New Morning

A New Morning

by Suede
     
 

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When Bernard Butler left the band all those many years ago, few would have guessed that with him left the dangerous, romantic noir vibe that fueled Suede's first two albums. After all, Brett Anderson was supposed to be the Byronic prince of darkness, and without Butler around, it only made sense that he would indulge his taste for the…  See more details below

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When Bernard Butler left the band all those many years ago, few would have guessed that with him left the dangerous, romantic noir vibe that fueled Suede's first two albums. After all, Brett Anderson was supposed to be the Byronic prince of darkness, and without Butler around, it only made sense that he would indulge his taste for the theatrical. It didn't turn out that way, of course. The band hired young Richard Oakes and refashioned themselves as a glammy, fizzy guitar pop band whose elegantly wasted ballads were tales of love found, not love lost. Suede's fifth album, A New Morning, confirms that this band isn't about to release another Dog Man Star anytime soon, or even turn out a "Whipsnade," since they're now all about "Positivity," as the opening track and lead single crisply announces. Once that disappointment fades -- Suede did tragic romantic better than anybody, and it's hard not to wish they still did it -- it's easy to appreciate A New Morning as another solid, succinct collection of tuneful, stylish modern-day glam pop, nearly the equal of Coming Up, whose blueprint this follows to a tee. Song for song, it's better and more consistent than Head Music -- whose dabbling in vague electronic now seems mildly dated and whose songwriting seems slight -- thanks partially to Stephen Street's focused, flattering production, but also due to a sharp set of songs, highlighted not just by "Positivity," "Lost in TV," "When the Rain Falls" (where the piano sounds lifted from a Vince Guaraldi Peanuts special), and "Lonely Girls," but a triptych of songs that inexplicably borrow their titles from classic rock songs ("Beautiful Loser," "Street Life," "One Hit to the Body"). Plus, there's no denying that Suede does this music better than anybody else (and they sound both loose and muscular here), and that Anderson's voice is aging marvelously, sounding quite fetching with a slight hint of booze and tobacco wear. So, A New Morning isn't a new beginning, nor does it take many risks, but it does find Suede in top form with good songs and an appealing record. You might wish that it was a little more than that, but you'll be satisfied by what it is.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
5099750895627
catalogNumber:
5089562

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

London Suede   Primary Artist
London Suede   Indexed Contributor
Brett Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Gini Ball   Violin
Simon Gilbert   Drums
Sally Herbert   Violin
Stephen Hussey   Violin
Alex Lee   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,Prophet Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Mat Osman   Electric Bass
Anne Stephenson   Violin
Lucy Wilkins   Violin
Richard Oakes   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Guitar Effects
Julia Singleton   Violin
Everton Nelson   Violin
Catherine Browning   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Chris Worsey   Cello
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Frances Dewar   Violin
John Brandham   Horn
Roy Theaker   Violin

Technical Credits

Brett Anderson   Composer
Dave Eringa   Producer
Sally Herbert   Arranger
John Leckie   Producer
Stephen Street   Producer
Gordon Vicary   Mastering
Kat Gibb   Screenprints
Tom Stanley   Engineer
Sean Genockey   Engineer
Dan Grech-Marguerat   Engineer
Andrew Skeet   String Arrangements

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