10 January 2010
2009: Songs of the Year - Number 9
I'm the first to admit that Ian Brown's solo career isn't exactly fantastic. A good chunk of it is mumbling indie-rock with a dancey beat behind it, just to pull in a few unsuspecting Stone Roses fans. Some may even say "Stellify" is more of the same but then they'd be wrong. An instantly catchy piano line builds to what should have been a festival anthem of a chorus (unfortunately the majority of the crowd at Leeds didn't have a clue) and a great brass breakdown (I'm a sucker for them). It's just a pity the rest of the album was shockingly poor.