The new Suede CD has been out in the rest of the world since September. Since there seems to be no U.S. release date in sight, I finally broke down and downloaded it from a P2P service. “A New Morning” is different for them. Stephen Street produced it and you can definitely tell the shift in sound. It’s also their first album recorded “without hallucinegens” (what a great selling point), so gone are the bizarre strings and background soundscapes that made up a large portion of their mood.
The goofy wordplay that makes Suede so appealing remains. My favorite line comes from “Obessions” (a great song) — “It’s the way you don’t read Camus/Or Brett Easton Ellis…It’s the TCP you use/That stings when we kiss”. Goofy and sublime.