Album Review: Brett Anderson - 'Black Rainbows'

Perhaps his best solo work to date

Album Review: Brett Anderson - 'Black Rainbows'

Album Info

  • Release Date: September 26, 2011
  • Label: EMI
  • Fact: In the early-'90s, Suede bought most of their clothes in Oxfam shops
7 / 10 Brett Anderson’s never been one to shirk a ludicrous metaphor. Twelve years after hitting on a girl that was “the colour of a magazine”, the daft loon’s prancing merrily ’neath ‘Black Rainbows’ on his post-Suede reunion Return To Rock Form. The record boasts maybe his finest solo single to date in ‘Brittle Heart’, plus a clutch of mid-tempo rockers that scrub up nicely – even if the seedy Soho glam of yore is replaced by a leadenly earnest tone. The puzzling lyrics remain, though: “give me your ashtray eyes”, “your hair is like the autumn” etc. Honestly Brett, you’d make a rubbish police witness.

Alex Denney

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