Bloodsports (album)

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Bloodsports
Studio album by Suede
Released 18 March 2013
Recorded 2012
Genre Alternative rock
Length 39:46
Label Suede Ltd.
Producer Ed Buller
Suede chronology
The Best of Suede
(2010)
Bloodsports
(2013)
Singles from 'Bloodsports'
  1. "It Starts and Ends with You"
    Released: 4 February 2013
  2. "Hit Me"
    Released: 27 May 2013
  3. "For the Strangers"
    Released: 31 October 2013

Bloodsports is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Suede. It was released on 18 March 2013, via Suede ltd. It is their first studio album since A New Morning in 2002.

Background[edit]

Frontman Brett Anderson commented that the album would sound like cross between Dog Man Star and Coming Up.[1] He stated that Bloodsports is "about lust, it's about the chase, it's about the endless carnal game of love. It was possibly the hardest we've ever made but certainly the most satisfying".[2]

The band performed new material in 2011, most of which got scrapped when they went into the studio with Ed Buller, the producer of their first three albums.[3]

In January 2013, Suede released a free download of opening track "Barriers". The first single proper, "It Starts and Ends with You", followed in February.[2][4] Second single "Hit Me" was released in May[5] and a third single, "For the Strangers", was released in October. A 7-inch of "Barriers" marked Record Store Day on 20 April, the studio version of "Animal Nitrate" its b-side.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
Clash 8/10[9]
The Daily Telegraph 5/5 stars[10]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[11]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[12]
Metro 4/5 stars[13]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[14]
NME 7/10[15]
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10[16]
PopMatters 8/10[17]
The Quietus Very favourable[18]
Under the Radar (8.5/10)[19]

Bloodsports has been very well received by critics, their most acclaimed album since Coming Up in 1996. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, based on 27 reviews.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Bloodsports debuted on the Official UK Albums Chart at number 10, making it the band's first top 10 album since Head Music in 1999.[20]

Accolades[edit]

Bloodsports has been included in many Best Albums of 2013 lists including:

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Q UK 50 Albums of the Year 2013 22
ABC News US The 50 Best Albums of 2013 2013 29
Rough Trade UK Top 100 Albums of the Year 2013 67
The Quietus UK Albums of the Year 2013 42
PopMatters US The 75 Best Albums of the Year 2013 57
Allmusic US Best of 2013 - Top 50 Albums 2013 N/A
Under the Radar US Top 125 Albums of 2013 2013 23

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Barriers"   Brett Anderson, Richard Oakes, Neil Codling 3:42
2. "Snowblind"   Anderson, Oakes 4:03
3. "It Starts and Ends with You"   Anderson, Codling 3:51
4. "Sabotage"   Anderson, Codling 3:45
5. "For the Strangers"   Anderson, Oakes, Codling 4:12
6. "Hit Me"   Anderson, Oakes, Codling 4:03
7. "Sometimes I Feel I'll Float Away"   Anderson, Oakes 4:12
8. "What Are You Not Telling Me?"   Anderson, Oakes, Codling 3:12
9. "Always"   Anderson, Oakes, Codling, Simon Gilbert, Mat Osman 4:42
10. "Faultlines"   Anderson, Oakes, Codling 4:05

Personnel[edit]

Suede
Other personnel
  • Jonathan Baron - cover art
  • Ed Buller - engineering, production
  • Dan Gerbarg - mastering
  • Matthew Holroyd - cover art
  • Andy Hughes - engineering
  • Paul-Édouard Laurendeau - engineering
  • Joel Peters - assistant engineering
  • Paul Suarez - engineering
  • Andy Wallace - mixing
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ Author unknown. "Suede Unveil New Album and Live Show Countdown". nme. 30 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b Hart, Tina. "Suede to Release First New Material in 10 Years". MusicWeek. 7 January 2013.
  3. ^ Neighbour, Flora . "Suede Ditch All Material Recorded for New Album". Gigwise. 11 May 2012.
  4. ^ Author unknown. "Suede Reveal Tracklisting For New Album Bloodsports". nme. 16 January 2013.
  5. ^ [1] Suede Announce Release of New Single "Hit Me"
  6. ^ [2] Barriers/Animal Nitrate 7″ – Exclusive Record Store Day 2013
  7. ^ a b "Bloodsports – Suede". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Erlewine , Thomas. "The London Suede / Suede - Bloodsports". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Mayall, Kieran (12 March 2013). "Suede - Bloodsports". Clash. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Brown, Helen (8 March 2013). "Suede, Bloodsports,album review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Nissim, Mayer (1 March 2013). "Suede: 'Bloodsports' - Album review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Hann, Michael (14 March 2013). "Suede: Bloodsports – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Haider, Arwa (15 March 2013). "Suede repackage their Britpop highs to sound classic and vital on Bloodsports". Metro. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Matusavage, Philip (12 March 2013). "Suede – Bloodsports". musicOMH. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Hewitt, Ben (18 March 2013). "Suede - Bloodsports". NME. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Stuart Berman (22 March 2013). "Suede: Bloodsports". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  17. ^ Ramirez, Aj (18 March 2013). "Suede: Bloodsports". Popmatters. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Turner, Luke (15 March 2013). "Suede - Bloodsports". The Quietus. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Trunick, Austin (15 March 2015). "Suede – Bloodsports". Under the Radar. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  20. ^ Author unknown. "Recently reunited indie rockers Suede are back with their first Top 10 album in almost 14 years". Official Charts Company. 24 March 2013.

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