Brett Anderson is an English singer / songwriter, best-known as the former lead vocalist of britpop band Suede. After Suede disbanded, he reunited with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler to form The Tears, and their album Here Come The Tears was released in 2005. In 2006, he released his debut solo album, the intensely personal Brett Anderson, which captured an artist at a turning point in his life. Of course the gorgeous melodies were still there but this time they were coupled to lyrics which showed an artist coming to terms with huge life changes and new experiences. This was an altogether different artist from the one who had so adroitly captured various other lives through a looking glass in his earlier work. The focus was moving inwards.
And now comes Wilderness, Brett’s new solo album featuring only voice, strings, and piano. Forget the typical Anderson rhymes, and the constant reference to glamor, drugs or sex. Instead we get a portrait into Brett’s heart, simple songs about love and broken relationships. The whole experience is amplified by the stark production. In conclusion, Wilderness is a beautiful album which is not going to sell loads, and will probably be ignored by most of the music world, but inside it lies a great album by one of the great songwriters of the last 20 years.
As Brett himself states, “I made this album with the purest of intentions: to create a beautiful suite of songs untethered by second-guessing markets and playlists and music biz bullshit. I have no record company, no publisher and a smaller audience but I have never been more confident and focused about what I am doing as an artist.”