January 18, 2013
Suede: "Drama, melody and noise"
The past year has seen 90's acts return with mixed (to no) commercial success, among them Garbage and No Doubt. Now it's Suede's turn. Most love this Britpop-era band for their first two albums of sexually ambiguous, drug-laced, council house rock, but their poppy third album, Coming Up, is one of my favorite albums of the nineties. The lead single Trash captured them at their best - pure romance awash in guitars and gorgeous filth: "We're trash you and me, we're the litter on the breeze, we're the lovers in the streets."
Last week they release a solid - and free - new track called Barriers, the opener to their album Bloodsports and their first new song in 11 years. Arrangement-wise, it's guitar rock, but lyrically it has the same kind of epic sweep that the best Suede songs have: "Aniseed kisses and lipstick traces / Lemonade sipped in Belgian rooms / Couldn't replace the graceful notions / That clung to me when I clung to you."
The first proper single will be the pleasingly titled It Starts And Ends With You. I'm hopeful for this album because it was produced by Ed Buller, who did the first three Suede albums. Bloodsports is due on March 18, a week after Bowie, who heavily influenced the band, releases his new album. Here is the tracklist:
It Starts And Ends With You
For The Strangers
Sometimes I Feel I’ll Float Away
What Are You Not Telling Me?
and here are my Top Ten Suede Songs
Europe Is Our Playgroud
She's In Fashion
The Chemistry Between Us
The Wild Ones
My Dark Star
What are yours?