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on 22 February 2005
It is the early 90s. Even your idiot brother likes Nirvana. Your check shirt feels like a hairshirt and you deserve it. You and your generation seem to have thrown your lot in with unseemly American slacker angst; a desperate abrogation of youth and desire. Then this...
It is impossible to overstate the beauty and inspiration that this record brought us. An extraordinary misfit singer, yelping and swooning over sordid tales of drugs, sex and ennui wrapped in a suburban concrete overcoat. A phenomenal guitarist, trilling and hammering a clutch of instantly world-class riffs. A band to match.
You will have heard all about Britpop oasis blah blah blur. This is the one that mattered. The elements that would later teeter to cliche - the 'beautiful loser' lyrics, the glamorama, the seediness - are embodied most memorably in three crunching singles - Animal Nitrate, The Drowners, Metal Mickey. Then there are the 'keepers' - Sleeping Pills, Pantomime Horse and the aching melody of the Next Life. Like a call to arms to the emotionally dispossessed this album not only put a stiletto heel into the notion that there were no great bands anymore, but also exuded the kind of self-conscious Britishness that pre-figured the vibrant Britpop era.
Of course there were choppier (and poppier) waters ahead, with the departure of guitarist Bernard Butler, the re-birth of Coming Up, the lapses into semi-parody. But set against the context of today's drab indie-rock, Suede seems like a glorious vindiction of brutal, confused youth and the redemptive power of brilliant music: despite all the stardust and glitterballs there can be nothing more humane and honest than that.
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on 17 December 2005
12 years on and suede's fantastic debut album still sounds like the most exciting record i've ever heard.so young, animal nitrate, the drowners,metal mickey...those were the days.who have we got to get excited about now? coldplay and embrace, oh please.music is so bland nowadays, not to mention safe.when i first saw animal nitrate on mtv i was a fifteen year old brought up on a diet of bryan adams, madonna and cheesy dance tunes.seeing brett anderson mincing it up and bernard butler throwing those guitar shapes changed my musical taste overnight and nothing was ever the same.suede were THE greatest band not just of the nineties but in my opinion ALL time.their first three albums are classics and while they may have lost their way with head music and a new morning they have done enough to go down as the best band of their generation.forget oasis, forget radiohead, if you haven't bought a suede album buy all of them now it'll change your life!
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on 17 April 2013
Excellent debut by possibly the definitive British band of the 90's and remastered with great quality. My only gripe are the bonus tracks, because it takes away some what from the album's original closer, the ethereally beautiful 'Next Life' one of the most touching songs ever created. There are many such ballads all over this album, marking Suede's trademark theatrical beauty from the start, particularly with the double barrel of Sleeping Pills and Breakdown, although their beauty is best captured on the dark, mesmerizing Pantomime Horse, which is somewhat reminiscent in structure to 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' by the Smiths.

There are several other little nods to the noted band also, particularly on the opening track, with it's opening drum solo and piano break recalling 'Reel Around the Fountain,' the opening song on The Smiths debut. But Suede use their influences subtlety and both the music and lyrics are entirely the bands own, with only little nods to their influences in their overall aesthetic.

Aside from ballads, there are some rockers like the excellent, 'Metal Mickey' and the classic single, 'Animal Nitrate.' Suede prove themselves capable of several different sounds both musically and vocally, with Anderson's voice leaping from deep baritone to falsetto with great ease and finesse. His voice is quite unique and perhaps rather grating or difficult to enjoy for some, but perseverance will put an end to that.
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on 18 November 2003
This is the best Suede album by far, if you haven't heard anything by Suede, you've really missed out because they are one of the best bands of the Brit-Pop era. Along side others such as Elastica, Blur, Oasis, Stone roses, the Happy Mondays and others, Suede should definitely be in the top ten of Brit-Pop bands. This album, although not containing classics such as Beautiful ones, Electricity and Attitude, contains many great tracks. It is extremely good and I highly recommend it, however, if you're looking for the best Suede tracks, I would even higher recommend the Singles.
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on 30 November 2001
Wow Wow Wow!! This album is a truly great achievement both musically and lyrically. Right the way up from the beautiful electo-effect drums, the erect bass-line, the ingenious guitar and of course the intensely stimulating voice of Brett Anderson which floats over the music like rolling waves over a scrap heap of neon lights. Some epic songs, some great songs, nothing is left wanting after the very first listen. It is also a grower. Buy it. Go on. You will thank me for it. I promise.
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on 6 June 2011
Ok...

So, NOT ONLY do you get the classic 1st Suede album REMASTERED (much clearer, detailed sounding), but you get ALL the demos and rare, unreleased songs from this period.

PLUS, you get a bonus DVD with the very rare "Love & Poison" (personally, one of my favorite performances EVER) in perfect DVD quality + a gig in Sheffield from 1993 + an interview from 2011 with Brett & Bernard discussing/being interviewed about the album.

Buy this.
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on 7 July 2014
Alongside the Manic Street Preachers, Suede were one of the more underexposed and underrated bands from the Britpop movement of the 90s when lined up alongside Blur and Oasis. However, their sound has always had a dark quality to it that many of their contemporaries lacked, blending the glam androgyny of Bowie with the morose sound of The Smiths. Their self-titled debut remains my favourite album by them (though Dog Man Star comes close) and an impressive start to the band's career. Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler really deliver on this album and can really be considered the successors to Morrissey and Johnny Marr. Anderson's vocals have this eerie ethereal quality to them and also have that theatrical Bowie tone to them which works on slower songs like 'Pantomime Horse' and 'Sleeping Pills' whilst Butler produces some killer punkish riffs on 'Animal Nitrate', 'Metal Mickey' and 'Animal Lover'. This album is pure emotion and eclecticism and definitely one of the best albums of the genre.
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on 2 February 2000
....This is a stunning debut, streets ahead of the paltry fare that Suede have offered us since Bernard Butler (their original guitarist) left. Songs of the quality of 'Animal Nitrate', 'The Drowners' and especially 'Metal Mickey' are rarely found nowadays, let alone together on a single album; don't pass up the opportunity. While not quite up to the standard of their masterpiece 'Dog Man Star', 'Suede' is another classic, pairing Butler's guitar heroics and Anderson's wild voice to brilliant effect. This album won the Mercury Music Prize in 1993, and thoroughly deserved it.
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on 22 December 2004
The pairing of brett anderson and bernard butler produced suede's only truly great albums, this and dog man star are some of the most beautiful work to come out of the much maligned britpop period. For me the standout track here is "the next life" which still takes my breath away 11 years later. A gem and i can't believe no one else loved it enough to put up a review
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VINE VOICEon 24 August 2007
For a brief period of time in 1992 and 1993 it looked like Suede were going to conquer the world, a prospect brought about solely on the basis of this album. And what an album it is. It sounds like the record The Smiths would have made were they relocated to Essex, forced to listen to Bowie and T-Rex for a year and locked in a porn shop with access to nothing but skin mags and poppers. It's gloriously sleezy and it just romps along from the brash opening chords of 'So Young' to the haunting final echoes of 'Next Life'.

At the time, pretty much everyone ditched this album as soon as 'Dog Man Star' came out - I'm not sure whether that record has stood the test of time as well as this one. I certainly don't think they ever matched the sheer energy and glamour of their debut. It still stands up now and is definitely one for the collection. If you want to call yourself a muso, you HAVE to own 'Suede'.
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