Solarized - Ian Brown
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  • Summary: The fourth solo disc for the former Stone Roses singer includes a collaboration with Noel Gallagher.
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  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
  1. RobertB.
    Jun 28, 2007
    In a class of his own!!!!!!
  2. JohnP
    Feb 2, 2005
    This is a really beautiful and atmospheric album. I was blown away by it's quality! Undoubtedly Ian's best solo album yet.
  3. jamesw
    Feb 24, 2005
    awesome, browns best work so far demonstrates he is continuing to develop whilst others rehash old sounds and styles. He is also not afraid to say what he thinks (eg kiss ya lips) which makes him refreshingly unique. Expand
  4. JimS
    Oct 27, 2004
    this album is good.
  5. NorthFreedomFighter
    Apr 5, 2005
    This album isn't overly fresh or uniquely original, it isn't going to blow anyone away outright, and it won't likely win any critics awards, but if you take it for what it is, a solid record made by a man who just has a knack for good sound, I gurantee you will love it. Use it to chill out to, use it to spice up your day, but always realize that this record does what it has meant to do. . . keep you listening. Expand
  6. EricV
    Jan 11, 2005
    Bloody brilliant!
  7. GregH
    Nov 25, 2004
    Some really good tracks on this - the Gallagher track is so Oasis it is pointless really

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