Proof that Suede's frontman' solo output is just as great as his work with the kings of glam in the early '90s, Brett Anderson's "Collected solo work" is a 6-disc bundle consisting of his 4 solo albums, a live disc, and an interview DVD. 23 bonus tracks (B-Sides, demos, instrumentals etc.), an accompanying 34-page booklet featuring among others Brett's reappraisal of each album (gotta love his honesty about the first records), and a multi-regional DVD, where Brett talks about the writing and recording of the albums, is what one will get. Surprisingly for a retrospective collection, no videos are included on here (he must have released some, hasn't he?). The packaging is the same as Suede's recent "Coming up 20" reissue (a hardback media book, with plastic trays where discs are held with hinges - a little sensitive but neat + nice-looking), a compact, nicely put-together package altogether. And as classy as the music included ("Slow attack" and "Black rainbows" are my favourites, love the sorrowfulness of them). I was tempted to order the signed vinyl box set of this, but being a completist, and a lover of CDs, went for the CD edition (why artists always sign vinyl, surely they could sign some smaller prints for the CD box sets). This package is perfect for those who would like to acquaint with Brett's solo works for the first time. These albums were largely, or completely, ignored when first released, even Suede fans did not pay much attention to them. Brett's career might be revalued with this release, I am well chuffed, as a Brit would say, with this beauty of an item!
List of ontents:
- CD 1: Brett Anderson (2007) + bonus tracks - CD 2: Wilderness (2008) + bonus tracks - CD 3: Slow attacks (2009) + bonus tracks - CD 4: Black rainbows (2011) + bonus tracks - CD 5: Live 2011/2010 - DVD: Interview to Luke Turner - 34-page booklet featuring lyrics, photos, and notes by Brett