I know music is a very personal thing, and what inspires one person will leave another cold. I also don't profess to be a musical expert in any way. However I am at a bit of a loss to understand some of the strong criticisms of this album. I am not a dyed in the wool Suede or Brett Anderson fan, but came to this album with an open mind. Personally I find it hauntingly beautiful. Yes it is painfully melancholic at times, speaking as it does of lost love and the deep and unremitting anguish this can leave one feeling. But the beauty of this album is the stark unadulterated simplicity of a man conveying that emotion. I am sure that Brett wrote this from the heart, and if you have ever felt that heart tearing, gut wrenching feeling of loss, then you will understand this album fully, and relate on a deeply emotional level with it. My personal favourite tracks are A different place, Chinese Whispers, Clowns, and Blessed, but I think every track has merit. It has encouraged me to invest in more of Suede and Brett's solo work. I love this album even though I often cannot listen to it without crying, and I cannot recommend it enough.