Bloodsports CD (2013)

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Label Ingrooves/fontana
SKU 247713458
UPC 825646474349
UPC 14 00825646474349
Format CD
Release Date 3/19/2013
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Author London Suede
Technical Info
Engineer Paul Suarez; Ed Buller; Paul-Edouard Laurendeau; Andy Hughes
Producer Ed Buller
CatalogID SUECD 001
Lable Name INgrooves
Released 03/18/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 39m : 46s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00825646474349
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Brett Anderson (vocals); Richard Oakes (guitars); Neil Codling (synthesizer); Mat Osman (electric bass); Simon Gilbert (drums).
Audio Mixer: Andy Wallace.
Recording information: Spin Recording Studio, Long Island City, NJ.
Suede didn't so much disband as unravel. Racked by too many indulgences and addictions, the group faded away in the early years of the new millennium, leaving behind a somewhat tarnished conclusion to what was a glorious career. Brett Anderson slowly got himself back on track, first reuniting with original Suede guitarist Bernard Butler for the rather excellent one-shot band the Tears, then carving out a contemplative solo identity where much of the squalor, sex, and grime of Suede was stripped away, leaving behind contemplative pop and broken-hearted ruminations. Eventually, as it came time to repackage and reissue the Brit-pop glory years and the prospect of high-dollar live reunions lurked, there seemed to be one logical next move: to reunite Suede as a going concern. After all, Anderson had quietly honed his craft on those solo albums, but few noticed; Suede gives him the platform he deserves. He seizes that opportunity on Bloodsports, a reunion of the Coming Up lineup lacking any of that record's gleeful, hedonistic trash. Instead, this incarnation of Suede favors the darkly majestic, romantic bent of the Butler era, with a major difference: they've replaced Butler's operatic sweep by proudly sporting the scars of time. Anderson is no longer romanticizing doomed love, he's soldiering on and his fight against the dying light gives Bloodsports an air of optimism underneath its elegant melancholy. Also, it helps that he, guitarist Richard Oakes, and Neil Codling -- a keyboardist who began his stint in the band serving almost as decoration, and has now developed into a valued collaborator, contributing songwriting credits to over half the album -- have constructed an elegantly lean, quietly forceful collection of songs that emphasize how Suede play ballads as if they're anthems and vice-versa. Where Head Music and A New Morning felt fractured and confused, Bloodsports is precise and purposeful. By excising the neon-colored glam that came to define the band in the years after Coming Up, Suede wear their middle age with style. Never once do they sound desperate on Bloodsports; they sound confident, and comfortable in the knowledge that this is where they all should be. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[R]eviving fab guitars....Brett Anderson's falsetto has regained its gaudy swoops..."
Disc 1
1 Barriers
2 Snowblind
3 It Starts and Ends With You
4 Sabotage
5 For the Strangers
6 Hit Me
7 Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away
8 What Are You Not Telling Me?
9 Always
10 Faultlines
Product Attributes
Artist London Suede
Music Format Compact Disc

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