United Nations of Sound (album)

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United Nations of Sound
United Nations of Sound.jpg
Studio album by RPA & The United Nations of Sound (Richard Ashcroft)
Released 19 July 2010
Recorded 2009 – 2010 in Los Angeles, New York and London
Genre Alternative rock
Length 56:06
Label Parlophone
Producer No I.D.
Richard Ashcroft chronology
Keys to the World
United Nations of Sound
These People
Singles from United Nations of Sound
  1. "Born Again"
    Released: 19 July 2010
  2. "Are You Ready?"
    Released: 15 October 2010 (US-only)

United Nations of Sound is the debut album by British alternative rock band RPA & The United Nations of Sound (pseudonym of Richard Ashcroft, arrived at his fourth solo album), released on 19 July 2010 through Parlophone (see 2010 in British music). The album was released in the United States on 22 March 2011 under the name "Richard Ashcroft" through the record company Razor & Tie.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 37/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Spin 6/10 stars[2]

United Nations of Sound received generally scathing reviews from critics on its initial release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 37, based on eight reviews, which indicates "Generally unfavorable reviews".[3] UK-based review aggregation website AnyDecentMusic? correlated 23 reviews with an ADM Rating of 4.5.[4] In the United States, Spin Magazine said the result a "fruitful collaboration" and Nylon Magazine called the new album "a commanding performance".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Are You Ready?"   Richard Ashcroft/Maurice Gibb 6:31
2. "Born Again"   Richard Ashcroft 4:55
3. "America"   Richard Ashcroft 4:17
4. "This Thing Called Life"   Richard Ashcroft 5:25
5. "Beatitudes"   Richard Ashcroft 4:23
6. "Good Lovin'"   Richard Ashcroft 4:45
7. "How Deep Is Your Man?"   Richard Ashcroft/John Lee Hooker/E. Wilson/Kevin Randolph 3:28
8. "She Brings Me the Music"   Richard Ashcroft 4:15
9. "Royal Highness"   Richard Ashcroft 4:13
10. "Glory"   Richard Ashcroft 3:11
11. "Life Can Be So Beautiful"   Richard Ashcroft/David Axelrod/E. Wilson/Kevin Randolph 5:28
12. "Let My Soul Rest"   Richard Ashcroft 4:58
Total length:



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