fyi: my wife and I were dedicated Suede fans. Glam-trash drama. We went to a lot of their electrifying live shows. Dog Man Star is one of our all-time favourites, with The 2 Of Us as the opening dance of our wedding. We liked the projects of original band mate Bernard Butler, solo (2 albums) and with McAlmont (soul heroes for 2 albums). But the return of the duo as The Tears (2005) did not bring back all of the old magic.
After Brett‘s 1st solo album, we saw him play brilliantly in the Botanique in Brussels (with Suede’s Mat Osman). We enjoyed the electrical new and Suede tracks, but were ecstatic about the unexpected, but incredible acoustic (solo) performance. It certainly revealed an unexplored, pure side to the Suede songs, structures and lyrics, but also unleashed the ‘new’ artist in Brett.
Upon that experience we purchased the exclusive acoustic Live at Union Chapel recording. And the succeeding concerts with a string ensemble (still available here) seem to have finally inspired him to write and record new songs (in 7 days) with no more than a cellist as main compagnon: