I have, and I'm not too thrilled.
― Shaun Kinski, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― John Darnielle, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
What I have heard of A New Morning is pleasant, relaxed even,
and I don't mean that as a criticism. It's Suede having a good time
and not making too much of a fuss; the inclusion of Alex Lee hasn't
notably changed anything. I think of it this way -- Suede shouldn't be
seen so much in the Bowie vein as the Cocteau Twins vein now, not in
terms of sonics but generally aesthetic approach. They've established
a sound and will do gentle variations on it for the rest of their time
still together, I'm guessing. And why not?
― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
Brett's just going through the motions and recycling the same old
lyricisms, only now his hoary voice can't hide the fact that he's
just a gentrified has-been whose completely lost any of the vim or
vigour that actually made Suede interesting once.
And the songs! Oh my.
― Mark, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I was hoping against hope that it would be wonderful, and even got
that familiar rush of excitement when the first song kicked in. But
one minute into it I realized how very bland it was. Every song is
just really generic -- it could be any Britpop band from the mid-
nineties (the word "Bluetones" springs to mind). The music is totally
unremarkable, and Brett doesn't even sound like his old self. It's
like all of the little idiosyncratic vocal tics that made his voice
distinctive have been pro-tooled out. Even Head Music had some
redeeming moments on it, but this is just too bland to pick any one
song out as good.
Of course A New Morning had the distinct disadvantage of
coming after Frantic on my mp3 player, and Bryan just seemed
to outclass them in every sense of the word.
What Brett should do is swallow his pride and beg BB to come back to
the fold, because the interviews promoting the new McAlmont & Butler
album indicate he'd be willing to do it.
Anyway, enough of my rambling...
― Nicole, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
"Positivity" is OK, but a bit weak for a first single. "Beautiful
Loser" is crap. "Obsessions" sounds like it wants to be "Trash".
Sadly, it isn't. "Lost in TV" is quite good though. I am biased toward
songs with lalalas in them, though.
― EdwardO, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
FWIW many folks on the Suede list weren't too thrilled with the new
songs at the fan gigs, though a number chalked that up to unfamiliarity
with them. I am surprised at how virulent the reaction is here, though
-- I think the Bluetones are only supposed to be invoked if the world
is in imminent danger of collapse.
That all said, the new Bryan Ferry is quite wonderful. :-)
― Sean, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
Did the departing Neil add more than we thought to the dynamics of
the group? Was Stephen Street a wise choice? Should Anderson have
dropped the whole bass/guitar/drums route? Do we blame Natalie
― Kinski, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
― the pinefox, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
I'm only surprised there are people still clinging to the remnants of
the Suede flotsam. Suede were merely one of the many Britpop
galleon's to crash and smash against the rocks of progress.
Brett humself has, for a long time, seem bored and maybe even
slightly embarrassed by his role as decadent, foppish wastrel. And,
trapped by rabid fan's expectation, that's clearly what he see's it
as: a role. His lyrics have had the air of 'Oh well, this is what
Suede fans want to hear, so what can I do?' and he wearily goes
through his list of key SuedeWords and fashions another Suede song
that matches all the other Suede songs. With obvious diminishing
If Brett's heart was in it, they may just get away with it. But it
― DavidM, Saturday, 10 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
Fighting words. But I've vented elsewhere. ;-)
Hm. Who among here does not have someone artistic -- doesn't
matter who, doesn't matter what kind of music, might not even be music!
-- they cling to obstinately regardless of the array of the world's
opinion against them. I suspect nobody here is innocent (or you're
I wonder if Brett even knows HOW to make a different type of record.
It goes through the motions, all the while adhering to a certain
style so as to constantly remind the listener that - like previous
albums do you see - it came directly from the Suede Factory and,
therefore, must be As Good.
Only it's not. In fact, it sucks. Hence, it sounds like Suede, only
(But I guess we know that they sleep in clean, comfy linens now...)
