6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2002
Former Eurythmic and producer extraordinaire Dave Stewart's first true solo release is an underlooked gem of a record, often reaching heights not scaled by any of his previous work. From the detached disco of Heart of Stone to the closing argument of Oh no, Not You Again, Gutter blends a variety of styles to produce chaotically melodic backdrops for the often inspired wit of Stewart.
His guitar work is amazingly feisty throughout, transforming tracks such as the casually psychedelic St. Valentines Day, and the forceful Damien Save Me. Lyrically smart, dark yet warmly humurous, this is arguably the pinnacle of Stewarts career.
0 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2006
The interesting thing about this album is that Britartist Damien Hirst, who is probably a friend of Dave Stewart, created the concept for the sleave artwork. It features some of his themes such as death, repetition, retail-style displays (vitrines), death and references to recreational psychotropics. The colours are lush as well. For fans of Damien Hirst, there is a lot to recommend this album artwork. The music on the album is itself merely Dave Stewart-by-numbers. If you have any three Eurythmics albums you will have heard many of the motifs already. Mr Stewart was, regrettably, allowed to provide vocals for the album meaning he sing-speaks and croaks through all the songs. This makes for a less than stellar performance. Presumably the producer did not have the nerve to tell Mr Stewart that in his phone book he had a long list of session vocalists who could have provided vocals that would have been far less abrasively untuneful. But, as I said, the sleave art is quite good.