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Dog Man Star

Suede

1994

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Dog Man Star

Rating

3.06

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5

Honestly didn't know what to expect but walked away really enjoying this. Very Bowie, very early-era R.E.M., pretty gorgeous in places. Dramatic, but has the chops to back it up. Favorite tracks: "Heroine", "This Hollywood Life", "The Asphalt World"

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4

I actually really enjoyed this? Not a single song I disliked on the record, but not quite hitting the 5-star mark YET.

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4

A dark and melancholy album. Some of the guitar work really shines. Some good songs and heavily influenced by Bowie(which is present in almost every song, which is good but for me fails to capture anything new or define their own sound).

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4

Melodramatic and very ambitious.

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4

This is great. Definitely need to listen to more of this band. It’s interesting to me that the 90s were still a time where a band could be popular in England but not really endure in the US.

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4

A great, ambitious album. The guitar work is intricate, the songs are beautiful and diverse and full of pathos (don't ask me to explain). I can't give it 5 stars due to Still Life being fairly dull.

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Man this is a tough one for me. I mean if you put it on I wouldn't necessarily protest but there are things about it that irk me throughout. For example the singing, which is often the make or break it factor, I find right on the edge of tolerable. But the music has just enough inventiveness and interesting touches to bring it back up a notch again somehow. It is such downer of a record though, I know I would never intentionally choose to play it.

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3

I would have given this a lower score without 3 listens (on YouTube while reading comments about the life-changing impact of each song). Bowie influenced vocals and very different sound to other Brit bands of the day. I like the start of the album but it becomes too ballad heavy for me. Lyrics seem smaltzty, then I read about the William Blake and Lord Byron references in them so WTF do I know?

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3

I don't know this band. It's a good listen. The tempo switches gears a lot as guitar volumes are turned up, down and off and go from rock and roll style to a more mysterious and cryptic Robert Fripp like style. The distinctive Bowie like voice keeps continuity throughout the gyrations. I like the album cover. OK, first and last time I ever say I like a photo of a guy's arse. The photo really captures the tone of the album. I guess this is what some folks were listening to while I was listening to Nirvana in the 90s. Hey we all did what he had to do to escape CHUM.

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Just okay...Nothing memorable to me.

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5

5 sin dudarlo.

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5

Grandiose, glam, beautiful guitars and vocals. Peak Suede

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5

THIS ROCKS!!!! I already downloaded a few songs on apple music

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5

uno de los discos más hermosos de la vida

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5

Even though it gets a little complicated in the second half, it’s still incredibly strong. 1st half of the album is enough to give it 5 stars on its own

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5

Solid 5. It’s up there amongst the best Britpop albums, and certainly Suedes very best. Takes me back to my youth!

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5

This album should be in any Britpop album top 5, together with Coming Up, Now I'm A Cowboy, His 'n' Hers and Different Class.

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5

I will always remember the exact moment i first saw Suede. 93 Brit awards. I was 14. Absolutely blew my mind (and my hormones!). People forget how much they 'blew the bloody doors' off and were a breath of fresh air. Love them. Love this album.

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4

I like music

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4

its decent, reminds of a more dark and more rocky david bowie

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4

Good album at the time, still sounds good. Drama queen tastic.

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Ehkä se vähiten hittilevy eräältä nuoruuden suosikkibändeistäni. Tästä syytä myös luultavasti itselleni etäisimmäksi jäänyt levy, kun nuoruudessa tarttuvat kertsit oli enemmän se juttu kuin taiteellisuus. Vaikkei tämä edelleenkään kuulu ihan Sueden lemppareihini, niin kyllähän tämä on todella hyvä levy. Esim. We Are The Pigs, New Generation, The Wild Ones, The 2 Of Us ovat aivan timanttia. Toki myös heikompia esityksiä löytyy erityisesti levyn loppupuolelta. Kokonaisuutena debyytti ja Coming Up ovat selvästi parempia, ehkä jopa vitosen arvoisia levyjä. Tämä saa tyytyä neloseen.

