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Dog Man Star

Suede

1994

Dog Man Star

Album Summary

Dog Man Star is the second album by English alternative rock band Suede, released in October 1994 on Nude Records. The album was recorded in London at Master Rock studios in early 1994, and was produced by Ed Buller. It was the last Suede album to feature guitarist Bernard Butler; growing tensions between him and singer Brett Anderson ended with Butler leaving the band before recording was complete. As a result, some tracks on the album had to be finished with the assistance of session musicians. In contrast to their debut album Suede, which exhibited the influences of David Bowie and the Smiths, Dog Man Star exhibits a more varied aesthetic and draws from a wider range of influences. Although it did not sell on the same scale as its predecessor, it reached number three on the UK Albums Chart and was certified as gold by the BPI in November 1994. Described by Rolling Stone as "one of the most pretentious albums ever released by a major label," the record was released in a different UK musical climate to their hitherto discography. Out-of-step with the mainstream music scene, it featured the band diverting away from the "Britpop pack" of bands.While Dog Man Star was acclaimed by many reviewers as a masterpiece, the trend towards "lad pop" saw its chart and sales success obscured. It was generally overlooked at the time, and it polarised American critics, some labelling it as pretentious. The album has over time garnered wider acclaim from critics. In the decade between Suede's 2003 separation and the release of Bloodsports, Dog Man Star steadily gained a strong following as a classic rock record. In October 2013, NME magazine placed the album at number 31 in its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Rating

3.03

Votes

4741

Genres

  • Rock
  • Britpop
  • Indie
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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

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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Thu May 20 2021
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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Mon Feb 01 2021
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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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

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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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

Thoroughly unremarkable.

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Thu Oct 29 2020
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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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Melodramatic and very ambitious.

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Mon May 31 2021
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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Mon May 17 2021
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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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

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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Mon Feb 01 2021
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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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Just okay...Nothing memorable to me.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

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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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

5 sin dudarlo.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Grandiose, glam, beautiful guitars and vocals. Peak Suede

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

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

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

uno de los discos más hermosos de la vida

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Thu Dec 09 2021
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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Mon Feb 28 2022
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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Sun Mar 27 2022
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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Fri Apr 29 2022
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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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Never heard of this band. But ended up listening to it 3 times yesterday. Very trippy.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

lekker cinque stelle

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

This album was an absolute banger. Disappointed that I have to listen to a different album tomorrow.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

New generation and we are the pigs. Great album through and through

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

I like music

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

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

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

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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Sun Feb 14 2021
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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Tue Mar 23 2021
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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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Wonderful Alt-Rock.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Super Album

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Good one, long but it holds

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Fri Jun 18 2021
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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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

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

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Loved it

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Wed Jun 02 2021
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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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

A real classic 9/10

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Sun Feb 28 2021
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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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Superb album. Great band

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Tue Mar 30 2021
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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Sat May 15 2021
4

well instrumented, unique, and catchy.

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Not bad

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Sat Jun 19 2021
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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Fri Jun 11 2021
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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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

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

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

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

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

I liked it very much. T

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

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

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

a bit too long. some good songs 3.7

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Не зацепил

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Very good

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Karl-Ove vibes!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
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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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
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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Wed Feb 23 2022
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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Thu Feb 24 2022
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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Fri Mar 04 2022
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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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Yes I remember liking this one

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Fri Apr 15 2022
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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Sun Apr 24 2022
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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Fri May 27 2022
4

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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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Generally, when an English band from the 90s-00s that I haven't heard of before shows up on this list, it turns out to be a baffling selection for this list, as most of these albums would better to have been saved until after I died. The living version of me certainly didn't enjoy them. This album was a notable exception. It's distinctive, I can't think of anything else that sounds like this from the mid-90s. The music is cool, and the lead singer has a great voice. Definitely worth a listen while I yet live 4/5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Älskar suede oändligt.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

90s vibe alternative

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Sounds like the exact midpoint between Echo & the Bunnymen and Oasis. Little twinges of New Wave drama remain, but one prefers the more distilled pop and faux-glam of the earlier records than the overreaching toward the art song (e.g., “The 2 of Us”) and full symphonic rhapsody ("Still Life") which comes off as much too much (though one half-admires the ambition). There's much like to here – “The Asphalt World” works intriguingly well and “Stay Together” is also quite good. One's glad to know it better.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

8/10 not exactly accessible, but has a few very nice gems.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Sleezy pomp

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Dirty

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Bij vlagen best dramatisch, maar klinkt best hip voor zijn tijd. 4*

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Overloaded and ambitious and seemingly behind its time in history, but I appreciate its artsy reach.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Tykkäsin aika paljon! Joistakin kappaleista jopa tosi paljon. Kuulostaa just sellaselta musiikilta mitä voisin lisätä omille soittolistoille. Ehdottomat suosikit paremmuusjärjestyksessä: The 2 Of Us, The Wild Ones, New Generation.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

cool but also extremely mid

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

One of the precursors to classic Brit-pop, probably suffers a bit in comparison with the abundance of classic albums released by Suede and their contemporaries over the few years that followed. Very very good, but just a bit patchy in my opinion

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

This album was awesome. Favorite track: This Hollywood Life

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Fri Oct 23 2020
3

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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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

cool. late 80's brit pop

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Solid

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Better than I remembered

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

fun!

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

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

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Bowie cover album, including the title

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Sun Feb 14 2021
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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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

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

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

I liked it, fine enough.

