Solarized - Ian Brown
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  • Summary: The fourth solo disc for the former Stone Roses singer includes a collaboration with Noel Gallagher.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 86
    The entire disc is marked by diversity and ingenuity. [#13, p.96]
  2. Though one can't help but miss the complementing presence of Stone Roses guitarist/songwriter John Squire, "Solarized" is a strong and enjoyable offering from this Manchester icon.
  3. The strongest and most ambitious record of Ian Brown's solo career. [#8, p.105]
  4. At times convoluted, Solarized can be a bit of a puzzle, but there are precious few pieces missing from this set. [#14, p.115]
  5. 60
    There's a freshness uncommon to fortysomething men two decades into their career. [Oct 2004, p.110]
  6. Musically and lyrically, this has the same hazy, starry-eyed feel [as Music Of The Spheres]. [Oct 2004, p.121]
  7. Most of Solarized sounds like a so-so Portishead record with perfect cheekbones, an expensive haircut and rock-star airheadedness even Noel Gallagher couldn't manage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9