With the sparse horns and uplifting background vocals on "I Get My Beat," a song which has an old-school soul feel to it, and the pianos and slide guitar melodies on "You Were on My Mind (In My Sleep)," Ashcroft has constructed an aural tapestry of sounds, styles, and atmospheres on Alone With Everybody. The inclusion of classic country elements (slide guitars and gently strummed acoustic guitars) may shock some listeners, but the laid-back style fits the mellow mood of the disc. "Slow Was My Heart," for example, is a tear-in-my-beer tale of heartache that's carried by its docile, addictive refrain "I'm just like everyone." While die-hard fans may find Alone With Everybody self-indulgent, those open-minded enough for something different will enjoy Ashcroft's attempts to explore varied musical styles.
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