The World Is Yours (Ian Brown album)

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The World is Yours
Studio album by Ian Brown
Released 15 October 2007
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:33
Label Fiction, Polydor
Producer Emile Haynie, Robert Maxfield, Tim Wills
Ian Brown chronology
The Greatest
(2005)
The World is Yours
(2007)
My Way
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [2]
NME 6/10 stars [3]
The Observer 3/5 stars [4]
Rockfeedback 4/5 stars [5]

The World is Yours is the fifth solo album by Ian Brown, released on 15 October 2007.

In making the album, Brown enlisted the help of The Smiths and Happy Mondays bassists Andy Rourke and Paul Ryder respectively.[6] He also sought the services of Paul McCartney to play bass on one of the tracks, but failed as McCartney was too busy at the time.[7] Meanwhile, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook appeared on the album.

Illegal Attacks was released as the album's first single, on 8 October 2007, and was a contentious track, dealing head-on with the political issues of the day. The opening notes of the song are plucked softly in arpeggios, which are juxtaposed with the confrontational opening line, "What the fuck is this UK?" The song then pulses with an ominous, grinding cello, and culminates with Ian Brown pleading earnestly for the return of British soldiers to their homeland:

"Soldiers, soldiers come home, Soldiers come home", (lyrics which had previously been used in "So Many Soldiers" on Golden Greats.)

The single was described by NME as another example of Ian Brown's "godlike genius...an unforgettable plea to world leaders to 'Cop the fook on.'"[citation needed]

The song "On Track" made its debut seven months prior to the release of the actual album on the soundtrack album for Russian 2-part sci-fi movie "Paragraph 78" as an exclusive track. It was used in the closing titles for the first part of the movie. This version was 20 seconds longer as compared to the "The World Is Yours" album version and was a bit lighter as to the orchestral arrangement.

The album was also released in a 2CD deluxe edition, along with a bonus disc containing orchestral arrangements of all twelve tracks.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

  1. "The World Is Yours"
  2. "On Track"
  3. "Sister Rose" (feat. Steve Jones and Paul Cook)
  4. "Save Us"
  5. "Eternal Flame"
  6. "The Feeding of the 5000"
  7. "Street Children"
  8. "Some Folks Are Hollow (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)"
  9. "Goodbye To the Broken"
  10. "Me And You Forever" (feat. Steve Jones and Paul Cook)
  11. "Illegal Attacks (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)"
  12. "The World Is Yours (Reprise)"

Special edition (bonus disc)[edit]

  1. "The World Is Yours (Orchestral Mix)"
  2. "On Track (Orchestral Mix)"
  3. "Sister Rose (Orchestral Mix)"
  4. "Save Us (Orchestral Mix)"
  5. "Eternal Flame (Orchestral Mix)"
  6. "The Feeding of the 5000 (Orchestral Mix)"
  7. "Street Children (Orchestral Mix)"
  8. "Some Folks Are Hollow (featuring Sinéad O'Connor) (Orchestral Mix)"
  9. "Goodbye To the Broken (Orchestral Mix)"
  10. "Me And You Forever (Orchestral Mix)"
  11. "Illegal Attacks (featuring Sinéad O'Connor) (Orchestral Mix)"
  12. "The World Is Yours (Reprise) (Orchestral Mix)"

Japanese edition[edit]

  1. "The World Is Yours"
  2. "On Track"
  3. "Sister Rose" (feat. Steve Jones and Paul Cook)
  4. "Save Us"
  5. "Eternal Flame"
  6. "The Feeding of the 5000"
  7. "Street Children"
  8. "Some Folks Are Hollow (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)"
  9. "Goodbye To The Broken"
  10. "Me And You Forever" (feat. Steve Jones and Paul Cook)
  11. "Illegal Attacks (feat. Sinéad O'Connor)"
  12. "Sister Rose (Japanese version)"
  13. "The World Is Yours (Reprise)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John (2007-09-24). "The World Is Yours - Ian Brown : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  2. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (2007) "Ian Brown, The World Is Yours", The Guardian, 21 September 2007, retrieved 2011-08-13
  3. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Ian Brown: 'The World Is Yours'". Nme.Com. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  4. ^ Butler, Jim (2007) "Ian Brown, The World is Yours", The Observer, 14 October 2007, retrieved 2011-08-13
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Ian Brown chases Paul McCartney". NME. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Ian Brown's McCartney wish". RealGuide. Retrieved 2007-01-08.