Monday, January 7th, 2013
Suede. Are. Back.
viinyl.comAnd there it is, the first new Suede song in a decade – since “Attitude”, from their 2003 Singles compilation – and being a bit nervous about hitting “play” is reasonable. Accepting that it won’t be on par with anything from Suede or Dog Man Star – Bernard Butler isn’t back in the fold, and even when he and Brett Anderson do get back together, they can’t recreate that same magic – there’s still the question of if it’ll be more “Trash” or even “Electricity” than “Positivity” (which is to say, great, alright, or terrible).
And I will rank “Barriers” somewhere in-between those first two. Not as immediately exhilarating as “Trash”, but certainly worth a sigh of relief that – if it’s representative of the band’s new material – that Brett Anderson was good as his word that if their recent recording sessions weren’t up to snuff, they wouldn’t be released. Anderson’s lyrics have those old-school decadent Suede allusions, even if they do sound a bit forced, and Fat Richard – whom I promise I will eventually stop calling Fat Richard but not quite yet – offers some solidly Butler-esque whammied guitar-work, but most importantly it’s got some real energy and dramatic sweep to it, to say nothing of a properly big chorus. I think I’ve listened to it more already this morning than I did to “Positivity” ever. Thank you, Suede, for not going ballad-y for your return.
The album – their first in over a decade since 2002’s forgettable A New Morning – will be called Bloodsports and is due out in March. The first official single – which this taste is not – will be called “It Starts And Ends With You” and released next month. I dunno guys, sounds kind of ballad-y.
Brett Anderson talks to NME about the new single and the band’s recorded return.
And while I’m on the topic, could someone please reissue the Suede catalog on vinyl? I was looking at $125 copies of Dog Man Star on eBay yesterday and thinking, “hey that’s not bad”. And then I slapped myself.
MP3: Suede – “Barriers”
Stornoway are streaming the first taste of their second album Tales From Terra Firma, due out March 11.