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Dog Man Star

SUEDE Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nude
  • ASIN: B000026EV6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introducing the Band
2. We Are the Pigs
3. Heroine
4. The Wild Ones
5. Daddy's Speeding
6. The Power
7. New Generation
8. This Hollywood Life
9. The 2 of Us
10. Black Or Blue
11. The Asphalt World
12. Still Life

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BBC Review

After the party - the hangover: One year on from the louche-but-rocking debut, Suede had begun to irrevocably fracture at their very core. Luckily, out of such travails are great works of art born.

By this point the chemistry (in all senses) was becoming a little strained. Retreating into a drug-assisted solitude, Brett Anderson's lyrics were less concerned with the politics of modern love and more with the effects of the morning after. Solitude, paranoia and self-loathing were the themes here. When he sings 'If you stay we'll be the wild ones!' it's with a quiet desperation that's clinging to a lifestyle that's gone horribly wrong.

The downbeat mood pervades everything here. Even on peppier rockers like 'The Hollywood Life' or 'New Generation' the guitars of Bernard Butler here sound more spiteful, suffused with a vicious metallic edge. It was here that they formerly parted from the Britpop pack as well ('I don't care for the UK tonight' sings Brett on 'Black And Blue').

At the heart of this album is the real-life drama of Anderson's and Butler's increasing alienation. Before the album had even been mixed the pair, once touted as a Lennon and McCartney for the post-E generation, had split. Butler subsequently told of how he turned up to the studio one day to find all his equipment outside the locked door.

Yet, while Dog Man Star stands as a testament to the destructive power of thrill-seeking love and ego-bloating drugs it remains a far deeper and sonically adventurous ride than its predecessor. There's still a huge dollop of Scott Walker-meets-Bowie-in-the-streets-of-Soho-at-5-in-the-morning archness that can grate. And Anderson's melodrama can be slightly over-egged on tracks like 'The 2 Of Us', yet with its reverb-drenched lushness and fabulously melancholy audio verite ambience (virtually every track is prefaced by or marbled with some low-key moodiness that recalls Talk Talk's golden period) it's an album that continues to fascinate and reward: It's possibly their least dated work.

While the band struggled heroically (and succeeded) to consolidate their success after Butler's departure the legend of the band's lost potential really stems from Dog Man Star. Never had misery sounded so alluring, reaching out to all the lonely urbanites that ever woke up alone. For this alone it remains timeless. --Chris Jones