I have no problem with comfort, and Suede sound comfortable on A New
Morning and that's quite all right with me. Depeche Mode have
found a way for comfort and exploration to coexist, for example, so I'd
rank Exciter as the more satisfactory listen all around, say.
But I have no reason based on what I've heard to now chuck Suede out
the window with a curse. If "Positivity" didn't stick I'd say so --
but stick it does. :-)
Maybe they're on autopilot. Maybe they ARE past it. But really, anyone
who ranks this as being even in the top HALF of embarassing
post-success Britpop flops clearly hasn't listened to it on its
― EdwardO, Sunday, 11 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link
oh is it fixed now ?
― piscesboy, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Shaun Kinski, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― jjreece, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Spencer Chow, Monday, 12 August 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Listened to a bit of this again the other night. It's so much better than anyone would tend to imagine. 'Obsessions' and 'Lonely Girls', in their way, as powerful and direct as any songwriting BA had ever done.
― the pinefox, Monday, 23 July 2018 10:58 (two years ago) link
Eheh same for me today : I barely remembered this album since I was definitely past Suede at the time but it's surprisingly... er not that bad !Relaxed/satisfied and even positive Suede is OK with me although I agree that they don't make much effort, especially in the lyrical department, so it's not exciting, great or anything.This is also appreciable after revisiting Head Music too which is borderline awful/unlistenable to me (and I had some hopes there would be some good b-sides from that period to make an alternate decent album/playlist... but at most they had a good EP in them at that time apparently !).It might be their We Love Life (only not as good).
― AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 4 November 2019 10:30 (nine months ago) link
I've wasted many an hour listening to this album trying to find some enjoyment in it, but it really is an uninspired sad state of affairs.
― PaulTMA, Monday, 4 November 2019 12:31 (nine months ago) link
I listen to "New Morning" and "Head Music" so infrequently that I get them mixed up. Which I did again this morning, so looked up the track lists and learned that it's "Head Music" that actually has a few songs I like.
― Josh in Chicago, Monday, 4 November 2019 13:13 (nine months ago) link
Honestly think Head Music is pretty excellent with the exception of a couple of songs (Head Music and Elephant Man)
― PaulTMA, Monday, 4 November 2019 13:25 (nine months ago) link
After listening to ANM again, I like it (except the ridiculous copy of a part of "Metal Mickey" that is "Beautiful Loser" and "Streetlife" + maybe "Astrogirl" which is not bad just boring).The rest is nothing great (although "Lost in TV" comes close) but it's nice and smooth (lol at the Peanuts inspired "When the rain falls").Head Music I can only accept "Everything Will Flow" (which is a great song), "Down" and mayyyybe "She's in Fashion" (but the production is atrocious, like on the rest of the album).
― AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 10:06 (nine months ago) link
"Everything Will Flow" is the one that's always stuck in my head.
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 12:35 (nine months ago) link
Yeah, it's very good. Certainly the best song on this album (and of that period of theirs).The lyrics are limited and full of BA's usual words but it has a soothing almost spiritual touch.
― AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 09:25 (nine months ago) link
"She's in Fashion" is amazing! I know it's not their most loved single, but I find it a rush, and as a late discoverer of the band, it was one of the first tracks that grabbed me. "Everything Will Flow" also great. Love the shiny production on both tracks, though have never given the album a listen
― Vinnie, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 15:55 (nine months ago) link
"Head Music" def. continues in the OTT eccentric production vein of "Coming Up."
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 16:04 (nine months ago) link
re : "She's in Fashion", I remember reading at the time that BA was certain it was going to be a big hit/n°1. It wasn't.
― AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 16:07 (nine months ago) link
xp I should get around to checking it out then! I've never been put off by the production of Coming Up
I am with BA on that one
― Vinnie, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 16:10 (nine months ago) link
Well the production on HM is OTT in a different way + the songs are simply (mostly) not good.
― AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 16:17 (nine months ago) link
"She's in Fashion" is nice but besides the production, it lacks something to be very good. It's too superficial/shallow imo (well, that's fasion for you !).
― AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 16:19 (nine months ago) link