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Sci-Fi Lullabies (2 Cd-Set)
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
This compilation of singles and B-sides from 1992 to 1997 from the impassioned Suede (add the "London" for the Yanks, please) reveals the evolution of a band whose legacy will outlast the hectic number of British darlings ... more »
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This compilation of singles and B-sides from 1992 to 1997 from the impassioned Suede (add the "London" for the Yanks, please) reveals the evolution of a band whose legacy will outlast the hectic number of British darlings who grace the cover of New Musical Express. Bandleader Brett Anderson's accomplished vocals, ranging from his patented soulful falsetto to folksinger sincerity, virtually defines the band, but the song-craft is truly accomplished. Suede pull off the especially difficult trick of paying homage to the magnificent British pop sound of the '60s without copping it wholesale. The guitars snarl without sneering, subtly spacy guitar effects echo Pink Floyd's early space-rock days, and convenient genre-bound labels crumble; Sci-Fi Lullabies is an excellent summary for fans who have charted their career, and an immersive experience that will turn the uninitiated listener into an addict craving more. --Alan E. Rapp
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Henry Platte | Boston, MA | 04/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dollar-for-dollar, this compilation is a better deal than any of Suede's albums. In some cases, these b-sides are quite a bit stronger than the a-sides they were originally packaged with.The first side is the stronger of the two, with 'To The Birds,' 'High Rising,' 'My Dark Star,' 'Killing of a Flash Boy,' 'Together' and especially 'Europe is our Playground' brushing the sublime. 'But that's almost all the songs on the side,' you might say. Well, yeah.The second side is Suede in their later phase, their grittier, less artistic phase, and while I don't think it led to a decline in the quality of their albums, I do think the b-sides suffered. Still, 'Every Monday Morning,' 'Money' and 'Sadie' are excellent.This is just Suede's best music, simply. A must-have for any collection, and especially for the fan."
Music for the shaved heads, raveheads, and jumble sale mums.
E. Marklewicz | New York | 05/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is hard to believe, but these are the b-sides. 27 shining, melodious masterpieces spanning the greatest incarnations of Suede flavour their blazing accomplishment. From dysphoria and madness of Northern townsfolk to urbane transvestites and exotic undergrounders, Suede forfeits any caution, creating a maddening mixture of pop and rock, modern and classic.
"Sci-Fi Lullabies" reads almost more like a disjointed opera than any old pop band's record. Brett Anderson's heartbreaking melodies and lyrics scream falsettoed angst; the voice of an era.
Passed over by radio and MTV, the miracles on this record have rarely fallen on the inexperienced ear. There is a more sensible, subtler and sophisticated Suede than many have given credit based on previously released material. Though it's not to say Suede falls short on their studio albums- they are brilliant- but free from pressures and in-band fighting the freeform menagerie sensually emanating from the speakers is innocent and raw.
Suede does on "Sci-Fi Lullabies" what Suede does best- dramatics, sexual perversion, heroin dirges, and flashboy murders. And every track is a winner to every loser."
A B-Sides collection that contains A-Side worthy materal!
Sakos | United States | 06/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sci-Fi Lullabies is Suede's b-sides compilation, encompassing 1992-1997. However, it is also one of Suede's best albums, including songs that, beyond being worthy enough to be A-sides in their own right, could have enhanced any of the albums they might have appeared on. Disc 1 focuses mainly on Bernard Butler-era material while Disc 2 takes in the Richard Oakes era. Superlative cuts include My Insatiable One, To the Birds, He's Dead, The Living Dead, Modern Boys, Together, Young Men, WSD, and Sadie."