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Bloodsports [VINYL]

Suede Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Suede Ltd
  • ASIN: B00AYCOUY6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Barriers
2. Snowblind
3. It Starts and Ends With You
4. Sabotage
5. For the Strangers
6. Hit Me
7. Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away
8. What Are You Not Telling Me?
9. Always
10. Faultlines

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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new (old) favorite band! 25 Mar 2013
By Claire
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Frankly, I was nervous about this album.

Suede were triumphant at their Brixton gigs last year, but that doesn't necessary mean great new material.
The last two albums before their break up were really not up to their own high standards, so there was a chance that this would be disappointing.

However, I need not have worried as this album is at the same time beautiful and dark, lyrically more open (no pigs, high rises or taxis!) and led from the back by a stomping rhythm section performance ... exactly what a Suede album should be!

`For the Strangers' and `Sometimes I feel I float away' are the stand out tracks for me, but what's great about Bloodsports is that it demands to be listened to as an album, a rarity at the moment, so do yourself a favour and switch off shuffle!

The real test for any Suede material is how it translates live, and if the XFM gig is anything to go by, these songs sound even better with that rawness that live performance brings. Anyone with a ticket to see them at Alexandra Palace should expect to be blown away!

So I have an exciting new favorite band... it just so happens they used to be my old favorite band!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars suede - Bloodsports Vinyl LP quality 12 Aug 2013
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This review is about the quality of the vinyl version, not about the music. This vinyl record has a lovely gatefold design and a very nice big poster. I weighed the vinyl to be a full150g. This could have been a truly good LP record for suede. Unfortunately, the vinyl material is of extremely bad quality with all kinds of irregular black shades and grayscales all over both surfaces. The thick red cardboard innersleeve could have been a nice feature as well, but the inner surface is so coarse that the vinyl surfaces are full of scuff marks. If a band like this is issuing a new album with such nice songs, they should really pay more care and attention into the vinyl record production, and use better grade vinyl materials! Honestly, this is exactly like the lowest budget american reissue that is selling at $12.99. I have never seen any european LP using such a low grade vinyl material.
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By socokev
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just love it.
I loved Suede up until head music.
By that time they had taken on an unnatural electronic, high quality sound that I felt just didn't suit them - too prsitine for a band that sang about the seedier side to british life.
When this album was released I had a listen on spotify (as a subscriber) and listened so often that I knew I had to purchase this. Brilliant from start to finish, this is the classic sound of Suede, except that this isn't suede repeating their first two albums - this is how they should sound, less focussed on the seedy side of love and drugs but definitely losing nothing in the songwriting and sounding a dirty and raw as they always should have
highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suede back to their (almost) best 28 Jun 2013
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I'm one of those annoying people who liked the first three Suede albums and nothing much since. But from the opening bars of anthemic "Barriers" I was back into the band with a vengeance. It's still not quite got the majestic brilliance of tracks like "Trash" or "New Generation" or "Metal Mickey" but hey, it's their best work since Head Music so fans will love it...I think!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than we could have hoped for 9 Jun 2013
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As seems to be a general consensus among reviewers, there was a feeling of trepidation for a reunion album from Suede. For fans of the Bernard Butler-era, the odds were stacked even higher. With hindsight, Coming Up was good but not great, and the two following albums definitely less so, while in the interim, the Butler-led Dog Man Star and self-titled debut, as well as the first disc of Sci-Fi Lullabies became their legacy. One can understand why Richard Oakes might have been reluctant to commit to a reunion if all he was doing is aping his predacessor. Chance was against them - as a rule, reunion albums are by and large terrible, and Suede's legacy had well and truly vanished before they acknowledged this fact and split up in 2002 - but somehow, even among the plaudits rightly thrown at their live comeback gigs, they've exceeded expectations.

Stories of them scrapping a previous album's worth of material in favour of the new songs that make up this record shows a quality control that was absent for the last 13 years, as this album can justifiably stand alongside Dog Man Star as their masterpiece. It's full of punch and attitude in the first half. Barriers is absolutely triumphant, Snowblind even more so - the ghosts of Moving and We Are The Pigs sit alongside the pop immediacy of Trash or Beautiful Ones and create something that's Suede at their most optimistic but also pummelling. The first half of the album keeps up the pace, sounding both classic and modern, but always Suede. Part of the joy of these songs is that it feels like Richard Oakes' ability as a guitarist and songwriter has finally emerged into its own entity; instead of Oakes trying to sound like he's part of Suede, Suede have adapted to fit his sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album, an extraordinary return 10 May 2013
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It was worth waiting 10 years for the return of Suede.
This album is wonderful, powerful, elegant ... the Suede's brand
I just loved
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So Suede!!!
Ok, firstly you need to know that Suede is a weird band :-)

A-side has all the cool pop-rock tunes that are uplifting. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Siggy
4.0 out of 5 stars Suede back
Well done, boys. Great set of songs - new and interesting but with that familiar Suedity. a welcome addition to the discography.
Published 14 months ago by Sean Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars The sound of suede
Quite a few years since I have bought a suede album. certainly not a dissapointment with that same trademark suede sound.
Published 14 months ago by Harvey Bei
4.0 out of 5 stars Suede
Suede back on the form of the mid nineties.....'starts and ends with you ' a classic single for 2013, with the power of their nineties melodies
Published 14 months ago by Alun
3.0 out of 5 stars Faultlines
It always pains me to criticise this band. I was a huge fan from 'Metal Mickey' onwards, snapping up their first four albums as soon as each one came out and ultimately seeing them... Read more
Published 15 months ago by K KITT
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
After years of silence from Suede,after the cruel post Butler Studio albums, they have reunited once again. Read more
Published 15 months ago by futureartist
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
back to doing what suede do best. making absolutely great music. don't get the plaudits that they should puts new music to shame
Published 15 months ago by MARK HOLDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Band with Nine Lives
When I first learned of a new Suede record on their website forum, I took a deep breath and I braced for the worst. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steven C.
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