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The London Suede (known simply as Suede in the U.K.) never made a mainstream breakthrough in the U.S., as the early-'90s rise of grunge usurped whatever thunder these English glam boys might have had coming to them. Still, the band strung together a charming career with plenty of first-rate pop music that alternative channels very much appreciated. Then, creative missteps and personal issues rendered Suede cooked. Reunion shows in 2010 pointed the way to new material. Bloodsports features the Suede lineup from the Coming Up album, where Richard Oakes handles Bernard Butler's lead guitar and piano parts and Neil Codling takes a more pressing role as the main keyboardist. Brett Anderson is in fine voice and playing, for the most part, like the cheeky young lad he once was. "Barriers" throws out a kinetic kick worthy of David Bowie, while "lemonade is sipped in Belgian rooms" and the years melt away. "Sabotage" paints a somber mood worth reflecting on, as Anderson is again a tortured man obsessed with controlling a woman. "Faultlines" completes the melancholia with a grand sound that's simply sublime.

Customer Reviews

Wow!

I have a stable music collection and I rarely buy new music. I have been on the fence over a couple new albums from some of my favorite artists. I am not a huge fan of The London Suede, but I have a few of their songs. When I streamed this album on NPR I immediately decided to buy it. It sounds great. I hate to admit it, but I am going to buy this over Johnny Marr's new solo album.

Thank you!

I've loved Suede since '92 and I love this album. Thank you Brett and Co. for essentially doing something wonderful for your fans!!! A better 'comeback' than pretty much every other 90's band. It breathes new life and vigor into the solid style that made Suede the harbingers of Britpop. If you boys come to the US, I will be there! Bravo!

Suede

Hate to say it being a huge suede fan but I found this album almost as boring as the last one. Pretty disappointed.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Suede, known as the London Suede in the U.S., kick-started the Brit-pop revolution of the '90s, bringing English indie pop/rock music away from the swirling layers of shoegazing and dance-pop fusions of Madchester, and reinstating such conventions of British pop as mystique and the three-minute single. Before the band had even released a single, the U.K. weekly music press was proclaiming them as the "Best New Band in Britain," but Suede managed to survive their heavy hype due to the songwriting...
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