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Slow Attack

Brett Anderson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pias Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B002S4RIYC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,010 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Of all the stars that shone during the salad days of Britpop, few have faded as comprehensively as ex-Suede vocalist Brett Anderson.

As Jarvis Cocker continues to release critically acclaimed albums, albeit to a far reduced audience than he was reaching a decade ago, and Damon Albarn, Anderson’s old nemesis, swings effortlessly from Chinese opera to Malian blues to cartoon pop, barely a ripple of recognition has been given to Anderson’s solo releases since the general indifference to his reunion with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler as The Tears in 2004.

This is Brett’s third solo album in as many years, and proof that the glory days are long gone is apparent in this record’s seemingly wilful inability to contain anything approaching a solid tune.

Minimal piano and woodwind abound on tracks such as The Swan and opener Hymn, where Anderson’s wobbly vibrato struggles to find the right key. There’s a spectral folk feel to Wheatfields, where the rolling acoustic guitar stubbornly refuses to go anywhere beyond one, quickly tiresome, riff.

Anderson claims that Slow Attack was inspired by absorbing himself in cinematic scores, but there’s little here of interest to fans of Morricone et al. Indeed, even if so many of the tracks didn’t slip through the speakers in a semi-comatose state, any redeeming qualities in the Mark Hollis-influenced musical arrangements are let down by the lyrics. It’s tragic indeed to hear the man behind such literate gems as Animal Nitrate and Stay Together descend to bleating inanities like “I am the hunter, you are the hunted” on The Hunted, a track with anthemic pretensions which actually just sounds dull.

It appears doubtful that even hardcore, ageing Suede fans will have the urge to persevere with this deeply unsatisfying music. --Rob Crossan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional talent 4 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I continue to find the Amazon / BBC review of this item quite incredible. Both this - and Wilderness, Anderson's previous album - are consummate pieces of artistry. Sure, they're far from the upbeat, cosy indie rock that is clearly the reviewers preferred content, but citing the respective levels of public acclaim accorded to Jarvis Cocker and Brett Anderson are cheap and misguided. Brett Anderson never shone in the public eye as the 'star' of Suede in the same way that Cocker did with Pulp, and solo artists rarely reach the levels of success that their work with their signature band suggests they should. That doesn't mean that their art is worse, and here, in Slow Attack, Anderson provides us with a demonstration of song crafting talent that is second to none. Not as bleak or sparse as Wilderness, yet still brimmed with sadness and regret, the songs at times rise to a peak of elegaic beauty (ie Ashes of Us) where voice and arrangement combine to demonstrate that Anderson has lost none of the wistful, bitter sweet side of his songwriting, even while the arch commentator on modern society seems to have taken a back seat. Whether you like this approach or not is the question; clearly the BBC reviewer does not, but to claim that it shows a 'seemingly wilful inability to contain anything approaching a solid tune' says more about the reviewer's inability to understand songwriting than it ever will about Brett Anderson's solo albums.

I don't own a single Suede album, so I'm not even a hardcore fan. But this is beautiful, mournful, painful - and, above all, genuine - art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars slow attack 13 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
suede were the soundtrack of my life for a good few years and i also loved the tears one and only album but brett's first two solo efforts left me cold.apart from having several good songs they were a chore,so slow attack wasnt really a must buy.
so it's a surprise to say this is a superb album full of gorgeous songs perfect for listening to in the wee small hours.brett's no longer singing about sex,heroin and gasoline skies,in fact for the first time lyrically he seems happy.so it stands up with suede's best work,those expecting guitar glam stomper's wont be served here but the man who gave us the wild ones deliver's the beautiful ballads he's always excelled at.good to have him back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SURPRISE OF THE YEAR [POSSIBLY] 4 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who thinks Brett Anderson is washed up, should look away now.On the other hand those of us who remember the majestic swagger of Dog Man Star, the unfulfilled potential of the Tears, and the unfocused opiated muse of other albums, are about to have their faith and patience rewarded.Quite simply Slow Attack is the album most people knew Brett Anderson had in him, but feared would never materialise.

