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  • Audio CD (18 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suede Ltd
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sixth studio album by English alternative rock band, featuring the single 'It Starts and Ends With You'. The band's first album of new material since 2002's 'A New Morning', the record has received critical acclaim, debuting in the UK Albums Chart at #10.

BBC Review

The last time as much was at stake on a Suede album as Bloodsports, it was 1996, they’d just sacked guitarist Bernard Butler and critics dismissed the beleaguered band as overhyped or just plain over.

The result was the glittering Coming Up, the band’s revenge, commercial apogee and – unknown to everyone – the beginning of a long, drawn-out decline. That decline culminated in 2002’s listless A New Morning, unloved by critics, fans and public alike, and leading to a merciful split.

Fans were delighted by the band’s live reunion in 2010, but more divided over news that the band had returned to the studio. Would a sixth record further illustrate the law of diminishing returns which saw Suede plummet from the swaggering beauty of their first three records to the confused inconsistency of their final two? Or might it restore their reputation?

Well, Suede’s notoriously rabid fanbase – and the band, no doubt – can relax. If Bloodsports can’t quite match the bloody passion of their debut or the vaulting beauty of their masterpiece, Dog Man Star, it easily bests its two patchy predecessors.

Singer Brett Anderson has described the record as a cross between Dog Man Star and Coming Up, but Bloodsports is actually its own beast.

While it occasionally wanders into the same epic territory as Dog Man Star (notably on the dark, squalling storm of Sabotage and the sombre ballad Faultlines) and sometimes echoes the punchy catchiness of Coming Up (the brutishly effective It Starts and Ends With You and the stadium-sized Hit Me), it’s the band’s most organic, raw and unselfconscious record to date.

It also finds Suede exploring new sonic territory, something unexpected at this late stage in their career. For the Strangers is sweet and simple, not words normally associated with the band, its subtle but sure melody slowly building to a big warm hug of a chorus.

At the other end of the emotional spectrum lies What Are You Not Telling Me?, a stark and spooked piano ballad which blossoms into a desperately sad chorus. There are lesser moments, too, particularly the unmemorable Always, and Bloodsports plays it too safe to restore the band to the vanguard of British pop.

But it’s a fine Suede record, a passionate and seductive creature which reminds us of how distinctive and dynamic this most underestimated band can be. And that is a little miracle in itself.

--Jaime Gill

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
One is, of course, always very wary (and sometimes surprised) when a favoured band decides to reform, particularly in Suede's case, as Mr Anderson had repeatedly stated there was no such intention, even after having gone some way down the route first with Bernard Butler (via the excellent Tears album in 2005) and then with Suede's 2010 reunion gigs. The pleasant surprise for me is that Bloodsports quite frankly (significantly) exceeds my expectations and whilst (for me) not ranking with the band's classic first three albums, or attaining quite the level of brilliance of Dexy's re-emergence last year (after a near 30-year absence), is still a very respectable piece of work (and one that continues to grow with each listen).

That is not to say that there isn't a good deal of variation in the quality of the songs here, but at its best Bloodsports provides moments to compare with the band's absolute peak. I'll put my cards on the table up front by saying that from the moment I first heard Richard Oakes' guitar intro, followed by Anderson's beautifully fragile vocal lead-in to For The Strangers I knew it was something special (in fact, I still can't think of a melody more sublime in the band's body of work....Still Life, My Dark Star, Breakdown, The Chemistry Between Us included). Other standouts for me include album opener Barriers, whose hook is impossible to banish from my mind and whose similarity to The Killers (as pointed out by my other half) I would contend is more about the Las Vegans have taken their inspiration from the Brits (rather than the other way round) and closer, the exquisitely positive Faultlines, which demonstrates that (in the studio, at least) Anderson's vocal delivery has lost none of its power.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Christine Duffield on 1 April 2013
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This review will be heavily biased, as Suede has always been my favourite band. However, rather than try to quantify the quality of Bloodsports compared to other artists, I will compare it to Suede's previous output.

A part of me can still hardly believe that I am listening to a new Suede album in 2013, and one that sounds exactly like they did in the mid-90s - fresh, together, catchy. Quite a few of the songs remind me sonically of the Coming Up B-sides which populated a large part of Sci-Fi Lullabies. There is thankfully no trace of the sound experimentation which ruined most of Head Music. Suede are back to being a guitar-driven band, as they should be.

At the risk of being controversial, I must admit I was never too fond of Coming Up. It was too slick and polished, too many radio-perfect pop songs, and Brett's vocal was twisted to be flat and tinny. (I'm not alone in thinking so; the vocal was altered in the version of "Trash" which appeared on the Singles release.) Rather than the album tracks, I thought the true beauty of Coming Up was hidden in its B-sides.

Being even more controversial, I actually liked A New Morning. It was simpler and cleaner than Head Music and had some lovely ballads. It was perhaps TOO simple for many fans, but I saw it as an emergence from the drug-fuelled decline.

Then there's The Tears and Brett Anderson's solo output, which inevitably sounds a lot like Suede, although in a low-key mode. It's mostly excellent and I can highly recommend it, particularly the later releases Slow Attack (2009) and Black Rainbows (2011).

So where does Bloodsports fit into this? It's a mature album, with both upbeat pop songs and deeper, more introverted songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Stuart on 19 Mar. 2013
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Didn't really take to the album at first, but after a few listens and you find the old Suede kicking back into form big style.

It's great to see the band listening to the fans again, they had no choice after A New Morning which peeved a lot of Suede fans off.

You can tell that a hell of a lot of effort has been put into this album, with some teasing licks on guitar, solid pumping bass and quality drumming, Brett's voice is also much better and less vulnerable, it's stronger compared to the likes of A New Morning, Head Music etc.

The order of the songs is bizarre, but I believe they've chosen the upbeat songs first and the slower songs towards the end to parallel a relationship, upbeat to begin with and then nagging and divorce settlements at the end :-) ok maybe not!?

The only thing I don't like about the album is the mastering, it's too "loud" and Brett's voice clarity isn't always there and as a result you can' tell what's being sang....not a biggie, just an observation.

Overall a great return to form from a band I quite frankly, thought had died a long time ago....welcome back!!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alonzo Mosely on 18 Mar. 2013
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'Bloodsports' was an album that was a couple of years in the making, a concerted effort that was crafted with care and pin-point accuracy by its songwriter, Brett Anderson. However, this calculated approach seems to have paid off. If Brett's main aim was to create an album that could stand shoulder to shoulder with `Dogmanstar' and `Coming Up', then he has undoubtedly succeeded. It will probably take a month of listening before its true standing can be judged, but as far as I'm concerned `Bloodsports' matches those albums pound for pound.

Highlights are; `Snowblind', `Sabotage' 'For The Strangers', and the euphoric `Hit Me' who's opening bars remind me of `New Generation'. The second half of the album is just as carefully calculated, as we enter into the slower, more progressive side of Suede, filled with beautiful stunning ballads like 'Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away' and 'Always'.

I must say that I couldn't review this album without acknowledging Richard Oakes' contribution. His guitar playing on `Head Music' was one of the riding highlights of an otherwise patchy album, but on `Bloodsports' he finally gets to show us his true swagger. There's the classic "brash guitar sound" that dominated `CU' but there is also a new level of sophistication to his playing, even elements of other influences, like The Cure, that creep into tracks like 'Barriers'. It all sits so wonderfully.

Brett is a great songwriter, and my hopes were high with this album. However, this calculated time-managed approach to album making has been more successful than I, or any Suede fan could ever have imagined.
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