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Dog Man Star
     

Dog Man Star

by Suede
 

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Instead of following through on the Bowie-esque glam stomps of their debut, Suede concentrated on their darker, more melodramatic tendencies on their ambitious second album, Dog Man Star. By all accounts, the recording of Dog Man Star was plagued with difficulties -- Brett Anderson wrote the lyrics in a

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Instead of following through on the Bowie-esque glam stomps of their debut, Suede concentrated on their darker, more melodramatic tendencies on their ambitious second album, Dog Man Star. By all accounts, the recording of Dog Man Star was plagued with difficulties -- Brett Anderson wrote the lyrics in a druggy haze while sequestered in a secluded Victorian mansion, while Bernard Butler left before the album was completed -- which makes its singular vision all the more remarkable. Lacking any rocker on the level of "The Drowners" or "Metal Mickey" -- only the crunching "This Hollywood Life" comes close -- Dog Man Star is a self-indulgent and pretentious album of dark, string-drenched epics. But Suede are one of the few bands who wear pretensions well, and after a few listens, the album becomes thoroughly compelling. Nearly every song on the record is hazy, feverish, and heartbroken, and even the rockers have an insular, paranoid tenor that heightens the album's melancholy. The whole record would have collapsed underneath its own intentions if Butler's compositional skills weren't so subtly nuanced and if Anderson's grandiose poetry wasn't so strangely affecting. As it stands, Dog Man Star is a strangely seductive record, filled with remarkable musical peaks, from the Bowie-esque stomp of "New Generation" to the stately ballads "The Wild Ones" and "Still Life," which are both reminiscent of Scott Walker. And while Suede may choose to wear their influences on their sleeve, they synthesize them in a totally original way, making Dog Man Star a singularly tragic and romantic album.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646676929
catalogNumber:
66769

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

London Suede   Primary Artist
Andrew Cronshaw   Flute,Cimbalom,Ba Wu
Brett Anderson   Vocals
Bernard Butler   Guitar
Simon Clarke   Trumpet
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Brian Gascoigne   Conductor
Simon Gilbert   Drums
Roddy Lorimer   Flute,Saxophone
Tessa Niles   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mat Osman   Bass,Electric Bass
Phil Overhead   Percussion
Sinfonia of London Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Brett Anderson   Art Direction,Concept
Ed Buller   Producer,Engineer
Bernard Butler   Composer,Instrumentation
Ed Butler   Producer,Engineer
Brian Gascoigne   Arranger
Gary Stout   Engineer
Brian Cannon   Cover Design
Karen Davies   Sleeve Coordinator

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