Dog Man Star
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Released in October 1994, Dog Man Star was Suede's second studio album. The album was recorded in London at Master Rock studios in early 1994 and was produced by Ed Buller. It was the last Suede album to feature guitarist Bernard Butler, due to growing tensions between him and singer Brett Anderson ending with Butler leaving the band before the album was completed. Although it did not sell on the same scale as their chart-topping debut, Dog Man Star reached number three on the UK Album Chart and was certified as gold by the BPI in November 1994.
After being declared the "Best New Band In Britain" and having their glam-pop debut album go Gold in a matter of weeks, Suede were under enormous pressure to make their follow-up album just as much of a media event. And in a way, they did--Brett Anderson retreating to his Gothic basement in Highgate and penning half an album's worth of apocalyptic visions; Bernard Butler pulling out an arsenal of ferocious Zeppelin riffery and baroque pedal-stomping before quitting the band three weeks before the album was completed. As a result, parts of Dogmanstar sound half-finished: "We Are The Pigs" is never as great as it thinks it is, and the random bursts of radio transmissions on "The Power" only ever sound like a big Butler-solo-shaped hole. But the grandeur, darkness and totality of Dogmanstar always out-weigh any niggles: "New Generation" would gladden the dead, and "Still Life" is never anything other than ravishing. --Caitlan Moran
Top Customer Reviews
Dog Man Star is truly sensational. When one compares this effort to what immediately preceded and proceeded it (in Britain at least), nothing else compares with the over-produced, orchestral bombast (notably on Still Life), the claustraphobic intensity (The Two of Us), and brooding menace(Asphalt World) which it exudes. A tip: listen to the latter track whilst driving around a hole of a town, perhaps Weston Super Mare, very late at night. You might have to lock the doors and windows of your car and/or not stop at traffic lights, but it is worth it in order to soak up the seedy atmosphere of low-rent, burnt-out, drug-frazzled 'glam'. It works best if your car is a shitty old Ford (either an Escort or a Probe for apt comedy value).
The Asphalt World aside, the rest of the album, as another reviewer mentioned, is best heard through headphones on a Discman turned up to a level not entirely healthy for one's ears. Even if you do go deaf as a result, chances are there's nothing much worth listening to after having sat through Suede's sophomore set.
While it would be thoroughly misleading to say that the album is one of light and shade (it is unrelentingly bleak), it is characterised by a variety of different styles. Unlike, say, Coldplay, who have two modes (1.bland, and 2.paint-dryingingly, fist-eatingingly, nondescript vapidity), Suede run the gamut from up-tempo glam-rocking in New Generation, through fuzz-guitar-enhanced Smithsian janglepop (Heroine), ending up with the overblown chamber music of Still Life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 3 months ago by HAN XIAO
Really Good as you would expect from Suede's excellent 3 disc presentation (one is a DVD) setPublished 4 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 4 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 4 months ago by Calders
An excellent compilation and a great way to revisit a key musical moment whether a Suede fan or just a music fanPublished 10 months ago by billk