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Oh god, the year really is almost over, people are starting to announce 2016 albums now.
Because their last album was Bloodsports and not A New Morning. And the three times I've seen them post-reformation they've been brilliant.
Full of energy and some cracking songwriting as well. Not sure if they'll be able to repeat the feat, but this is now one of my most anticipated albums.
Yeah, I agree with Damien. Bloodsports was a great album. It holds its own amongst their back catalogue and they've always been a great live band. I was lucky enough to get tickets for their Garage gig which was great but oddly they absolutely killed it at Ally Pally; one of the worst venues imaginable.
A New Morning - chilled vibes.
Suede are good, Bloodsports was fun and live they're still fantastic.
Can't wait. Now that they don't have to "prove themselves" I bet this one will be more them chasing their artistic demons. I know after sticking with Brett through his solo albums he really wants to try out different things and push himself with music. The fact this seems to be coming out kind of quick makes me think they are on a songwriting high right now.
it's easily their third best album. So much better than Coming Up and more or less everything that followed.
Dog Man Star > Suede > Bloodsports > Sci-Fi Lullabies > Coming Up > the rest
Trying to think of other bands who've disappeared for a decade and then come back sounding so utterly reinvigorated.
Like, among the best things they've ever done. Thats after one listen. Completely shits on the idea that a bands creativity is completely spent this late in their careers.
That is a belter!
track you'd hear blasting out of dance clubs and car windows. What a triumphant, euphoric comeback single. They sound young and rejuvenated. Even more excited for the album now.
in this day and age to get excited about music.
hold my cock, that is amazing
truly incredible that a band as old and decrepit as suede could release such a clever, innovative, fun piece of music this late into their career
suede - a band whose name you could safely tattoo to your wrist
hyped hyped hyped hyped hyped hyped
Never been to that venue yet but have bought a ticket to this.
and is a fan of the band said it's their best album since DMS. Yowza!
is brill. I saw them play all of it at the roundhouse gig and it was excellent
DiS review was pretty spot on imo http://drownedinsound.com/releases/19187/reviews/4149713
Outsiders is majestic. Those massive soaring choruses get me every time. Also love Like Kids, but the more worked atmospheric songs are really good too. Fuck I love Suede. Can't wait to see them live again
as I type this. I'm heading to Sister Ray's Shoreditch for the Suede album signing and in store gig. Anyone else going?
I've got this now. I hope the person above that wondered who would want a new Suede album has given this a listen to find out the answer. I mean, I like Suede, but I didn't for one moment expect anything quite this good. It's bloody brilliant.
How the heck does someone that, erm, didn't used to look after himself that well manage to sing like that?
That falsetto on Learning To Be is proper goosebumps.
venue was only about two thirds full. All the songs were from Night Thoughts and Bloodsports. Great gig.
I got my Dog Man Star and debut album sleeves signed and so I'm a very happy (old) man.
Further to their new album. I had tentative high hopes after the reviews and hype albeit by fans. But it's worth the hype. It's just brilliant.
Saw them in Southampton a year or so back. They played Bloodsports in its entirety first and then went off stage. Hard to think of another band with the balls to do that, especially a reformed band with their back catalogue.
They then came back on and played their first 10 singles in order. Was absolutely incredible. It's clear they know how good this stuff is as well.
Sister Ray Ace said it was very strictly sold out and no reallocation of spare places would be possible so I'm just a little annoyed about hearing that it wasn't even full, sounds like a wonderful show and would have loved to have been there. I didn't really pay attention when this was announced, then it was sold out. Plus I already had the album as I pre ordered it with my ticket for one the Roundhouse shows, so I felt I was already supporting the band doing that and I don't need two copies. Mind you, it would have been worth it, looking at the setlist and reports from the show. You just don't see them that often in such a small place :(
You know how every Bowie album for ages was 'his best since Scary Monsters'? Well, they're in danger of each one they do being touted as their best since Dog Man Star. But, you know, in this case it might actually be true. Bloodsports was easily on a par with Suede and Coming Up. This trumps it. Easily.
this is good. I read all the reviews comparing it to Dog Man Star and scoffed, but they're not far wrong. What an incredible album, especially for a band at this stage of their career.
and only prove that Suede are anything but a passing fancy from the early 90s. Far more enjoyable than 99% of the guff critics wet themselves over.
It's a consistently very good and enjoyable album, certainly better than I thought they were capable of at this stage of their career. However there's not a song on it that would get into a top 15 suede songs. It probably is their best since 'DMS' but still nowhere near good enough to warrant the comparisons.
Are they all off the first three albums then?
(not to be said in a Jonathan Ross accent)
...although I think about things like that, I don't do it only days after an album has come out... and yet I think if I looked objectively at this in a few years time, there'd be a few off this album in such a list for me.
