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Classic Album Review: Suede | A New Morning

The Britpop veters clean up their act (slightly) on this pretty, pleasant release.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


As Maureen McGovern so succinctly put it, there’s got to be a morning after. Especially when you’ve had a night before like Suede did.

The Britpop veterans’ 1999 outing Head Music was a slinky slide into a post-glam netherworld of sleazy sin and drug-addled decadence. The pretty and inoffensive A New Morning, by contrast, sounds like the work of lads who know they’ve overindulged and are very consciously on their best behaviour. From the jangly opening proclamation of their new-found Positivity and the acoustic ode to Lonely Girls to the epic closer When The Rain Falls, a nicely aging Brett Anderson sounds like he’s trying his damnedest to put all that dark stuff behind him. But of course, like anyone with a taste for the nasty goods, he can’t. Like flashbacks, hints of the old days creep into the glam-pop grooves, guitar licks and dark-hearted lyrics of Streetlife, Obsessions and Beautiful Loser, suggesting these boys are still a long way from getting on the spiritual wagon. Does anyone know where there’s a Glam Anonymous chapter?