They’re not calling it a greatest hits collection -“ Suede haven’t had any hits in Australia -“ and it’s not a best of (the tragics would argue that the band saved their very best work for the albums and B-sides): it’s simply a collection of singles. And what an astounding body of work it is, too. Upfront glam tartiness in Animal Nitrate and Metal Mickey; fuzzbox jiggery-pokery in Lazy and Can’t Get Enough; heart-rending balladry in Stay Together and Positivity: Suede lays it all out like some kind of proof for the musically agnostic.

The band may have left behind some of the pansy posturings of the early 90s in favour of being a credible rock unit these days, but the inclusion of two new tracks on this collection (Attitude and Love The Way You Love -“ both too, too catchy) shows that Suede still know how and when to put it about. Hooray!

Just one complaint: fey frontman Brett Anderson has re-recorded the vocal for the single Trash, replacing his original stretched-out-girlie-whine with a more butch delivery (what was he scared of -“ sounding like Brian Molko?) and it’s not quite as good. Other than that, Singles is fucking impeccable.

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