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  • Band members: The London Suede
  • Summary: The first release from the Britpop band in 11 years was produced by Ed Buller.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    100
    Bloodsports is bleeding good.
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    Decade-long hiatus or no decade-long hiatus, Bloodsports finds Suede in exactly its element.
  3. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    This is a galvanising return. [Apr 2013, p.96]
  4. 80
    Suede sound like Suede again. [Apr 2013, p.97]
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    76
    Throughout Bloodsports, Suede consistently strikes the balance between decadence and elegance that marked their signature work.
  6. 70
    Bloodsports finally provides the send-off Suede’s legacy deserved 10 years ago. And, fittingly, it’s due to them thumbing their noses at the notion of growing old gracefully, and making brilliantly daft pop music instead.
  7. Mar 13, 2013
    60
    Suede deserve some credit for being one of the few reunited bands to actually risk their reputation by recording a new album and whilst there is nothing on 'Bloodsports' as gloriously epic as 'Stay Together' or as bat-shit crazy as 'Introducing The Band', it should be viewed as a partial success.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    Amazing comeback! Emotional, elegant, dark and complex. Even better than Coming Up. Brett and co. are stronger than ever. They did it again. Support Bloodsports! Expand
  2. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    Remarkable ballads It´s the first time I hear Suede and I like it a lot What are you not telling me ,Hit Me Faultlines, Sabotage ,etc i also like the voice of Brett Anderson and the guitar of Bernard Butler are perfect for the songs I can imagine a duet maybe for one ballad (Adele*) I like Bloodsports A+ Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2013
    10
    Comeback Suede! Great pop record with two different emotions. Maybe It's their best record since Dog Man Star. With Neil Codling's participation on rhythm guitar part, the record finally sounds like the original four-piece. Expand
  4. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    Great!! Best Suede album since Dog Man Star!!!!!!A sweeping album, the sleazy stomp of Hit Me and Always finds Suede in raunchy form as in their heyday. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    9
    A wonderful comeback! Brett Anderson showing that he is the force behind the band. I really hope that this is not merely for the nostalgic ones like myself, but, instead, many new funs will appear. Expand
  6. Mar 21, 2013
    9
    Great album. most of their songs could find a place in their former works, even in the Anderson-Butler era. I'm enjoying "For the Strangers", "Hit Me" and "Sometimes I Feel..." specially. Good to have Suede back again. Expand
  7. Mar 19, 2013
    8
    A wonderful return to form for the London Suede. The sound seems to capture what a hybrid of dogman star and coming up might materialize. Anderson still shows he has his singing shops in tact, the rest of the band play their parts well. Chemistry seems to be present.

    The course of the record is covered in a generous layer of the delicious glam we've come to know and love them for.

    This album sees the band through a maturation process of sorts, if thats the appropriate thing to say. Any fan of the london suede will want to give this album a listen.

    Only points off overall were personal in nature, in that I was hoping for a touch more innovation from what we know in their catalogue, nevertheless this is a personal opinion.
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