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Brett Anderson - Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall 9th May 2007   Print  E-mail 
Written by Christopher Lloyd  
Sunday, 23 March 2008
We had a nightmare finding a babysitter on Saturday evening.My partner and I were off out to see Brett Anderson, formerly of Suede, and The Tears. Everyone and their dog were busy that night, but thankfully the in-laws helped out in the end. I say thankfully, but at the time it didnít seem that way as I really am not a fan of Brett Anderson.

Once upon a time I was at the Reading festival, Suede was headlining one of the nights. My friend really wanted to go to see U2 at Wembley Stadium. I didnít like U2, but they were the worse of two evils, plus my friend was paying.

I was dragged kicking and screaming to see The Tears with my partner and surprisingly found that they were quite good. Iíve heard some of the new Brett Anderson solo album and itís failed to grow on me, so it was with great trepidation that I headed out to the Wulfrun Hall.

We get to the venue just in time for Brett to take the stage. When we saw The Tears, Anderson was very stationary, but this time round the first thing I noticed was that the posing was back. This was proper Freddie Mercury style posing. Between tracks he kept urging us to liven up, after all, weíre from the home of rock right? Which is why no one was to keen on dreary ballad after dreary ballad, which is unfortunately what was being peddled over the first half an hour of the set. After this though, the set transmogrified from bland to blasting. Belting out a cavalcade ofSuedetracks, followed by an acoustic interlude, which worked (they so rarely do)before finally dropping a hardcore version ofThe Beautiful Ones.

A surprising ending to a surprising gig, and well worth waiting through the solo-ballads which no doubt will grow on me and sound great in the right environment, such as relaxing at home, rather than in a live venue.


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