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

Rock suave. Un poco aburrido.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Auch hier #listenagain

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

Idk lol

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Thu May 13 2021
3

"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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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

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

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Wed Apr 21 2021
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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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

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

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

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

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Mon May 24 2021
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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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Way better than I expected. ***

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

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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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

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

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Fri Jun 18 2021
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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Tue May 25 2021
3

OK. Nothing special

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Tue Jun 29 2021
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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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Cooles Album

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Mon May 31 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 14 2021
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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Mon May 17 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

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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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

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

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

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

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

some gems among all the weird

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Sat Aug 14 2021
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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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

Better than I expected.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
3

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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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Rating: 5/10

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

Normal

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Sat Sep 04 2021
3

Alright

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

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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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

Interesting stuff. Wasn't familiar with them before.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
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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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

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

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Wed Nov 24 2021
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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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Not bad. This one gets a solid Meh.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

ok, most songs sound the same

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

I liked it

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

A good first half.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

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

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

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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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Fínt 90s.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

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

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Sat Apr 16 2022
3

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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Mon May 02 2022
3

- 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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Wed May 04 2022
3

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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Wed May 18 2022
3

Just a bit boring

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

Decent art rock album. Not too many of the songs stuck with me to make me want to relisten. 5/10

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

3.75

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

A little smarmy but ok

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

3.5 - Its strong emotional intensity is too theatrical in a “Phantom of the Opera” sort of way. I like the vocals and some songs like “Daddy’s Speeding” are pretty. But it’s just too big and insistent.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Not bad, pretty emo in most cases. A little Type O Negative flavor to it.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

The definition of bland to me. I didn't really find it all that interesting. Never seemed to go anywhere and always just felt present but not exceptional. 2.5/5

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

i like that they're taking chances, i just can't handle too much of that histrionic vocal style

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

better than debut, still sounds slike smiths a lot of the time

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Enjoyed the listen! Not a lot of memorable lines, but I liked the overall tone and would give it a fourth listen

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

What the dooog doin??

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Very similar to Bowie in a more pessimistic kind of way. Not every songs are great in this album, but I mostly had a great time!

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Not into the slower stuff

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

didn't work for me

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Mid level rock album

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Tentative review. Unable to give a proper listen. (3.5, subject to change)

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Another one I wanted to like more than I really did. I think Suede's done better albums than this, despite this being the critic's favourite. Really incredible vocals, and some decent moments. A lot of the songs were snoozers though. I listened to this one three times but it didn't click. Maybe need to listen more? 3 stars for now, sorry Suede.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Great sound

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I was not familiar with Suede, and found them to have an interesting sound. They reminded me of several bands (U2, INXS, Oasis, The Smiths) all rolled into one, and with varying intensities at different given points. I was definitely surprised at the strong presence of 80s new wave and 80s moody alt rock sounds, as those genres had been heavily put to bed at this point in favor of grunge and 90s alt rock sounds. Overall, the album was an okay listen, but it didn't resonate too much with me. I thought it touched on a lot of great sounds, but ultimately I couldn't quite escape from comparing Suede to who they SOUND like.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

some of this album is forgettable and maybe even boring, but the second half of the album is special. i'd argue the piano's presence here is what allows the album to be beautiful and unique. there are quite a few songs that are "epic"--sometimes it's the piano, sometimes it's a nine minute song, sometimes there's a classical edge. but i really enjoyed the second half of the album. bernard butler's piano in "the 2 of us" was perfect.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Good guitar playing, but not good enough to make up for that whiny keening singer.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

A lot slower as a while than what you might expect from the first tracks. Some mixed emotions - this *sounds* like an album I would like, but it just doesn't connect emotionally... For now. Didn't enjoy it all the way through, but I liked the uniqueness and moody atmosphere which the album cover captures pretty well. Yes, it's maybe a bit pretentious and pompous but that's something I actually enjoy! The song "The Asphalt World" was a huge surprise, the clear highlight nearing the end of the album. Overall, I can appreciate it for its good qualities and I feel like if I listen to it a couple more times I could warm up to this album a little more.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Bit of a let down compared to the other Suede album I heard.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Oon kuullut joskus Suedelta jotain toisia kappaleita, mutta en mitään tältä albumilta. Genren puoleen tää oli aika lähellä sitä, mitä kuuntelen usein muutenkin. Tykkäsin joistain kappaleista melko paljon, mutta osa unohtui aika helposti, vaikka kuuntelin koko levyn läpi pari kolme kertaa. Huomasin myös, että tykkäsin enemmän albumin alkupuolesta. Jos tässä pystyisi antamaan puolikkaita tähtiä, niin olisin antanut tälle varmaan arvosanaksi kolme ja puoli. Suosikkeja: We Are The Pigs, Heroine, The Wild Ones, New Generation

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

8th November 2022 Listened while working from home. Went for a run and watched bake off in the evening. Got the slightly despairing 90s reach vibe to it but a darker and intriguing side of Brit pop.

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Wed Nov 25 2020
2

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

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Meh

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Not a fan.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Niet echt mijn smaak

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

I like alt rock, but not all of it.

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Tue May 04 2021
2

Underwhelming. Plodding. Even boring.

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Tue May 25 2021
2

Couldn’t get into it

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

It's ok.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

a little precious

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Boring drony music

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

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

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

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

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Sat Jun 19 2021
2

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

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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Wed May 12 2021
2

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

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Sun May 09 2021
2

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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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

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

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

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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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Meh

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Tue Aug 10 2021
2

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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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

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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Mon Aug 23 2021
2

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

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Sun Aug 29 2021
2

Interesting. Curious to hear more

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Weird

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Otro en el que nachito nos vendió humo

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

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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Thu Oct 07 2021
2

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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