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4

Not at all familiar with this band, but liking them a couple songs in. Yeah, definitely liking this. "Black or Blue" and "Still Life" stuck out on first listen. They have the emotional thing going on that some 80's bands have, but it seems darker and more unhinged. Finding the sound intriguing, and unique.

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4

The first track sort of turned me off, but then I liked the rest of them. I would listen to more of them.

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Wonderful Alt-Rock.

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Super Album

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4

Good one, long but it holds

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4

Me gustó mucho, aunque hay una mezcla de canciones buenísimas con otras medio meh. Creo que tiene un inicio genial y de repente también hay algo de teatralidad (?) tipo Queen, sentí. Me gustaron sobre todo "The Power", "New Generation" y "The Asphalt World". 9/10

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4

Seems like the Smiths but more 90s so I'll give it the same score I did the Smiths.

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4

Pues no, como que yo ando muy gruñón y como que me dio hueva este disco.

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4

I liked the music, would have liked it better if they didn't mumble so many of the lyrics

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Loved it

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4

thick and gritty rock. variegated instrumentation and more of those British rock vocals that this list seems to really like.

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4

A real classic 9/10

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4

good consistent album - goes on for a bit too long but each song is decent like a more? depressed david bowie

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4

Superb album. Great band

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4

I like this album a lot. Even though some tracks are quite long lasting, they don't get tedious. Reminds me of good quality doomer music.

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4

well instrumented, unique, and catchy.

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4

Not bad

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4

I've never heard of this group before. I thought the album itself was pretty solid. Standouts for me were, the wild ones, new generation, we are the pigs, and heroine.

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4

Not something I ever would have listened to but what a brash style. I found it to be well paced and very unique. It has a confidence and a strength to its lyrics and beats

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Pretty solid Sound. (6/10) Favorite Tracks: We are the Pigs, The 2 of us, Still life

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genuinely enjoyed this - such a nice change for 1994. glad to have encountered it

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I liked it very much. T

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Sounded good today played loud. Voice is pretty unique and not always what you want

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4

a bit too long. some good songs 3.7

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I enjoyed it I don’t remember if I finished it though.

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4

Не зацепил

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4

Very good

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Karl-Ove vibes!

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4

A huge album, grandiose in scope and ambition, but it manages to pull it off quite capably. It may come off as a tad pretentious, but it's held together by the fact that it just works so well: the sound is ethereal and dreamy while the lyrics sing about dark realities and the juxtaposition just feels right.

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4

Interesante disco, con una gran voz y suaves melodías muy bien acompañadas. Brit-pop total.

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A very worthwhile trip back to britpop. When it’s overdramatic it’s at its best.

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i actually LOVED this album. the first two songs i didn’t completely pay attention to but then it really grew on me and i enjoyed every single song to follow. it had so many layers, the music and the singing brought everything toveyher to form #beauty! 8.5/10 !

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4

I remember being disappointed with this album when it came out. It was just so different to the youthful exuberance of Suede's debut that I didn't know how to absorb it. Where their first album was a celebration of lust and difference, Dog Man Star was smack laden depression. You can hear the tension between Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler seething behind the music which at the same time adds excitement to the album but also weighs it done. With the benefit of the decades since it was released I think this album is a triumph. How brave for the band to release such a discordant album while their peers were going into "ello guvnor" Britpop shallowness. Not an album I listen to on a regular basis, in fact it was only a couple of weeks ago I listened to it for the first time in many years but I really enjoyed rediscovering it.

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4

Have listened to later Suede albums but not really explored this one before. Not what I expected - lots of their later sound in here but some really beautiful plaintive songs in here too. But I think Coming Up remains my favorite of their albums.

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4

I try not to do too much research before listening to a band or album that I'm unfamiliar with, but I'll usually take a quick look at the Wikipedia page to see what I'm getting into. On this one, I saw phrases like "one of the most pretentious albums ever released by a major label," "pretentious" and "pompous." So I was expecting something Radiohead-like, but after listening to it, I really don't get why it's been labeled in that way. Sure, maybe they went a bit overboard on the production, but overall this feels like a really good, solid, interesting, and listenable album. 3.5 stars, rounding up to 4.

