2006. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Critic Reviews for Keys to the World". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 January 2012.