The Blue Hour (album)

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The Blue Hour
Suede The Blue Hour.jpg
Studio album by Suede
Released 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Recorded 2017–2018
Studio Assault & Battery, London
Genre
Length 51:36
Label Warner Music UK
Producer
Suede chronology
Night Thoughts
(2016)
The Blue Hour
(2018)
Singles from The Blue Hour
  1. "The Invisibles"
    Released: 3 June 2018
  2. "Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You"
    Released: 12 July 2018
  3. "Life Is Golden"
    Released: 15 August 2018
  4. "Flytipping"
    Released: 14 September 2018

The Blue Hour is the eighth studio album by English alternative rock band Suede. The album was released on 21 September 2018.[1][2]

This album marked the first since A New Morning not to be produced by longtime producer Ed Buller, and also the first Suede album to be produced by Alan Moulder.[3]

Background[edit]

After the critical and commercial success with their previous album, Night Thoughts, the band started recording of the album in 2017 with new producer Alan Moulder at Assault & Battery Studios in London. The band finished the recording of the album in February 2018, shortly after the recording of orchestra sessions was finished, later finished the mixing in April, announcing the album, release date, tracklisting and artwork at the end of that month along with their testing press of the album at Abbey Road studios.

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was announced on 28 April 2018 with the mysterious title, #Suede8 through their Instagram, before they revealed the official title on 30 April 2018 via a video trailer on their Instagram and YouTube, along with their 2018 UK and Europe Tour[4]

Just over a week before its release, the band uploaded their final trailer with the backsong "Flytipping" through their social media and YouTube.

The first promotional single, "The Invisibles", was released on 3 June 2018. The second single, "Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You" was released on 12 July 2018. The third single, "Life Is Golden" was released on 15 August 2018. The accompanying music video featured the Ukrainian ghost town Pripyat. The fourth single, "Flytipping" was released on 14 September 2018.

The album was released in a number of different versions:

  • Standard physical & digital release – contains of the album tracks.
  • Deluxe Box Set – contains of the album tracks on CD and LP, along with a CD of instrumental tracks, a 7" vinyl with the bonus track "Manipulation", a DVD with commentary from the band and Alan Moulder and the entirety of the album's artwork.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Clash8/10[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
The Independent5/5 stars[9]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[10]
Mojo3/5 stars[11]
NME3/5 stars[12]
Q3/5 stars[13]
The Sydney Morning Herald3.5/5 stars[14]
Uncut8/10[15]

The Blue Hour was released to positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, The Blue Hour has an average score of 77 based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."As One"4:10
2."Wastelands"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
5:31
3."Mistress"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
3:23
4."Beyond the Outskirts"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
4:06
5."Chalk Circles"
  • Anderson
  • Codling
2:04
6."Cold Hands"
  • Anderson
  • Codling
3:16
7."Life Is Golden"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
  • Codling
3:57
8."Roadkill"
  • Anderson
  • Codling
2:06
9."Tides"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
4:08
10."Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
4:24
11."Dead Bird"
  • Anderson
  • Codling
0:26
12."All the Wild Places"
  • Anderson
  • Codling
3:15
13."The Invisibles"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
  • Codling
4:09
14."Flytipping"
  • Anderson
  • Oakes
  • Codling
6:41
Total length:51:36

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[16] 58
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[18] 29
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[19] 49
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 52
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 37
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 32
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[23] 37
Irish Albums (IRMA)[24] 22
Italian Albums (FIMI)[25] 40
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[26] 38
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[28] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 48
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 44
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copsey, Rob (30 April 2018). "Suede announce new album The Blue Hour". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Suede Prep New LP, 'The Blue Hour'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  3. ^ "SUEDE :: Banda anuncia novo álbum para setembro". Urge | Música, Filmes, Séries, Games (in Portuguese). 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  4. ^ YouTube trailer
  5. ^ a b "The Blue Hour by Suede Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Blue Hour - Suede". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  7. ^ James, Gareth (20 September 2018). "Suede - The Blue Hour". Clash. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  8. ^ Turner, Luke (21 September 2018). "Suede: The Blue Hour review – a wild ride into a rural nightmare". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  9. ^ Beaumont, Mark (20 September 2018). "Album reviews: Suede – The Blue Hour, Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim". The Independent. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  10. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (21 September 2018). "Orchestral manoeuvres with a spark". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  11. ^ Perry, Andrew (October 2018). "Suede – The Blue Hour". Mojo. No. 299. United Kingdom. p. 93.
  12. ^ Trendell, Andrew (19 September 2018). "Suede – 'The Blue Hour' review". NME. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  13. ^ Barton, Laura (October 2018). "Pomp and Circumstance". Q. No. 390. United Kingdom. p. 118.
  14. ^ Divola, Barry (24 September 2018). "Suede - Tthe Blue Hour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  15. ^ Wray, Daniel Dylan (October 2018). "Suede – The Blue Hour". Uncut. United Kingdom. p. 34.
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  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Suede – The Blue Hour" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201839 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Suede – The Blue Hour" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Suede: The Blue Hour" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Suede – The Blue Hour" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 39. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Suede". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Suede – The Blue Hour". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  26. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Suede – The Blue Hour". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  28. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Suede – The Blue Hour". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  29. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Suede – The Blue Hour". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Suede – The Blue Hour". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  31. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 September 2018.