2. F.E.A.R.

The sparseness of this song is what pulls you in- it’s virtually just a dark shuffle beat of treated electronics and Ian’s scowling and brooding vocal over the top entwining with strings that smartly spells out the title acrostically through the verses with that prophetic cetainty of the most mystic of the mystic scales.

Forcing his hand with his word games, Brown’s lyrics tell a cryptic truth as they are spelled out over the powerful and moving backing.

The video is great as well and is the singer’s directorial debut as he cycles through Soho in reverse.

Ian Brown – the top 10 tracks from his solo career. Number 3 in ian brown’s top 10 is here

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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