Black Rainbows is the fourth solo album by the English singer-songwriter Brett Anderson, released on 26 September 2011. Anderson has stated that Black Rainbows will be "restless, noisy and dynamic. and described it as a return to the rock band format.
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Band Name Brett Anderson. Album Name Black Rainbows. Released date 26 September 2011. Members owning this album1. 3. Crash About to Happen. 4. I Count the Times.
If Brett Anderson’s fourth solo album isn’t quite the fringe-flicking hit hoped for from a man who reclaimed his fop-rock crown at Suede’s reunion gigs, the reason might lie in the timing. Working with go-to session guy Leo Abrahams, Anderson mapped out Black Rainbows before Suede’s resurgence. So it’s less an album spurred by Suede’s rebirth than his flirtation with the idea of fronting a rock band again, still the metier that most suits Anderson but one that’s only tentatively embraced here. A self-reinvention it isn’t, as the cover affirms.
Black Rainbows is the right album at the right moment. With its rich, layered sound and its hugely enjoyable preening, it is unashamedly Suede-esque.
Black Rainbows, Brett Anderson's fourth solo album, may just be my favourite of his solo albums (although its predecessor Slow Attack provides fierce competition). For someone like me who was an absolutely huge Suede fan back in the early/mid nineties and who would also cite Dog Man Star as one of his very favourite albums, the post-Coming Up Suede albums and the first Anderson solo albums, for all of their shining moments, were very much shrouded in disappointment, given the band's early achievements
His new solo album, Black Rainbows, is out on 26 September. From an objective, and with all the benefits of hindsight, perspective, what’s interesting with Anderson is that throughout his, and Suede’s, career the maintenance of an unwavering autonomy has kept him on a rollercoaster trajectory with the zeitgeist ever since 1989. For Anderson though, it is his artistic impulses, rather than careerist profiteering, that have formed the basis of his releases. Brett Anderson: My father was quite obsessed with music, so it stems from my upbringing. He was an obsessive classical music fan and used to go on pilgrimages to Hungary to visit Franz Liszt’s birthplace in his Morris Traveller. My mother was an artist, a painter, so I suppose I come from quite a creative background – a working class background: it was a council house but not a clichéd estate.
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