Rather than roll out the usual Pavlovian drivel of how Suede were nothing after Dog Man Star, I would respectfully disagree - and sympathize with those people who don't get anything out of the post-Butler Suede: your loss.
The two show-stopping songs are "Killing of a Flash Boy" and "Sound of the Streets" (jump your heart out), and the discs are packed with songs of every kind, but mostly intense and personal stuff. Moments like "WSD" (We're So Disco) and "Have you ever been this low" will echo your private thoughts at times...
In conclusion, this album is a wonderful series of personal snapshots, rather than a well-presented portfolio. But you'll grow to love it. And maybe more than the proper albums.
And this isn't the only one. Take your pick - The Killing of a Flashboy, My Dark Star, High Rising, The Big Time, Whipsnade. Absolutely awesome.
The point about editing is well made - you get virtually everything here, including the ordinary Bentswood Boys and Graffiti Women but picking your favourites is always going to be subjective. How would you feel if, in an attempt to strip this album down, they took out one of your favourites. I am still recovering from Life on Mars being excluded from the CD version of Changesbowie all those years ago!
Many scribes have said that Part Two doesn't match Part One and that may ultimately be so. But let us not be in any doubt, there are some incredible songs here too. Young Men is Suede at their swaggering, staggering best. Another No-one is The Living Dead with a happy ending and This Time and Sadie are as anthemic as Suede get.
And he name checks Kate Bush's "And dream of Sheep" in These are the sad songs. That shows class!
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