Brett Anderson is racing around Europe. To present his latest album, Slow Attack, that I love and described as ‘introspective chamber music‘. But, wow, his Antwerp show (at Trix) was not a slow attack, given the power, the fierceness, the electricity. A true hold-up on all of our senses.
Brett (and terrific band) started off with complete re-inventions of some slower songs, giving them a furious Suede jacket while keeping the personal intensity of the lyrics. Overflown in feedback, hyperkinetic guitar plucks, melodic bass and powerful (yet female) piano cuts. Noise. Hot. Rock.
Still, the heavier approach fluently and easily transited into fractions of (solo) stillness. Moments of complete (!) silence. Complementing voices. Emotional tension. With or without band. A heartbreaking crooner. The new Brett that we have come to appreciate so much. Although he swayed and moved like in his early Suede days.
What a pleasure! The grin on his face. The determination to conquer. Close contact with the audience. A confident artist in top shape. All of his incarnations in one concert. There are few to compete him.
This is the music that takes me to a different place. With the wild ones.
The follow-up to Brett Anderson‘s 1st (self-titled) solo album Wilderness is now available in digital stores. Perfect mother’s day gift for Moekie.
September will see the physical release, and probably I won’t be able to resist it (although iTunes kindly included the booklet ànd a bonus track).
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: