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Suede - Bloodsports

by Greg Spencer Rating:8 Release Date:2013-03-18

Suede are back, with Bloodsports, they bring with them that same vitality, that same darkness, and that same beauty which Brett Anderson and co delivered throughout the 1990s. A first album in 11 years can be a daunting thing but it never feels like any sort of chore. Far from it, as you listen to the album and the time flies, as though Suede never went away.

Bloodsports proves Suede can still produce amazing music, 'Snowblind' demonstrates Anderson's voice is still as awe-inspiring as it was when the band were in their prime. The guitars glide along and sizzle their way through in that enthralling Nick Cave style which never feels outdated. The majority of the songs on the album are just as engrossing, they have a really delicate quality which makes the album a serious joy to listen to and be captivated by.

'Hit Me' has a real sing-along factor and gives the record vibrancy. These are the sort of songs Suede are best at. As the album progresses there is a sense of it losing steam a little, but really who cares? 'Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away' may be somewhat lacklustre, but there's still real soul in the underbelly of every inch of this record.

For a comeback record, Bloodsports is a triumph. If 'Laughter Lines' doesn't have you in half-tears at least, there's something wrong with you. This album has a bit of everything really, from the upbeat and rockier anthems which will be instant hits with people who embrace the record, to the ballads that will grow on people and remain haunting in that classic Suede way.

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