The Top 50 Albums of Year 2010… #20 MARK RONSON “Record Collection”
20. MARK RONSON & THE BUSINESS INTL. “Record Collection”
When Mark Ronson released his second solo album, 2007′s “Version”, it was obvious that he’d more than found his feet as a producer, particularly in comparison to his first – although quite good on its own merits – album, 2003′s “Here Come The Fuzz” which, despite its listenability, failed to make Ronson the household name he is now. Whether he was a one-trick-pony or not was an entirely different matter all together though. The sound he explored on “Version”, even with its shades of genius, would not hold up for a third production without it all meshing into the last album. Luckily for Ronson (and for us), he too knew he couldn’t just go and bang out “Version 2″.
In 2010, Ronson ditched the horns that had filled up his last effort (and efforts with others) completely and proved the pony-cattlers wrong. “Record Collection” is a celebration of the sounds that shaped Ronson into the music aficionado that he is today. His beloved hip hop is sprawled throughout the record, layered over thrilling and exciting pop and splices of 1950′s rock and even Motown, with enough electronica to assure you his actual Record Collection is one of a vast number of genres. First single “Bang Bang Bang” does exactly what it says on the tin, and Collection’s second best track, the gorgeous “Lose It (In The End)” has ‘Hit Single’ written all over it.
It’s the more subdued moments on Collection though that really hit the spot and, in some cases, a raw musical nerve. A collaboration with Boy George, the truly heartbreaking “Somebody To Love Me”, will send shivers up your spine and tears streaming down your face, as will the divine “Hey Boy”, featuring former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall on vocals sounding ever-so-like Her Royal Highness Sophie Ellis-Bextor. These two moments also serve as Collection’s most forward-thinking, but – really – the whole record is very much a step in the right direction.