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4

Never really warmed to the faux-Bowie sound of Anderson's voice, but when I can get past that it's a decent album.

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4

Yes I remember liking this one

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4

What the hell, this is so good. Very Bowie. Very special, but still good. Hmm, this is hard. I'll give it a 4

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4

It's always interesting to find a band like Suede, that have had long-lasting success in the UK, yet are quite unknown here in Australia. I can see why they haven't hit it here, we tend to go for more straightforward music. This is a little bit prog, a little bit pomp, and quite enjoyable.

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Sommige nummers zijn fantastisch (Hollywood life zet ik zeker bij mijn favorieten). Andere nummers zijn maar zozo. Al bij al wel een goed Glam/britpop album

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this is pretty cool, sounds like a cross between maybe U2 and something like Oasis? Might even listen to this again at some point.

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3

cool. late 80's brit pop

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3

Solid

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3

Better than I remembered

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3

fun!

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3

Not a bad album. Probably don't listen again, but it's not bad.

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3

Bowie cover album, including the title

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3

Pretty generic Britpop. Again, has some vocal parts that are very U2esque which I hate. There is some nice instrumentation going on, but this feels very 1994, so I guess I can't fault it too much.

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I don't know if it's the most pretentious album in rock and roll but it's pretty overblown. Treated as humor it's not so bad.

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3

Oasis, but raised by an abusive mother. Nice drums, vocals, and guitar riffs

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3

I liked it, fine enough.

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3

Rock suave. Un poco aburrido.

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3

Auch hier #listenagain

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Idk lol

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"We Are the Pigs" Released: 12 September 1994 "The Wild Ones" Released: 7 November 1994 "New Generation" Released: 30 January 1995

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3

Was cool haven't listened to them outside of that one song I know

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3

Not that keen to start with but it did grow on me. A couple of really good tracks towards the end.

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I didn't realize how much they sound like Bauhaus and earlier goth

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3

there's some cool stuff but the moodier songs on here are so extremely overwrought. low 6

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Levyn alussa Introducing the band herätti toiveet positiivisesta yllätyksestä, mutta ei se loppulevy sitten kuitenkaan oikein puhutellut. Aika raskassoutuituista tavaraa.

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3

Pretty boring. Creeped me out a bit. Bowie vibes, but has quite a dark feeling Unique voice, but a bit too ...screetchy. Qutie a few nice songs

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3

Way better than I expected. ***

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La verdad yo soy de la idea que Suede es un grupo de singles. El disco me aburrió pero pues son la mejor banda tributo a Bowie, le voy a dar más estrellas que lo que honestamente le daría, me vale.

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I don't know what to say about it. Maybe it's okay.

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3

I don't know. I remember Rich liked it a lot and there was one song I loved at Uni. But the old 'would I listen to it again ' test? I probably wouldn't.

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3

OK. Nothing special

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3

Bemerkenswert. Ich muss dasselbe geben wie bei urban hymns von the verve. Beide sind super werden mich aber nie ganz abholen

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3

Cooles Album

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3

started strong. lost steam around the middle to the end of the album. lots of slow jams.

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3

Just about got into it! Some cool production and guitar tones. Like a lot of British music (not sure why this is the case and other countries have their own faults), this quickly becomes cheesy and shoe-gazey. The last track works when they got out of their own way a bit and just played, but not sure I would be back to listen to the other tracks.

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3

Rock opera feel. Kind of like dream theater but. less impressive instrumentals. Back side soulful, somewhat enjoyable

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This is why I could never be a music critic - it's my first album on this site and I'm already abundantly conflicted about how I feel. If you like Bowie-esque vocals you'll probably have an easier time loving this album than I did. Fun fact: 10 of NME's "500 Greatest Albums" are by Bowie, so it's no surprise they love Suede as well. "The Wild Ones" and "Still Life" were genuinely pretty, and the last few minutes of "The Asphalt World" pays off with a big buildup. There were a few tracks, like "This Hollywood Life" and "Daddy's Speeding", that had captivating intros, but the actual song just kind of plodded along. At several junctures I was prepared to write off this album as boring, but then I'd hear a sequence that would pull me back in. By the end of the listen I feel more receptive than when I started...but I'm not sure I'm ready to buy Suede's full discography either.

