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!