There is a confidence in Bretts voice rarely heard since the first two Suede albums, and his willingness to expand his vocal range on tracks like Wheatfields [ sounding like Mercury Rev circa Deserters Songs] is welcome. But Slow Attacks entire song cycle has much to offer, with its unusual Anderson themes of life in the countryside rather than a decaying urban landscape, giving a feeling of warmth and optimism rarely heard in Anderson's earlier work. Much of this new lease of life can be credited to producer / co-writer Leo Abrahams, who seems to have lit a similar creative spark in Anderson as Bernard Butler did 18 years ago, albeit a more subdued reflective one. Anderson simply sounds confident, and like his old self again,and it is this above all else that makes Slow Attack so enjoyable. I for one never thought I would hear Brett Anderson sing material as strong as this,let alone in a voice that is almost back to its Suede prime. These two factors alone make me want to keep listening to Slow Attack.

In some ways, Slow Attack may be too late to resurrect Brett Anderson's career, and I cant help wishing that some of this material was available when The Tears released their one album. Then there would have been a chance that Anderson would still be the star he deserves to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unrepentent Excellence 5 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
BRETT ANDERSON - "Slow Attack"

In an artistic middle age, Brett Anderson has done what many artists should do : ditch the drugs, the major label, and make more records.

Given that he's released four albums in five years, when the five years previous to that saw one, utterly disappointingly average Suede album, it's something everyone should do - take the gift of making music and use it. Anyone can be a junkie ; not anyone can be a genius.

Is Brett Anderson a genius? No. But stripped of his ego, headline status, and the need to make hit singles, his solo career has seen him remould himself. In the way that any artistic statement is an element, and an exagerration of the core personality - witness Bowie's constant requirement to reinvent himself, always different, always the same - Anderson's third album is a refreshing, and somewhat individual mix of his trademark style ; the Bedsit Balladeer, and the epic torch singer, "Slow Attack" might very well be his most accomplished record yet. Aided by grand yet intimate string flourishes and a live band, it fulfills the potential of his solo debut and it's sequel, the acoustic "Wilderness" with an effective combination of the two.

There's not much in the way of instantly recognisable, unforgettable, great songs : instead there is a effortlessly cohesive set of material that compliments and complicates each other in a narrative. "Hymn" and "The Hunted" are particular highlights,each song sitting well in the context and surrounding material, in a thematically accurate essay of the emotional climate. For the first time, Anderson is showing definite maturity.

Oh, maturity, what a word. It implies boredom and tedium. Here what it means is refinement, articulacy, and intellect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars slow burn...
The imminent Suede comeback album "Blodsports" encouraged me to check out Anderson's solo output. I wasn't so fussed on The Tears, and like many people I lost track of Anderson... Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of his solo work
I was a Suede fan and I love BA's voice. I bought this album after seeing a TV programme of him discussing and playing songs from it. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2011 by Andromeda
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better with age
Brett Anderson was once easy to pigeon hole. His writing in the 90s for Suede was often sublime yet predictable. Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2009 by David Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars The magnificent re-birth of a career
I admit to being a little bit shocked after listening to this album. To be perfectly honest, I can't believe that Brett Anderson has produced such a truly excellent piece of work... Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2009 by A. Sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd solo album
The opening seconds of first track "Hymn" sound like a wholesale rip off from Talk Talks "Sprirt Of Eden". Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by M. J. Farnworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting,Beautiful & stays with you......
There is part of me that would like the world to know what a wonderful song writer Brett is and the album gets to number 1 and all the trimmings cause this record deserves... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete shock
I've been a Suede fan from the very early days and I've always felt a loyalty to Brett but my interest had really dwindled after the last two albums. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by Jonathan Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Return From The Wilderness
I gave Mr Anderson's album 'Wilderness' an unfavourable
notice in these pages a year or so ago. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by The Wolf
3.0 out of 5 stars A transitional work
I have a few issues with Brett Anderson's solo work, and, judging from some of the reviews of his previous efforts on this site, I'm not the only one. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2009 by Sogna
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