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Album: Head Music
# Song Title   Time
1)    Electricity
2)    Savoir Faire
3)    Can't Get Enough
4)    Everything Will Flow
5)    Down
6)    She's in Fashion
1)    Asbestos
2)    Head Music
3)    Elephant Man
4)    Hi-Fi
5)    Indian Strings
6)    He's Gone
7)    Crack in the Union Jack
 
Album: Head Music
# Song Title   Time
1)    Electricity
2)    Savoir Faire
3)    Can't Get Enough
4)    Everything Will Flow
5)    Down
6)    She's in Fashion
1)    Asbestos
2)    Head Music
3)    Elephant Man
4)    Hi-Fi
5)    Indian Strings
6)    He's Gone
7)    Crack in the Union Jack
 
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Performer Notes
  • The London Suede: Brett Anderson (vocals); Richard Oakes (guitar); Neil Codling (synthesizer); Mat Osman (bass); Simon Gilbert (drums).
  • Neo-swinging London psychedelic popsters are back with a platter of mysterious melodies and lysergic atmospheres recalling the best of many previous eras of rock and pop. The salacious "Can't Get Enough" rocks like a cross between "Ballroom Blitz"-era Sweet and mid-1960s Pink Floyd. The forlorn ballad "Down" recalls pre-glitter Elton John and ZIGGY STARDUST-era David Bowie. The moody/dreamy, mod-ish "Asbestos" wouldn't be out of place in the soundtrack of a mid-1960s romantic spy thriller (the on-the-beach or the sidewalk-cafT scene). Singer Brett Anderson sings a bit like a subdued yet seductive Bono, and the Suede mix trippy-ness, street-rat-wannabe trashy-ness, catchy tunes and crunchy yet restrained rockin' guitars for a distinctive, hedonistic listen. Fans of old and "new" psychedelia should check out this Suede release.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (6/10/99, pp.122-123) - out of 5 - Good - "...HEAD MUSIC finds these glitter gold diggers still on a creative roll....a truly glorious rush of sexy guitar trash."

Spin (7/99, pp.131-2) - 7 (out of 10) - "...HEAD MUSIC embraces the supposed contradiction of rocking out with a dance-music mentor....a hard precision that brings back the brutality of early Suede while lending a complex sheen to simplistic material..."

Q (1/00, p.87) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."

Q (6/99, p.108) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...this, their fourth proper album, is rooted more in rhythms and electronics than their previous offerings....easily - almost effortlessly - their best and most wholly realised album to date..."

Alternative Press (8/99, p.90) - 4 (out of 5) - "...dramatic, fey and fearless as its predecessors....their best album yet..."

Magnet (8-9/99, p.80) - "...most ruefully fantastic....The band's songs...are odes to the utter worthlessness of it all, burnt up on the edges with narcotics and romance....The London Suede is brighter than ever."

CMJ (5/17/99, p.3) - "...The record slams glam-rock into post-punk, leaving only incandescence in its wake....Ranging from hooky rock rampages to woeful symphonic ballads, HEAD MUSIC is a triumphant release...casts these charming men as the prime contenders to save the Britpop empire."

Melody Maker (5/1/99, p.37) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "...quite possibly [their] best 'proper' album....[it] remains suedier than the suediest piece of suede in the World of Suede showrooms. It is, in short, absoruddylutely marvellous..."

Guitar Magazine (7/99, p.96) - "...Anderson's songs have become more blatantly erotic odes to excess, from sex and stardom to drugs and the high life....[he] proves...to be a skilled melody writer..."

NME (Magazine) (5/1/99, p.38) - 7 out of 10 - "...It's sex, it's drugs, it's suburban ennui, it's frequently hilarious....Suede may be writing some of the most exciting pop of their career..."

Pitchfork (Website) - "HEAD MUSIC is neon to COMING UP's day-glo, and it's aged well sonically -- it is easily the band's most underappreciated album."
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