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‘Life Is Golden’ is the first official single from Suede’s upcoming ‘The Blue Hour’ album, But it’s actually the third song released from the record following the orchestral, Morricone-influenced ‘The Invisibles’ and the rockier ‘Don’t Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You’. 
‘Life Is Golden’ is typically epic and widescreen of recent Suede records, underpinned by a fantastic, melodic chorus. The lyrics are poignant and uplifting, telling a child that a part of their parent will always be with them. your one hope is things will be better for your children than you experienced them, and this song perfectly encapsulates that, making it all the impactful to me. 

The refrain of “You’re never alone” is a lovely nod to Bowie’s ‘Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide’, and the video filmed in Pripyat, Ukraine, a town that was quickly abandoned in 1986 after the Chernobyl disaster, works seamlessly with the track. ‘Life Is Golden’ not only makes it a hat-trick of excellent releases from the album, it might just be their best song since the band got back together in 2010, which bodes well for the upcoming ‘The Blue Hour’ album.

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Suede are:
Brett Anderson,
Neil Codling,
Simon Gilbert,
Richard Oakes,
Mat Osman,

Suede’s new album ‘The Blue Hour’ is out on September 21st.

Suede will release a new album, The Blue Hour, in September. In a mysterious statement about the album, the British alt-rock band noted that the title references “the time of day when the light is fading and night is closing in.” They also teased the record as “progressive” and “expansive,” adding, “The songs hint at a narrative but never quite reveal it and never quite explain. But as with any Suede album, it’s always about the songwriting. The band, the passion and the noise: ‘The Blue Hour.'”

Their eighth studio album has been produced and mixed by Alan Moulder and is described as “the final part of a triptych of albums recorded by the band since they reformed and released 2013’s Bloodsports“. It will feature a choir, ‘spoken word’ and string arrangements by Craig Armstrong and Neil Codling.

Format-wise, there will be a CD edition (no deluxe), a double vinyl set and a box set. The contents of the latter will be “announced in full at a later date”, so basically they are still working it out. If I were to hazard a guess… I’d expect double vinyl and CD within some kind of book, perhaps with a bonus CD or vinyl offering exclusive audio and maybe some other ‘bits’ (postcards, poster) thrown in.

The Blue Hour will be released on 21st September 2018.

In addition to the options below, HMV have an exclusive BLUE vinyl and the box set listed for £49.99