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Album Review

The forgotten man of '90s Brit-rock, Brett Anderson exists on the fringes — partially by design, partially by circumstance. He's always fancied himself the doomed romantic, taking pleasure in being ostracized, but the thing about being out of the mainstream is that eventually people stop paying attention, even fans. That happened with Anderson with his straight and sober 2007 solo debut, a record that could have brought wayward Suede fans back aboard — although if they didn't pay attention to Anderson's reunion with Bernard Butler in the Tears, why would they start there? — but it was roundly ignored, so he's beat a retreat, not back to the decaying gothic mansion of Dog Man Star, but leaving the city altogether and settling in the Wilderness. Anderson wrote and recorded Wilderness quickly, completing the whole thing within a week, and it has an immediacy that stands in stark contrast to the careful, deliberate Brett Anderson. Immediacy suggests that this is a rock album, which it most certainly is not: it's a stark, solemn cousin of PJ Harvey's White Chalk, but it's not as harrowing as that creepily intimate collection. Anderson always prefers wistful sighs to deep melancholy, and that gives Wilderness a bit of warmth, even if its stark surroundings — often there's not much more than a piano and some strings providing support — certainly place the music at a bit of a remove, forcing the listener to meet the album on its own terms. And while those terms are certainly different than those of Brett Anderson or latter-day Suede, this comes the closest to capturing the underlying haunted romanticism of Suede at its peak. For those who are still paying attention, it's actually quite nice to hear Anderson reconnecting to that initial spark while finding ways to experiment. It may not make him a star again, but Wilderness does find Brett Anderson creatively revitalized.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful stuff - back to his best.

After the disappointing, over-produced initial self-titled solo effort by Brett, I bought this album more hopeful than confident. However, it's totally exceeded all my expectations. Simple, gritty, and real. Highlighting the beauty of this man's voice, accompanied by some lovely piano and cello. I can only presume that Brett had come out of a particularly eventful relationship before writing this album so, although there's lots to relate to, it's certainly not cheerful stuff. But certainly beautiful music.


A must for London Suede fans. "Back to You" is probably the best song Brett has written.

Without Words describe the beauty within this album I am only drawn to criticism of one point- too short and sweet!!!! I could easily listen to twenty more minutes of the TRUE AND REAL Brett Anderson like this. The voice that was missing from the last Suede album and the first Anderson solo record. Notice that i omitted "Here ComeThe Tears" from the list because that was brilliant without a doubt. His rich, deep, timbre is BACK and the piano and cello are magnificent throughout. This is sad sounding music put to relatively uplifting lyrical material...something that you do not see every day in music anymore. "Funeral Mantra" comes a darker door closer to a delicious Suede b-side, but be forwarned: THESE ARE NOT pop songs folks, so anyone purchasing this disc for another "Beautiful Ones" or "Animal Nitrate" can go screw themselves...this is REAL music made by the one and only Brett. And Brett- thank you!!!!!!


Born: September 29, 1967 in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, Engl

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

When Suede released their self-titled debut album in 1993, vocalist Brett Anderson endeared himself to U.K. critics longing for another David Bowie or Morrissey. Born in Haywards Heath, England on September 29, 1967, Anderson was named after the character Lord Brett Sinclair from the TV series The Persuaders. Anderson spent much of his childhood playing sports but fantasized about becoming a rock star. In his teens, he played guitar for garage bands such as the Pigs and Geoff, the latter featuring...
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