- Audio CD (12 Aug. 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nude
- ASIN: B000026EV6
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CD -EAN 5099747781124-NUDE-1994
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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Like it or not, there were two Suedes and this release represents the peak of the first - an extraordinary, self-contained suite of darkly glamorous, dislocated torch songs for a post-everything universe. It's important to remind 2011 of exactly how ambitious and isolated Suede were in 1994 - against a backdrop of chirpy indie-pop and stadium-eyeing mundanity, they created an album so audibly crepuscular that the group's fracture was immediately understandable on the first listen. Brett Anderson's lyrics are amongst his best - whilst they are certainly dystopian and, in places, all too redolent of 4am substance psychosis (the creepy, immersive "Daddy's Speeding"), they are playful ("Introducing The Band") and truly soulful - "The Wild Ones" is so strikingly compassionate as to instantly render virtually all their supposed contemporaries hackneyed and lame. Bernard Butler's dilemma is laid particularly bare on this new edition - the previously unheard longer versions of "The Wild Ones" and "The Asphalt World" show him at his most indulgent and his most thrillingly expressive respectively. The fact that the dirty glam thrash of "This Hollywood Life" and the tragic, lonely piano ballad "The 2 of Us" sit side by side on this album is a perfect illustration of the scope and talent these writers possessed together.Read more ›
There were probably only four major Britpop bands during the genre's mid 90's explosion, but dozens and dozens of lesser lights trailing in their wake (in this respect it was somewhat like punk); these four were Oasis, Blur, Pulp and Suede. Suede were the first of these, although it's perhaps an exaggeration to say that they invented the genre as it would have happened anyway. Blur and Oasis broke through within a few months of Suede's first album, whilst Pulp had been around in one form or another for many years predating all the others and had released some records, although they remained unknown until Britpop. However despite this Suede are acknowledged as the first Britpop band and for me they were always probably the most interesting of the big four. It cannot be denied however that they declined commercially extremely quickly and were superseded by Blur and especially by Oasis. Suede's Singles collection released in 2003 after the band had split didn't even make the top thirty (although I don't think Pulp's Greatest Hits released around the same time fared much better), whilst nowadays it's impossible to virtually give their albums away. I should know as no one seems to want to even offer 10p for the original releases of their final two albums which I have been trying to offload having bought these new editions.
Anyone with any interest in Suede will have heard the music on the original albums so it is perhaps sensible to concentrate mainly on the extra material included in these reissues. However before doing so I would make a few comments about the albums themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a Great LP this second albumb from Suede, excelent tracks as "Introducing the Band", "Heroine", "The Asfalt World", "We Are The Pigs", and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J.M.González
Suede's 2nd studio album, released in 1994, is another superb collection of 12 songs including 3 catchy singles ('We Are The Pigs', 'The Wild Ones' and 'New Generation) as well as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Prog Rob
Hailed as one of the greatest British albums of all time, SUEDE's DOG MAN STAR finally comes to VINYL, and it's a breath-taking experience even for old listeners like us. Read morePublished 13 months ago by HAN XIAO
Really Good as you would expect from Suede's excellent 3 disc presentation (one is a DVD) setPublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can't even say this album is usual from the first time I listened to it. But if I must compare the deluxe version with the original first issued, I must be able to choose the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Smart Bedjo
A truly stunning box. Several other labels have put out so called 'super deluxe' sets , but often fall short. This release is superb. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Calders