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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: 117,118 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin B. Fisher on 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 By M. black on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul M VINE VOICE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Sanders VINE VOICE on 16 Mar. 2013
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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 after that. But what I heard I really enjoyed, and that encouraged me to get "Slow Attack".

Firstly, it's not trying to be Suede. This is a good thing - instead it's a ghostly, often rural (no grimy council flats here), ambient, acoustic album, with some beautiful strings and woodwind accompaniments. Brett's voice is clear and confident, and the album is experimental in a low-key way.

There are no big single songs but then that's not the point. Instead songs like the lovely "Wheatfields" gradually work their way into your heart with subtle hooks. Think a mix of Talk Talk and The Wicker Man. A great album to play driving through the countryside.

This doesn't just sound like a man in a holding pattern waiting for Suede to reform - it's an individual voice. I'll definitely be checking his other solo material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Newman on 17 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Brett Anderson was once easy to pigeon hole. His writing in the 90s for Suede was often sublime yet predictable. Last year he opened up his heart to us all with the emotive Wilderness LP. Loaded with strings, piano and Brett's lonely voice, Wilderness was one album that was sadly left out of many album of the year charts.

In 2009 Brett has returned with another offering and perhaps his best work since Dog Man Star, some 15 years ago, Slow Attack. There is more noise on this LP though you will be pleased to know it isdefinatley good noise. I suspect Brett is hitting the form of a musician who simply doesn't care what the rest of the music world is doing. He is releasing the music not many others would dare release.

If you want to hear an album that will open your mind from the hum drum of the mainstream then Slow Attack is definatley the one you must get your hands on. Some critics have been welcoming Brett Anderson back with Slow Attack. Did he ever really leave us?
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