Brett Anderson (album)

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Brett Anderson
BrettAndersonCD.jpg
Studio album by Brett Anderson
Released26 March 2007
RecordedThe Pink Room and Kore between winter '05 and spring '06
GenreAlternative rock
Length38:26
LabelDrowned in Sound Recordings
ProducerBrett Anderson and Fred Ball
Brett Anderson chronology
Brett Anderson
(2007)
Live in London
(2007)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic51/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars link
BBC(favourable) link
Daily Telegraph(unfavourable) link
Evening Standard3/5 stars link
The Guardian3/5 stars link
IndieLondon4/5 stars link
The Modern Music8.6/10 link
NME4/10 link
Pitchfork2.9/10 link
Uncut4/5 stars link

Brett Anderson is the first solo release from Suede and The Tears frontman Brett Anderson.

Background[edit]

In May 2006, Anderson announced sketchy details for the album. He told NME that the title will be 'Brett Anderson' since "...that's my name, you see." The album was recorded whilst Anderson was recording The Tears' debut album alongside Bernard Butler.

Anderson has described the record as being "...quite orchestrated, lots of string loops, that sort of thing. I guess there's a Scott Walker feel to it. I'm very proud of it; it's a very exciting record for me."

The album sees Anderson taking on many more instruments than ever before. "I've played a lot of electric guitar on it; I've written a lot of the electric guitar parts. It's my baby and I've obviously been pretty obsessed with it."

The cover was designed by Peter Saville, with photography by Wolfgang Tillmans.

Reception[edit]

The album received mixed reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 51 out of 100, which indicates "mixed or average reviews" based on 11 reviews.[1] The album was not a commercial success, charting at no. 54 on the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Brett Anderson and Fred Ball except where noted.

  1. "Love Is Dead" – 3:31
  2. "One Lazy Morning" – 3:20
  3. "Dust and Rain" – 3:01
  4. "Intimacy" (Anderson) – 2:48
  5. "To the Winter" – 3:57
  6. "Scorpio Rising" (Anderson) – 4:01
  7. "The Infinite Kiss" – 4:08
  8. "Colour of the Night" – 2:18
  9. "The More We Possess the Less We Own of Ourselves" – 3:33
  10. "Ebony" (Anderson) – 2:32
  11. "Song for My Father" – 5:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Fred Ball – Keyboards, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements
  • Jim Dare – Guitars
  • Bastian Juel – Bass
  • Kristoffer Sonne – Drums
  • The Dirty Pretty Strings – Strings
  • Jim Hunt – Flute
Technical
  • Bunt Stafford Clark – Mastering
  • Steve Fitzmaurice – Mixing
  • Dyre Gormsen – Engineer
  • Peter Saville – Artwork
  • Howard Wakefield – Artwork

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Metacritic – Brett Anderson". Metacritic. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Artist Chart History – Brett Anderson". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 June 2013.