AOTY 2018

The Blue Hour

Suede - The Blue Hour
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2018 Ratings: #198 / 707
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2018 Ratings: #501
September 21, 2018 / Release Date
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Warner UK / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

Though their themes remain in the gutter, Suede aspire to monuments, and The Blue Hour will stand as another sordid masterwork.

100
God Is in the TV

In its conceit, its ambition, its willingness to frequently open itself up to ridicule, The Blue Hour is a towering, frightening, squalid and inspirational work of art.

80
PopMatters

Suede were never really part of the oafish Britpop scene and their dark, dramatic new album makes this more apparent than ever.

80
Dork

It’s clear that Suede have lost none of their power and Anderson’s vocals seem pitch perfect forcing home every single word like a stake through a heart.

80
Clash

‘The Blue Hour’ is unlikely to win Suede many new followers, but it should convince any fans of old that their vitality is restored and they are at the peak of their powers once more.

80
The Guardian

As gothic and grand as their 1994 masterpiece Dog Man Star, this is possibly the only mainstream album you’ll hear this year with a massed chorus of monks and spoken-word vignettes, including one about the band’s singer digging up a corpse in the garden with his son.

80
Drowned in Sound

The darkest and most swooningly elegiac Suede album since Dog Man Star, and arguably the most imaginative and interesting of their career.

80
musicOMH

While there are other occasions ... where it all feels just a bit much, all in all The Blue Hour is a bold, accomplished effort from a band who still have plenty of ideas more than a quarter of century after they first emerged.

70
Loud and Quiet

There’s a narrative, which is never quite fully laid bare or completed. Nevertheless there is a concept to the whole record.

70
Under The Radar

While it may be overlong, overwrought perhaps, it's a worthwhile entry into their canon that should delight fans.

70
AllMusic

If the results are occasionally patchwork, that only adds to the album's appeal and it also suits Suede, who always found majesty within secondhand threads and hand-me-downs. Twenty-five years after their debut, they still retain that power, while finding ways to surprise within their firmly defined style.

60
NME

While there’s a comforting familiarity that comes with all things Suede, it’s wonderfully shrouded on ‘The Blue Hour’ by a very new, romantic and alluring strangeness. These are not hits to shake your bits to. Nor will these beats shake your meat.

60
The Observer

Dark and absorbing, The Blue Hour is never dull, although in an age of playlist-friendly immediacy it’s hard to imagine its appeal stretching far beyond already committed fans.

79
Suede on “The Blue Hour” come through with their most dramatic, cinematic and darkest album in years. If you’re a fan of Suede and know their material, then you should know what to expect from them. But they just sound so full of energy here, easily more so than their last few albums, which is fantastic. The drama is here, and tons of gigantic strings and emotional performances. Now, truth be told some of these tracks don’t come as easy to Suede as they once did, and ... read more
PaulyZ
74
TRACK LIST:

As One (7.4)
Wastelands (7.4)
Mistress (7.3)
Beyond the Outskirts (7.3)
Chalk Circles (6.8)
Cold Hands (7.5)
Life is Golden (8.5)
Roadkill (6.8)
Tides (7.2)
Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You (7.7)
Dead Bird / All the Wild Places (7.3)
The Invisibles (8.0)
Flytipping (7.7)
100
Their most daring album yet. "As One" will leave you in goosebumps.
My long review about to arrive soon.
MinatoArisato
40
I really do like Suede. the self-titled album and "Dog Man Star" are undisputed classics however this album just really didn't sit well with me. I think there are people out there who will love The Blue Hour but it personally isn't for me. This album is to grand and dramatic to a point where it feels almost annoying. I mean you can make an album with this sort of concept and make it work but really the concept is overshadowing how enjoyable the music actually is. Nothing on here is ... read more
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Track List

  1. As One
  2. Wastelands
  3. Mistress
  4. Beyond the Outskirts
  5. Chalk Circles
  6. Cold Hands
  7. Life is Golden
  8. Roadkill
  9. Tides
  10. Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You
  11. Dead Bird
  12. All the Wild Places
  13. The Invisibles
  14. Flytipping
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