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Like Suede On Acid... 27 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
One can only wonder what Suede would have go on to achieve if Anderson andButler had not fallen out. The debut and this spectral masterpiece of analbum could easily stand up to any bands first two albums ever, TheBeatles and The Smiths included. Dog Man Star is very much a winter album.Lyrically it is a very paranoid, reclusive piece. It is alleged that Brettlocked himself in his flat in the middle of nowhere with a mountain ofL.S.D. to write it. Bernard's guitar work is incredibly atmospheric anddense, particularly on the near-ten minute Asphalt World the final cut ofwhich upset him due to it's severe edit! God knows what the demos musthave sounded like. By a mile suede's finest album, it is an undeniablyEnglish work, Syd Barrett, Julian Cope, Kate Bush, and yes, Bowie and theSmiths are all in there somewhere. There are a few up beat glam-stompers,New Generation being the best up-beat number, but most of the set isdrug-addled and claustrophobic. Daddy's Speeding is the oddest track, afeedback entrenched eno-style piece about James Dean that eventuallycollapses under it's own weight. The opener Introducing the Band couldalmost be off Piper At The Gates Of Dawn and Heroine surely IS a DavidBowie song. The reason Dog Man Star is such a work of genius though, isthe last four tracks. Roughly 25 minutes of music that is so enormous thatif Brett and Bernard had stayed together, they would have probably landedon the moon. The 2 Of Us is a dark, sparse romantic ballad written about apossibly imaginary lover, Black or Blue is another drug track which couldbe out of a particularly creepy West End musical, The Asphalt World iscolossal and features Butler's best ever guitar work and closer Still Lifeis the last track because it simply can't be followed, so vast andglorious is the orchestral outro. Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album of the 90's 9 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
An album of great depth and lyrical beauty. Dog Man Star is a masterpiece from one of the most overlooked bands of the 90’s. Open the blinds in your mind and indulge in one hell of a ride. The first half of the album posseses the more straight forward rock numbers reminiscent of their debut but better (We Are The Pigs, Heroine, New Generation), interspersed with some truly innovative songs such as the opener Introducing the Band and the eerie Daddies Speeding. The Wild Ones is a more straight forward romantic pop song with a truly memorable melody. DMS is an incredibly adventurous record that oozes with possibility, and has terrific depth…there’s so much going on and like all classics it will keep you interested for years. The piano led The 2 of Us has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded and makes Coldplays The Scientist seem shallow, some achievement!(My favourite lyric: the snow might fall and write the names on the silent page). The epic The Asphalt World and its unique structure propel the album into the stratosphere and the closing track Still Life is one of the great album endings. There are no weak songs on this album.
I think most people remember Suede for their later more poppy stuff, but to me they became a different band after this album and not nearly as good. Anderson and Butler are one of the all time great song writing partnerships and Dog Man Star is a very special album. It takes a few listens to realise its real power but this is a trademark of many great albums. I urge people to listen to this forgotten album and to remind themselves how great British music can be.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
By Matt
Format:Audio CD
...and Johnny Marr pops around for a spot of tea.By the sounds of things they weren't just drinking tea...
Dog Man Star is truly sensational. When one compares this effort to what immediately preceded and proceeded it (in Britain at least), nothing else compares with the over-produced, orchestral bombast (notably on Still Life), the claustraphobic intensity (The Two of Us), and brooding menace(Asphalt World) which it exudes. A tip: listen to the latter track whilst driving around a hole of a town, perhaps Weston Super Mare, very late at night. You might have to lock the doors and windows of your car and/or not stop at traffic lights, but it is worth it in order to soak up the seedy atmosphere of low-rent, burnt-out, drug-frazzled 'glam'. It works best if your car is a shitty old Ford (either an Escort or a Probe for apt comedy value).
The Asphalt World aside, the rest of the album, as another reviewer mentioned, is best heard through headphones on a Discman turned up to a level not entirely healthy for one's ears. Even if you do go deaf as a result, chances are there's nothing much worth listening to after having sat through Suede's sophomore set.
While it would be thoroughly misleading to say that the album is one of light and shade (it is unrelentingly bleak), it is characterised by a variety of different styles. Unlike, say, Coldplay, who have two modes (1.bland, and 2.paint-dryingingly, fist-eatingingly, nondescript vapidity), Suede run the gamut from up-tempo glam-rocking in New Generation, through fuzz-guitar-enhanced Smithsian janglepop (Heroine), ending up with the overblown chamber music of Still Life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ok!!!!!!!!! ...
ok !!!!!!!!!!
Published 25 days ago by adamski741
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
A bit of a trip down memory lane with this purchase. Suede were brilliant and this album captures them with a mix of sounds.
Published 29 days ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed this!
Love vinyl and this is an excellent addition to my collection will keep looking for more new records as you are quite cheap
Published 4 months ago by russ how
3.0 out of 5 stars A disapointing follow up
It sounds like Suede but it is halfhearted. There are attempts at recreating those memorable sounds and vibes of the first album but then it seems as though they couldn't be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marty d'Wonderful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece!
This is perhaps the last masterpiece by Suede before they shunned their arty flavor in favor of a glam-trashy sound which dominated their subsequent work up until their recent... Read more
Published 15 months ago by JJKelsall
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Recommend this for any Suede fan a true classic from an iconic band. Brilliant album from a brilliant band. Listen
Published 18 months ago by Alastair Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Still ahead of its time
This is an astonishing debut, and it remains one of the best albums I've ever heard. Yes they might have become shadows of their former selves, and yes the later drama threatened... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Board Game Guru
4.0 out of 5 stars Introducing The Band...Again!!!!.....
This is an amazing re-issue of an amazing cd from one of my favourite bands...I am thrilled to be able to get the b-sides and demo recordings as well... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2011 by David Tiberi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for newbies, but ....
Having finally managed to absorb all five of these deluxe re-releases I can now review each of them. Read more
Published on 15 July 2011 by D. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes truly, the greatest album of the 90's. Masterpiece.
We all know about the albums Blur, Oasis and Pulp put out but it was Suede that created the defining record of the 1990's. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2011 by Peter Fisher
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