Because so much of it is about flow of songs and stuff, even Outsiders is an album track in a way. Admittedly DMS balanced this effect better, but Bloodsports was the one with the 'bangers' on, Barriers/Starts and Ends/Sometimes I feel... were all contenders. But this a much better album to listen to the whole way.
but it's a lot more consistent - there are no duff tracks on it (like Daddy's Speeding or The Power).
Maybe its a bit quick to be ranking new songs in the grand pantheon of suede songs but its not like they've gone in a new direction I need to get my head round, its suede sounding REALLY like suede. Also just to be clear, I don't think Suede circa '92-'94 were a merely 'great' band, they were an incredible one and I regard 'DMS' as an album that can stand shoulder to shoulder with any Bowie, Smiths, or Kate Bush record, and even surpass some of the great ones, I'm just not hearing that with this one. yes they sound invigorated and focused but musically they also sound kind of robust and solid to me rather than inspired. I think to do that they need to take more of a risk and do something that may not necessarily sound like 'classic' suede and just have confidence that their essential 'suede-ness' will come through. Like they did on 'DMS'. while 'DMS' does have its share of clunkers (the power, black or blue, this Hollywood life) they stand out because its a more diverse record, 'Night Thoughts' uniformity in sound subsumes its weaker moments (learning to be, the fur and the feathers) to a degree. Lastly, Suede used to be amazing at writing codas/outros, now they sound a bit 'tacked on' or shoehorned in a bit. Like I said though, very good album that I'm enjoying a lot, just not hearing the near masterpiece others are (lyrics are surprisingly great in places though I'll admit).
there are 2-3 tracks that are right up there with their best stuff - Outsiders, No Tomorrow, and I Don't Know How to Reach You, maybe Like Kids and Pale Snow as well.
I like the way the songs all segue into each other, and for some reason the reprise of When You Are Young at the end works very well. I've been obsessed with DMS for 22 years but I actually think this may be even better. The intensity and hysteria of the whole thing just doesn't drop for the whole duration.
It's very telling that the Chris Evans Britpop nostalgia junkies hardly talk much about Suede. They were a cut above a lot of that nonsense.
Although less about each track individually as much as the writing/filming/thematic elements of the songs, which is a lot more interesting.
to see this go into the charts at number 6. I realize it will sink next week and that's like 100 copies nowadays but this was a band completely written off and ridiculed. At one point they were even written out of the britpop narrative. Anderson's underrated solo records were completely ignored and it looked like the press was grudgingly praising their comeback album. So to see them release such a great album and be back in the top ten is great. Occasionally history rights itself.
Always liked this lot. Too young to have been able to grasp it for the first couple of records but when I was 16 I saw them touring head music and it was stunning. Gone backwards from there and love most of it now. Didn't get the last one but will make the plunge here.
Would BB have made this a better record?
Saw them do coming up at Brixton too which was great.
been holding off on posting in here til i gave it a few more listens.
i'm not really feeling the excessive praise myself. one thing i find interesting is how remarkably similar the album is to The Tears album that was released a few years back - to a fairly lukewarm reception (despite being much, much better imo, really underrated album). to the point where i'm not sure what the difference is other than timing? back then there was no shortage of dramatic, swelling indie music, it was something of a golden age for Pitchfork/Stereogum alt-rock. whereas now people are maybe lacking a bit for high-stakes guitar music. idk
anyway it's all very solid, the lyrics are strong, it flows nicely and maybe it'll make more sense with the filmic backdrop thing they have going on for it. But nothing more than solid to very good, imo. There's just something lacking there, that sense of another strong, volatile personality to bounce off maybe (that was there on The Tears album - again, a worthy third Butler-Anderson album imo).
Also, not to be a sniffy audiophile, but the production is kind of painful in places, particularly when it gets louder - i have to listen with the volume fairly low when i'm listening on headphones.
to answer a question upthread, 15 suede songs streets ahead of anything on NT:
the wild ones
the living dead
my dark star
my insatiable one
to the birds
where the pigs don't fly
by the sea
we are the pigs
she's in fashion
but that may be just me. I've seen other people complain about the production too but I really like it - maybe it's a generational thing, I dunno.
I'm also not so taken by it but neither was i with Bloodsports and that one grow on me.
yeah i'm not completely writing it off yet, i'll drop back in if it starts growing on me more (lol, not that it matters that much what i think)
is the worst Suede song ever. But otherwise I like your list, apart from the absence of Pantomime Horse
proper earworm. can see how a lot of people would cringe at it though!
to the shape of a cigarette
gives it a run for its money
she lives in a house, stupid as a mouse song