New Brett Anderson “Brittle Heart”

It’s always good to keep an eye on what Mr Anderson is up to, and after a couple of albums of slow piano musings, we’re back to a bit of the old rock, and it’s pretty good on the second listen. Eagle eyed ‘Spillers can spot a. Akiko from Comanechi/The Big Pink and b. That Didz geezer from The Cooper Temple Clause (remember them?!). In other news Brett has gotten married is now married has gotten married, thus breaking Mrs McFlah’s heart (“A piece of me has died” she quoth “I’m like Tinkerbell, with her little light fading away and going out. Sob!”)

10 thoughts on “New Brett Anderson “Brittle Heart”

  1. that wasn’t half bad! Brett is still looking good and great to see Didz……I (along with SatanKidneyPie) was a big Cooper Temple Clause fan

    • Ooops! Now corrected! In my defence I did rush this post whilst trying to transcribe the mutterings coming from the other end of the sofa.

    • gf, I’ve always thought that ‘gotten’ for ‘got’ was the original form, which lingered on in America after it had died out over here.

      • A lot of so-called “Americanisms” are thus, TFD, as I’m sure you know. The only ones that I know for sure originated in the States are Noah Webster’s spelling reforms.

  2. OK Blimps, you’re forgiven just this once. TFD, your comment prompted me to look further, Wiki offered this which totally endorses your suggestion.

    Although the British stopped using the past participle gotten about three hundred years ago, the American colonists and their descendants–especially in New England–still tend to use it.

    Some English teachers have tried to ban its usage to make American English conform to British English, especially during the nineteenth and early twentieth century when there was a movement to purify English. Others are just not used to its use because it is not used in their region and hear it as an error.

    Ultimately, language is convention. If you are writing for a formal audience outside of New England, you might want to use the simple past form got instead. It is like the dictum to never end a sentence with a preposition because that is something some people just will not put–ummm–up with which some people just will not put!


    For example: “Since I last saw you, you have gotten big!”

    Gotten is correct, and very old. In England many people wrongly assume that gotten is a modern Americanism, but the truth is the English more-or-less stopped using it, and have forgotten (!) that they used to use it.

    That said, “gotten” isn’t good English. In most cases other, more precise and meaningful words should be used in its place.

    While “have got” sounds wrong to American ears, “have gotten” can usually be replaced by “have become”, and “have been able to” or “have had the chance/opportunity to” would make better sense in other situations.

    “You would have got along with him” is proper English.

    I can’t argue with ‘ultimately language is convention’ but ‘gotten’ does grate on the ear, at least mine particularly when spoken by one as erudite as El Blimpo.

  3. I enjoyed this too, I have been listening to it rather a lot since I downloaded it, it seems to suggest that the new album may be more ‘rocky’ than Wilderness or his eponymous solo effort, which are both rather good.

    Not sure I like it as much as tracks on those so far, but it seems to take me a while to realise how much I like his songs.

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