Suede – 'Bloodsports' album review

Brett Anderson and company return with a mainline fix of sleazy and ruinous London glamour

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Suede – 'Bloodsports'

  • Rated as: 4/5

While most hailed Suede as the sordid saviours of British indie after emerging in 1992, some just wrote them off as glam hams with a Bowie fixation. True, they’re back only weeks after ‘the guvnor’, but even the bitterest cynic would admit they’ve defined themselves rather well. ‘Bloodsports’ is a great album and a defiant reminder of their consistency. Unblemished by pointless excursions into stadium rock or pop, Brett Anderson’s band remain what they always were: a mainline fix of sleazy and ruinous London glamour. While the album progresses from the bombastic guitar crunch of opening songs like ‘Snowblind’, to the deeper melancholia of ‘Faultlines’, Suede only briefly show their age on the slightly drivetime decadence of ‘Barriers’. Thankfully, they’re still able to sound as good in an indie club as they are in a Mazda on the North Circular.


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