Suede - Bloodsports
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Based on 24 reviews
2013 Ratings: #324 / 1071
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Based on 88 ratings
2013 Ratings: #197
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Under The Radar

Calling Bloodsports a comeback album almost seems to belittle just how strong a record it really is; it’s nearly as good as any they’ve put out before.

Consequence of Sound

In a way, it’s the most honest collection of songs Anderson’s ever written. 


Even if there are only ten tracks to feast upon, it’s clear that Suede is back in force, and Brett and the boys sound cooler than ever.


If Bloodsports stays faithful to Suede’s signature sound, it represents a refreshing evolution in spirit.


This album seems unlikey to disappoint many people who were fans of Suede first time round – and it’s definitely a better close to their career than A New Morning – but it’s difficult to see what it has to offer new listeners in 2013.


‘Bloodsports’ finally provides the send-off Suede’s legacy deserved 10 years ago. And, fittingly, it’s due to them thumbing their noses at the notion of growing old gracefully, and making brilliantly daft pop music instead.

Drowned in Sound

Bloodsports may be a bit bombastic for headphones, but it’s going to sound great on the festival circuit.


Whilst there is nothing on 'Bloodsports' as gloriously epic as 'Stay Together' or as bat-shit crazy as 'Introducing The Band', it should be viewed as a partial success. 

No Ripcord

Bloodsports isn’t going to make anyone start a band, it’s not going to be anyone’s entry route into a life of musical obsession and it’s not going to provoke anyone into an all-night session of drug-fuelled lasciviousness with their lover. Really, Bloodsports is fine, pleasant even. 

A decade after their last release, a decade that saw Brett Anderson releasing some decent enough solo works, it was hard to imagine that Suede would come back with an album this strong. The first five tracks all sound like they could have been written at the same time as Coming Up, while the second half sound almost like lost tracks from the Dog Man Star era. Far superior to the previous two albums, this heralded Suede's rebirth in a big way.
Good, if not great, alt. rock. Few complaints, although I was never blown away. No immediate standouts, but a good listen nonetheless.
Production is back up to Suede standards thanks to Ed Buller(the 5th member of Suede IMO). The sound production is similar to Dog Man Star or Coming up but a bit cleaner/modern sounding. The reverb from Dog Man Star and the distorted guitar tones of Coming Up are back. The songs arent as catchy or anthemic as before, but that doesnt seem to be what they were going for. The album is very consistent and flows well from song to song. In short, this is a good start to a new era of Suede.
Epic, heavy and pointless.
I can't really understand why they came back from oblivion.
Highlight: Snowblind
Could be better with better selection of tracks.
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Track List

  1. Barriers
  2. Snowblind
  3. It Starts and Ends With You
  4. Sabotage
  5. For the Strangers
  6. Hit Me
  7. Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away
  8. What Are You Not Telling Me?
  9. Always
  10. Faultlines
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Added on: February 2, 2013