For a band that have 19 Top 40 singles and 5 Top 10 albums to their name, Suede have never done things the easy way. Formed around the songwriting partnership of Brett Anderson (lyrics) and Bernard Butler (music), the band released their first single ‘The Drowners’ in 1992 and were almost immediately hailed as the saviours of the then-moribund British music scene. Their first album charted at number one in Britain and won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, and was followed by the stand-alone single, ‘Stay Together’, which peaked at number three. After that, the band’s fortunes sharply declined. During recording of their second album, ‘Dog Man Star’, tensions between Anderson and Butler reached a head, and the guitarist left the band, never to return. The album itself underperformed, and it seemed that, after only a couple of years, Suede had had their day, superseded by the acts that came in their wake.

Against expectations, Suede returned in 1996 with Anderson at the helm of a new line-up and a brace of singles, including ‘Trash’ and ‘Beautiful Ones’, that reaffirmed their chart credentials. Although their fortunes have waxed and waned since then, the band’s latest, ‘Bloodsports’, released this year after a gap of eleven, has been well received. But where does it stand in comparison to the rest of their work? High on diesel and gasoline, or stoned in a lonely town? Coming up, from worst to best…

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This article was first posted on December 2, 2013