Top critical review
Its okay... a sleeper of an album..
21 April 2007
I had high hopes when my hero from the british music scene was eventually going to release his first solo album. Suede have a back catalogue which none of there peers - oasis, blur and radiohead can compete with. And Dog Man Star is the finest British album ever in my view... the so called slump of new morning, was strange as i thought that was a great album. Then came the tears, and just as before here for me was a fantastic pop record with so many highlights- and with two creatures there was an all time classic. Unfortunatly this record passed with the times, and so we come to this. On first listen i was downhearted, I was hoping for so much more and it just seemed underwhelming. Where were the hooks, the classics which all his previous work had. I went back to it hoping to find something that perhaps i missed and a couple of songs were starting to stick with me, love is dead and song for my father. However now a couple of weeks later i have concluded my initial thoughts were more or less right, but thats not the point- there is something to this album, a spirit or a mood which is interesting. I don't love it and I don't hate it, but I cant ignore it, it intrigues me... so for that reason i give it 3 stars. I would however not write off the chances of this being one of the lost classics of its time and perhaps even a rediscovered gem... i just hope i find the secret to it for me to fall in love with it like so many others have done already.