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They Finally Reached Those Stars...,
This review is from: Bloodsports (Audio CD)
'Bloodsports' was an album that was a couple of years in the making, a concerted effort that was crafted with care and pin-point accuracy by its songwriter, Brett Anderson. However, this calculated approach seems to have paid off. If Brett's main aim was to create an album that could stand shoulder to shoulder with `Dogmanstar' and `Coming Up', then he has undoubtedly succeeded. It will probably take a month of listening before its true standing can be judged, but as far as I'm concerned `Bloodsports' matches those albums pound for pound.
Highlights are; `Snowblind', `Sabotage' 'For The Strangers', and the euphoric `Hit Me' who's opening bars remind me of `New Generation'. The second half of the album is just as carefully calculated, as we enter into the slower, more progressive side of Suede, filled with beautiful stunning ballads like 'Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away' and 'Always'.
I must say that I couldn't review this album without acknowledging Richard Oakes' contribution. His guitar playing on `Head Music' was one of the riding highlights of an otherwise patchy album, but on `Bloodsports' he finally gets to show us his true swagger. There's the classic "brash guitar sound" that dominated `CU' but there is also a new level of sophistication to his playing, even elements of other influences, like The Cure, that creep into tracks like 'Barriers'. It all sits so wonderfully.
Brett is a great songwriter, and my hopes were high with this album. However, this calculated time-managed approach to album making has been more successful than I, or any Suede fan could ever have imagined.
Suede's music has never quite received the acknowledgement it deserves, and with this album you get the feeling there is an attempt that Brett is trying to cement Suede's legacy, and to be honest this couldn't be a better opening to their "second act", and musically, this is the greatest comeback I have ever heard. People who don't like Suede may ask "Who cares?" Well, Suede obviously does, and so do appreciators of great music...and in our minds, that is all that matters.
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Initial post: 23 Mar 2013 18:51:15 GMT
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Red on Black says:
Alonzo - It is good to have Suede back firing on all cylinders. Thanks for the review -Cheers Rob
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