Eleven years on from their last release, Suede are clearly fighting for something here and they connect with a good few punches on this widescreen affair, which is full of trademark doomed romance numbers and an ambitious sound that frequently goes into lift-off.
recalls the epic wildness of
Dog Man Star
, a propulsive rush of tangled emotions with literary allusions and some considerable bite. The highlight is the single,
– a song that could have fallen off Suede’s 1993 debut album, all skewed power-pop with added lyrical menace.
has a “round up the misfits” feel (familiar Suede territory) but is well executed. At times, towards the end of the album, they do lose a bit of their tight focus, but there’s enough here to convince listeners that Suede retain their bark and bite. suede.co.uk
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