Picks and Pans Review: Suede
Twentysomethings are growing nostalgic, for the tunes of their toddlerhood. Beatlesesque psychedelia and Lou Reed-Neil Young manqués crowd college radio. This English foursome takes a different tack, springing from the platform shoes of such gender-bending '70s glitter rockers as T. Rex and David Bowie.
On their debut album, Suede alternates between lush melodrama and jangly hard pop. Singing as if he's holding back a hiccup, androgynous front man Brett Anderson delivers winking lines like "We kiss in his room to a popular tune." While spirited guitar meets melodious punk spunk on "So Young," dirges like "Sleeping Pills" float through the ether like Bowie's Major Tom. The trip has been taken before, but Suede puts fresh sparkle in the glitter. (Columbia)