As a dyed in the wool fan of Alice's material from 'Love it to death' through to 'Billion $ Babies' - naturally encompassing 'Welcome to my nightmare' - it was with much trepidation that I bought my copy of 'Brutal planet' (yes, I too had bought and rapidly sold 'Constrictor') in advance of his Hammersmith Apollo 2000 gig. Another regretted purchase, under the influence of the single 'Poison', was the sorry poodle rock orientated 'Trash'. Yes, it had a more than respectable cover, a decent enough title track, the A1 single, and the track 'Hell is living without you', otherwise......yeuchhhh. Still, I didn't regret my contribution towards keeping the maestro in putting irons - we all owe him at least that much. I've been more than pleasantly surprised with the new album - Brutal Planet. 'Love it to death' it ain't, but if 'The Matrix' soundtrack made you sit up and take notice then you too may find salvation here. Refining the grunge sound in his inimitable way, Alice ploughs a new furrow which should please all but the most cynical of fans - old (like me) and new. The generously upholstered CD sleeve has a grimy comic book style, and sets the tone for the tracks on the album. On first listen (that's all I've had, and I already appreciate the contents) the tracks which stand out are 'It's the little things', 'Pick up the bones', 'Wicked young man' and 'Take it like a woman'. Much as I revere the `71 -`73 albums, I can also acknowledge what's going on here. If you can peel back your blinkers then buy this CD.....you won't be disappointed.