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Kitchen sink glamour!,
This review is from: Sci-Fi Lullabies (Audio CD)
Suede's first two albums were classics. This double collection of early b-sides undoubtedly deserves the same status.
Suede were pretty unique in the early 90's at a time when music was swamped with indie guitar bands in the mould of Oasis and Blur. Suede had spades of glam savvy, reminiscent of Bowie in the early 70's, but they also had a specialness about them, a type of 'gang mentality' inspiring loyalty in their listeners which had only really been seen previously with The Smiths and their hoards of devoted followers (I was one of them!).
It is fair to say that the essence of classic and vital Suede rested on the talents of singer/lyricist Brett Anderson and guitarist/composer Bernard Butler. Together Anderson and Butler crafted songs which were often epic and grandiose in stature.Andersons lyrics of low life glamour on the streets and in the tower blocks combined with Butler's creative, often breathtaking, guitar pyrotechnics were spellbinding.
When Butler left the partnership Suede's music unfortunately became very formulaic without his creative edge. Sadly after 'Coming up', the bands third album, Anderson's songwriting went the same way.
In retrospect I can see that Suede's creative genius was fully spent on their first three albums and the singles and b-sides which accompanied them. Anderson and Butler never came close to achieving these heights again either solo or when they reunited for the disappointingly bland Tears project.
In my opinion sc-fi lullabies contains Suede's greatest work. It is a seamless chronological compilation of their early b sides with and without Butler. Whilst it is possible to note the quality control beginning to slip on those songs without Butler they are still fantastic tunes in their own right. Songs boosted to brilliance by Anderson`s tales of the gutter/glamour life. The earlier songs, on which Butler co-composed and played, are all magnificent multi layered compositions patiently constructed to perfection.
I have yet to meet anyone who has heard this album and not fallen head over heels in love with it. They really don't come much better than this!
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Initial post: 18 Mar 2013, 12:31:22 GMT
Scarlet Jupiter says:
Absolutely right and spot on. "Sci-fi lullabies" is a modern masterpiece for me (the title alone is superb). When you listen to "Bloosdports", leave a comment here, I'd like to read your opinion. Cheers.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2013, 17:56:06 BST
I have just ordered sci-fi lullabies just now going on all the reviews, i think bloodsports is a superb album.
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