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  • Summary: This is the solo debut for the former frontman of Suede and The Tears.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. What makes Brett Anderson succeed as solo debut is that it truly presents Anderson on his own, willing to sound different, quieter than he did when in a band, willing to open his heart without regard for consequences.
  2. 80
    Gone is the Suede-lite of The Tears. Instead we get acoustic guitars, lush string arrangements and the previously cagey Anderson pouring his heart out. [Apr 2007, p.92]
  3. A near-perfect debut. [#17, p.82]
  4. There's a fair bit of self-indulgence here, but the former Suede leader has a way with these things, and the result is generally listenable.
  5. 11 tracks of the same old maudlin balladry.
  6. 40
    His lyrics don't always match his ambition. [Apr 2007, p.108]
  7. This is hollow, pretentious and deeply dull music. [Apr 2007, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. panchilliot
    Apr 10, 2007
    10
    I realy dont understand the "deeply dull music" of some alchoholic critics.
  2. GustavM
    Apr 1, 2007
    10
    The best album of the year!
  3. GustavM
    Apr 1, 2007
    10
    The best album of the year!
  4. LawrenceM
    Mar 30, 2007
    8
    I really don;t understand the negative press this album has generated. If you've followed Brett's career trajectory this far, I think you should have a pretty good idea what to expect. So, no, it's not "Coming Up" vol II, but did anyone really expect it to be? This is an introspective album made by a man nearing middle-age. The melodies are strong, the instrumentation and producton are hugely sympatheic and Brett's voice gets better with age. Like the much underrated "Here Come The Tears" I think this will be an album that the faithful few will hold dar to their heats, and the general public will never really get. For me, it's a classic. Expand
  5. JJSmith
    May 27, 2007
    8
    Every album Anderson has put out has at the very least shown glimpses of genius. Even A New Morning had Obsessions and The Tears album had three or four tracks that were lightyears ahead in class of you standard indie fare. This album is no different, his vocals are as strong as they have been since Head Music and lyrically there are signs he can still write with the talent of the Dog Man Star which for me was the best album of the 90's. In some ways he's been his own worst enemy by being so prolific in Suedes early years because if this was a new artist the reviews would almost cerainly be universally excellent but Anderson is an easy target because at times he can tread ground so familiar it verges on self-parody. Yes he still drops the odd clunker in his lines and a couple tracks are weak but when he gets it right he can be untouchable. The Infinite Kiss is a perfect pop record, melodically excellent and brilliantly delivered while Song For My Father is poignantly beautiful and Scvorpio Rising powefully evocative. It's not as good as the first two Suede albums but if that's the benchmark that everything is set against then 99% of music out there fails miserably. All in all a very good solo debut and signs of the genius of old. Expand
  6. benfolds
    Apr 5, 2007
    8
    Sure it's not stunning like any Suede album that releases previously in 90s, but it's not a shit record too. If you love romantic music, this is your music. Expand
  7. andresl
    Mar 29, 2007
    1
    this is so lame that makes the tears look actually pretty good. the music is some adult contemporary crap and the lyrics are beyond self parody. what happened to this guy? Expand

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