Richard Ashcroft digs America

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 24, 2011

It would be a shame if they don't — at least on the best tracks here. Unfortunately, the production and songwriting on United Nations of Sound are occasionally undermined by platitudinous lyrical banner waving. The repetition that worked so well back on Urban Hymn's "This Time" gets overplayed on the redundant "Third Time." Still, Ashcroft sings with power and emotion, lyrics be damned. One listen to his voice cracking toward the end of "This Thing Called Life" is reminder enough of his canonical stature — and reason for the most part to forgive any missteps.

RICHARD ASHCROFT | Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St, Boston | March 24 @ 7 pm | $30 | 617.927.1735 or

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