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Pretty good, bit boring sometimes due to it feeling quite workmanlike.

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Fascinating. I’ve never heard of this. Enjoyable.

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3

some gems among all the weird

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3

Not terrible. I'll need to listen more to it, but it's not awful at least from what I can tell.

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Better than I expected.

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Overall, it was okay. Maybe even pretty good. I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it, but wouldn't rush to turn it off either. Production not great - some good ideas, but poorly mixed and sounds muddy. Excessive reverbs and delays don't help with this. Superfluous strings. Highly pretentious. I don't think either Brett Anderson or Bernard Butler were as musically gifted back then as they seemed to think they were. But... I like a lot of the songs. Often dark and broody, and yet somehow sounding optimistic. Very Bowie-esque. I like that some of the guitars were clearly recorded very loud and on the edge of uncontrollable feedback.

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Rating: 5/10

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Normal

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Alright

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It's funny I mean it sounds great and clearly Brett has an awesome voice however I find some of it a bit samey.

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Interesting stuff. Wasn't familiar with them before.

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Dog man star took a suck on a pill And stabbed a cerebellum with a curious quill First album was a bit better Introducing the band

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3

A second Suede album... I want some female content please... The album that broke the band, soaked in reverb and acid, makes me have visions of other tasty musical treats from the 90s. Some Neds Atomic Dustbin would have hit the spot more so than this one.

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3

The 2 of us and Still life had some serious Phantom of the opera vibes.

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3

I'd only heard "Metal Mickey" before this. It was overall a decent album, I found the vocals a bit annoying after a while. I didn't see a whole lot of reason to return to it.

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Really like the music. The vocals are fantastic on a lot of songs but less so on others (I should probably back that up with examples...) This Hollywood Life and Stay Together are the best songs. My only fact about Suede is that the brother of Richard Osman plays bass.

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I was with friends in a Wetherspoons in Bristol when a large, middle-aged man with earphones in came and sat next to me at our table, uninvited. After a few uncomfortable minutes I asked him what he was listening to. He leaned over and said 'We Are The Pigs', before sticking one of the earphones in my ear. That was my first introduction to this album, I guess. Anyway... I used to mistrust Suede for no particular reason, before getting into them in my mid-20s. This album isn't their most britpop-y or accessible - it's darker and more cinematic. 'Stately', I'd say. I like the abrasive guitars of WATP and This Hollywood Life, and the melodic The Wild Ones. Stay Together is the best of the bunch though I don't think it's technically part of the album... Actually I like most of it, but I can see that it's a bit overblown and does drag somewhat, especially towards the end.

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3

Not bad. This one gets a solid Meh.

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ok, most songs sound the same

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I liked it

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3

A good first half.

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Suede is great but this otherwise great album is bothered with lousy production

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It was dark and moody, but I didn't find it all that interesting. I wanted to like it more.

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Enjoyable, at least the parts that aren't overly long and self-indulgent. Some of it is reminiscent of the songs Maxwell Caulfield's character performed in "Grease 2". That's probably a compliment.

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Some call this a masterpiece. Some call it the most pretentious album of all time. I don't think it is either. It's like a record of Bowie at his most bombastic, full of melodrama and overblown, over-arranged songs. Surprisingly coherent, given the band broke up while recording it, taking their musical force out of the band. This is a fair album, a brave swing for the outfield that doesn't quite get there. I admire the ambition, even if it does veer into self-importance (think Us at their worst). I really could have done without so much reverb slathered over EVERYTHING, which tends to turn this into a muddy mess to listen to.

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Pretty weird production. Can't really put my finger on it, but it sounds a bit off. Clearly EXTREMELY influenced by David Bowie. The lead singer is basically doing a Bowie impression. This seemed like something I would generally enjoy a lot, but nothing really caught my attention other than "We are the Pigs", "Heroine" and "The 2 Of Us". It wasn't bad though, actually pretty above average, like a 6.5/10.

