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Released: March 29, 1993

Rating: 4.411 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: alternative rock/Britpop

Quotable: “its embrace of trashy pop helped usher in an era of Britpop” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. So Young
  2. Animal Nitrate
  3. She’s Not Dead
  4. Moving
  5. Pantomime Horse
  6. The Drowners
  7. Sleeping Pills
  8. Breakdown
  9. Metal Mickey
  10. Animal Lover
  11. The Next Life


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 100,000


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Drowners (5/23/92) #49 UK
  • Metal Mickey (9/26/92) #17 UK, #7 MR
  • Animal Nitrate (3/6/93) #7 UK
  • So Young (5/29/93) #22 UK


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Nationwide Mercury Prize – UK award for Album of the Year. Click to go to Mercury site.

“Borrowing heavily from David Bowie and the Smiths, Suede forge a distinctively seductive sound on their eponymous album. Guitarist Bernard Butler has a talent for crafting effortlessly catchy, crunching glam hooks like the controlled rush of Metal Mickey and the slow, sexy grind of The Drowners, but he also can construct grand, darkly romantic soundscapes like the sighing "Sleeping Pills" and the tortured Pantomime Horse” (Erlewine).

“What brings these elegant sounds to life is Brett Anderson, who invests them with bed-sit angst and seamy sex. Anderson’s voice is calculatedly affected and theatrical, but it fits the grand emotion of his self-consciously poetic lyrics. Suede are working-class lads striving for glamour, and they achieve it by piecing together remnants of the past with pieces of the present, never forgetting the value of a strong hook in the process” (Erlewine).

“While the sound of Suede frequently recalls the peak of glam rock, its punk-influenced passion and self-conscious appropriation of the past make it thoroughly postmodern. Coincidentally, its embrace of trashy pop helped usher in an era of Britpop, but few bands captured the theatrical melancholy that gave Suede such resonance” (Erlewine).

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Last updated November 14, 2008.