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The Blue Hour

Suede

The Blue Hour

Eighth album from the English alt. rock group produced by Alan Moulder (Ride, My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver)

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Rhino
UK Release date
21/09/2018
US Release date
21/09/2018
  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Though their themes remain in the gutter, Suede aspire to monuments, and The Blue Hour will stand as another sordid masterwork
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  2. 10.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A towering, frightening, squalid and inspirational work of art
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  3. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The darkest and most swooningly elegiac Suede album since Dog Man Star, and arguably the most imaginative and interesting of their career
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  4. 8.0 |   music OMH

    All in all The Blue Hour is a bold, accomplished effort from a band who still have plenty of ideas more than a quarter of century after they first emerged
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Suede were never really part of the oafish Britpop scene and their dark, dramatic new album makes this more apparent than ever
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  6. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Re-energised on all fronts, Suede are in the shape of their lives
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  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A wild ride into a rural nightmare
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  8. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Orchestral manoeuvres with a spark
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Unlikely to win Suede many new followers, but it should convince any fans of old that their vitality is restored and they are at the peak of their powers once more
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  10. 7.0 |   The Music

    A fascinating and rewarding album with plenty to revel in on its surface while also offering a deep well of poetry and drama to explore at length
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The theme is of childhood terrors and is described by themselves as, “unpleasant, Suede should be unpleasant”. And yet, they still can’t help but somehow sound uplifting, which is probably a good thing
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  12. 6.0 |   NME

    On their eighth album, Brett Anderson and co. take the road less travelled, exploring rural decay with cinematic lushness
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  13. 6.0 |   The FT

    The band employ an impasto of sounds and concoct a melodramatic rock choral with a heavy dose of eastern mysticism
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  14. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The Blue Hour is never dull, although in an age of playlist-friendly immediacy it’s hard to imagine its appeal stretching far beyond already committed fans
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