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Fínt 90s.

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A love it or hate it voice. Decent britpop. 6-7/10

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This was quite good, although I think I prefer Suede's first album better. There are some elegant, soaring arrangements and nice use of strings. The album really could have been cut by several songs and been much better. Fave Songs: The Asphalt World, Still Life, The 2 of Us, The Power, The Wild Ones, Daddy's Speeding, Heroine

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- this is difficult for me to describe and i've been trying to write something about this album for 10 min (blame it on the mans arse?) - i listened to it twice, second time was much better. it's like I want to like it but can't.

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Non lo so, non mi convince, finisco domani. Non è malvagio andando avanti, ma mi sembrano tutte scollegate l'una dall'altra. Molto bella 'Still Life'

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Just a bit boring

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Britisk 90’er pop-rock, varieret, lange numre,

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Meh

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Not a fan.

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Niet echt mijn smaak

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I like alt rock, but not all of it.

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Underwhelming. Plodding. Even boring.

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Couldn’t get into it

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It's ok.

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Sounds like just another Oasis, but with an even more annoying lead singer

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a little precious

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Aside from "We Are the Pigs" - which is a fine song - the rest of this record screams new wave mediocrity. I didn't like it 25 years ago... I still don't.

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Boring drony music

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Was ok. Not sure I like Anderson's voice so much.

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Never really liked Suede apart from a few early singles, notably Stay together. Overblown and not enjoyable.

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This was okay. Didn’t stand out too much but I liked a few of the songs

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Never again. Was probably a dope album in certain sectors of the world during that time period, but not for me.

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first three songs slapped, the rest ehh....

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The intro was ok, the psychedelic part at the end was alright. The power song wasn't bad but the rest pretty much was.

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Well, if I ever kill myself I at least now what song it will be to. The 2 of Us.

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Weird. Interesting. Liked the end better than the beginning. I'll be listening for someone to say they know this so I can ask questions lol

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Meh

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The second album by Suede tried to move away from the Britpop genre and establish the band as an art rock/glam rock/alternative rock group. The album's sound is dark and beautiful, sad and sexual - all thanks to the troubling times the band was going through and also the drug use of course. Critics called this album "pretentious" when it released, but in retrospect everyone says the band was close to creating something truly amazing. The music is pretty good, but it's not my type.

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I've listened to so many new wave albums on this list, and there's just no end in sight. When New Wave is good, there's nothing like it. It washes over you, and you can really get a feel for the emotions of the time. When it's bad, it's just dreary and meandering nonsense. This is a time when it was bad. Really just took forever to get through this.

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File under ‘we get it buddy, you’re from London and like weird late 70s early 80s shit’

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Interesting. Curious to hear more

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Weird

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Otro en el que nachito nos vendió humo

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Brits gonna Brit! This list totally came straight out of Buckingham Palace, lol. It’s fine. It’s the Verve. It’s _______. But I’m taking away a star for that dumbass title.

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Dog Man Star? More like, uh [brain shuts down for a good forty minutes, only vital signs a rapid flickering of the eyes] Dog Man Blah

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This album cover perfectly captures my feelings on this album. Butt. I don't know. There's a lot of activity and it sounds like people are working very hard, but this never left the realm of vanilla to me. Very clearance bin 1998.

