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. Solarized finds Brown regaining the melodic sense that eluded him on most of [Music Of The Spheres].
  3. Yet another endearingly eccentric document: one that will largely support his growing reputation as a talented, contrary, and mischievously erratic artiste.
  4. 60
    Has more in common with Oasis than anything else. [Mar 2005, p.110]
  5. Solarized is unlikely to win or lose Brown many fans, but the world of music would certainly be a duller place without him.
  6. 60
    There's a freshness uncommon to fortysomething men two decades into their career. [Oct 2004, p.110]
  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
    10
    In a class of his own!!!!!!
  2. JohnP
    Feb 2, 2005
    10
    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
    10
    awesome, browns best work so far demonstrates he is continuing to develop whilst others rehash old sounds and styles. He is also not afraid 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
    9
    this album is good.
  5. NorthFreedomFighter
    Apr 5, 2005
    9
    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 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
    9
    Bloody brilliant!
  7. GregH
    Nov 25, 2004
    8
    Some really good tracks on this - the Gallagher track is so Oasis it is pointless really

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