Stephen Street has
revealed that Suede's fifth album is completed.
As a long time fan
of the band, he says he is really excited to be involved with
this really great collection of songs.
The Album moves
away from the more experimental style of the 1999's Head
Music, and returns to a more basic sound of their earlier
"I think it's more
song based than the last album. On that they were playing with
programming drum and stuff and trying to go down different avenues,
but I think this is a return
to real classic song construction."
The new album was
completed at the end of March, 2002 at London's Townhouse studios.
Final editing was completed and mastering was commencing on 1st
May. Rumour had it that the band wanted the album to be released
as soon as possible, but management disagreed.
The name of the
album is A
New Morning and songs include
hidden track 'Oceans', 'Beautiful Loser' and 'Positivity'. Alex
Lee has apparently written a brilliant track for the album. The
band is extremely pleased with the results and are currently rehearsing
live versions of the new songs. Tour and festival dates have been
New Morning will be released in the UK on September
30th, 2002, and the first single "Positivity" will be out 16th
September. There are two CD's and their first DVD single.
CD1 contains the video of 'Positivity', plus songs, 'One Love'
CD2 has the B-sides (or added tracks), 'Superstar' and 'Cheap'.
The DVD includes 'Colours', 'Campfire Song', 'The Positivity'
video and footage from Suede's recent surprise showcase gig for
members of the fan club.
This was at a fan
club surprise, when the members thought they may meet the band
at a celebration of 10 years since "The Drowners" hit the UK.
However, they were told the band were too busy rehearsing... and
then told they were to be taken there to watch them. It turned
out to be a magical event. As well as new songs, the crowd were
allowed requests, and it seems Suede are on track for another
number one album.
Another event introducing
the new songs was at David Bowie's Meltdown Festival at the London
Royal Festival Hall, where Suede employed a 10-piece orchestra.
This performance also received rave reviews.
After hearing A
New Morning, and although 'Positivity' is good, I think
it is a bit lame for the first single. I would have gone for 'Beautiful
Loser', 'Street Life' or even the possible second release, 'Obsessions'.
There are some lovely slower songs, i.e 'Lost in TV' and 'Untitled'
which are simply divine. I'm not too sure how this album will
compare to the others. I hope it does well
in any case. A brilliant homemade video of 'Lost in TV' follows.Ignore The London
Suede bit. Not worth commentiong on.
released on Nov 18th 2002. Again, there is a CD1, CD2 and DVD.
I will just add CD1 picture this time.
CD1 has the radio
edit of 'Obsessions', new tracks, 'Cool Thing' and 'Instant Sunshine',
plus live footage from the Marquee Club.
CD2 features the
album version of 'Obsessions' with tracks 'UFO' and 'Rainy Day
Girl', and live footage from The Scala.
The DVD has the
Obsessions video, new tracks "Hard Candy' and 'ABC Song' and an
extra feature, Developing Obsessions. Here is 'Obsessions' live.
I have a great review
from BBC Manchester Music Online on one of Suede's more recent
Review by Chris
Long Venue: Academy 1, Oxford Road Date: Sun 3 Nov Monday 4th
November 2002 Suede @ Academy 1
"It's to a back
drop of lukewarm reviews to their album, band changes, and threats
to be put on pop's scrapheap that the audience files into the
Academy to see one of Britain's best bands of the last decade,
the foppish fun that is Suede. Only the accusations of foppishness
should be thrown from a hotel window along with the TV as a muscle
bound Brett strides onto the stage and over the next hour and
a half produces one of the most energetic, uncompromising performances
Manchester will see all year. It takes a few songs to get used
to Anderson's have-it attitude, complete with hand punches, hip
shimmies and pogo-dancing, like a cross between Andrew WK and
a supermodel, but once Trash punches a hole in the air of apathy
that sits on the audience, the realisation hits that Suede are
still one of the country's best live bands. Metal Mickey surges
across the Academy, Filmstar throws around the moshpit,
Streetlife stomps around like a stroppy child, the crowd goes
absolutely mental and Brett, razor wit in hand, accuses the mass
of taking a vow of silence! Anderson stood as a star across the
proceedings, forcing every person present to enjoy themselves
with a combination of full-on arm-waving taunts, hip-swaying scissor
kicking teases and fill-in singalongs, with the assembled filling
in the chorus for She's In Fashion and the falsetto in encore
wonder The Wild Ones. This was not the sound and look of a band
past its best, it was the passion of a band on top of its game,
a band still as important as the day The Drowners pierced your
bedroom boredom. Retract the rumours, get the album and fall in
love with Suede again. They deserve it."
There is talk of a Greatest or perhaps a Best Hits Album from
Suede, although I hate those. There will be no more releases from
New Morning. In fact, it turned out to be Suede's least
successful album. Some of the B sides from the singles were as
good or better than some of those on the album, especially 'Hard
I must admit however,
Suede still make great music. This is another great album, and
one you must add to your music collection.