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Po ostatnim dlugim striku jakosciowych piczkow wreszcie jakis powrot do standardow brytyjskiej pretensjonalnosci popowej, bo pojawia sie on dog man star, drugi album w dyskografii bandy londonskiej bandy suede, podczas nagrywania tego materialu 4 osobowej bandy, ktora jeszcze przed zakonczeniem nagran do tego krazka zmniejszyla sie o jednego czlonka, pan od gitarek nie wytrzymal jaka muzyka byla tworzona co doprowadzilo do spiec wewnatrz bandy rezultujacych w jego wyjebaniu, pomimo tego ze pierwszy raz slysze o takim zespole, krazku, czy osobach w niego zamieszanego, to z samego odsluchu albumu w tym konflikcie stalbym murem za panem gitarkowym, ktory staral sie grac o wiele zbyt rokowo, gdzie reszta bandy leciala raczej w brit popa, nie chodzi nawet o same wokale czy teksty o szopenie, ale ogolna nijakosc grania, nie ma tutaj na czym ucha zawiesic, a w polaczeniu z przygnebiajacym, wyjatkowo pretensjonalnie, nastroju jakim utrzymana jest tematyka albumu gwarantuje to rezidentowegosleepera, bylby to jeden z pretendentow do oceny jednogwiazdkowej, gdyby nie jeden numer ktory jednak jakos rekompensuje ten prawie godzinny album, chodzi mi o trak numer 11, the asphalt world, ktory to wlasnie byl bezposrednim punktem zapalnym konfliktu, bo pan Bernard Butler od gitarki i klawiszy, ktory mial w planach kawalek 25 minutowy z 8 minutowym solo na gitarce, wersja albumowa ma zaledwie 9:25, a i tak jest najdluzszym utworem, no i najbardziej muzycznie zlozonym, a nie jak reszta radio songow z wyliczonymi czasami chorusowymi jak przystalo na britpopa, wiec z calej plyty jedynym wartym odsluchu kawakiem jest asfaltowy swiat sutenerstwa, dlatego tez leci on na plejke, mam nadzieje, ze nie pojawia sie kolejne albumy tego zespolu, zwlaszcza gdy glos rozsadku w postaci pana Butlera wyskoczyl z tego parostatku

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"Heroine" is the only song that I'll remember from this album. Everything else just sounded like variations of the same song.

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Ok, but not more

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Brit rock, huh? Yeah, listenable, but not totally my case.

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anguished, grandiose, murky and deeply indebted to Ronson-era Bowie.

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Dense. I did some reading about this album which sounds like a great stereotypical rock mess fraught with tension, drugs, and pretension. I had an idea of what I'd hoped to hear before I put it on ... and it doesn't really match. The idea of a complex, sprawling album is appealing to me but - and I fully admit that it may be difficult to digest in just one or two plays today - there's not much here that's catchy. I'm not necessarily meaning in a pop-sugary way, but even some of the more proggy and lengthy songs I've liked or loved have something to sink your teeth into; e.g. some hook or theme. This album seems a mass of ~5 minute songs, none of which are bad, but none of which I can really remember. Mid-tempo, massive reverb on overly-emotive vocals, nothing really catchy, edgy, weird, or heck even poppy. If I were to be harsh...much ado about nothing? 3/10 2 stars.

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Pompous, overblown, overlong and grandiose, Brett Anderson wants to be Bowie but lacks - well, almost any of the qualities that made Bowie a genius artist. A tiresome listen.

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Best Song: The Asphalt World. Progressive feel with nice multi-layered vocals and a gloomy lyrical feel. Worst Song: The 2 Of Us. Pure melodrama. The sparse instrumentals, particularly those that close the song, as nice, but they can't overcome the full cheese vocal performance. Overall: A totally average British band cosplaying as David Bowie.

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Strong 2. Surprisingly good- creative and ahead of their time guitar and rock adages here. Need to re listen to this one

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I had high expectations after loving Suede’s debut album two weeks ago. I feel so let down. It just wasn’t as interesting or engaging as I’d hoped. They steeped themselves thoroughly in some psychedelic rock influences that just didn’t do it for me. It’s a shame, it just doesn’t compare favourably to the first one.

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Não gostei. Letras interessantes. Não ouvi com atenção. Talvez lendo, possa ser melhor

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Still trying to figure out what it is about most Brit rock/pop that gives me zero reasons to like it. It’s like a half step off from being something I could love.

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Nope. Not for me. 1/5 stars.

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Not for me

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boring, uninventive, not willing to take a risk with their music in this album

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Not sure this one needed to be remastered

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I tried, but I just couldn’t make it.

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OMG. What a shit show. They call them an "English alternative rock band?" All songs lack power and the whiney voice of the front man "Anderson" was unbearable after about 6 songs. After 10 songs and a few fast forwards I gave up.

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