Dog Man Star

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1994
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646676929
  • Catalog Number: 66769

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introducing the Band (2:38)
  2. 2 We Are the Pigs (4:19)
  3. 3 Heroine (3:22)
  4. 4 The Wild Ones (4:50)
  5. 5 Daddy's Speeding (5:21)
  6. 6 The Power (4:31)
  7. 7 New Generation (4:37)
  8. 8 This Hollywood Life (3:50)
  9. 9 The 2 of Us (5:45)
  10. 10 Black or Blue (3:48)
  11. 11 The Asphalt World (9:25)
  12. 12 Still Life (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Suede Primary Artist
The London Suede Indexed Contributor
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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Gary Stout Engineer
Brian Cannon Cover Design
Karen Davies Sleeve Coordinator
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