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on 18 June 2004
Is there a singer with a more distinctive voice than Brett Anderson? This was the album that really brought Suede back to the attention of the UK public. As part of a generation that was not fully aware of this group, I am so very grateful that this album was released.
The first track is Trash, a song that is as identifiable as they come, and for me any song that contains the word 'kookiness' without trying too hard must be a winner, the vocals are superb whilst the lyrics perhaps have a hidden meaning, but are very poppy and catchy. This is continued with the next song 'Filmstar'; another offering that showcases Anderson's wonderfully different and compelling voice.
The highlight of the album has to be the relaxed and distinctive 'By The Sea', a very different sound to most of the tracks on this album, but just as recognisable as being Suede, and I would be surprised if anybody hated this song - a great track.
The other songs worth mentioning are the uplifting 'Beautiful Ones', again made into a great song with the vocals, but upon listening to the lyrics it can be perceived as quite a dark song - that was my understanding anyway. It was released, and unquestionably a hit for the group - and perhaps the anthem of this album. Whilst 'Picnic by the Motorway' again shows a different perspective of the group and is unconventional, a brilliant track.
A brilliant album to re-introduce this group to a new audience, never have I been so impressed to buy a back catalogue based on one album - but this did it for me. Superb.