The Tears

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 June, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 June, 2005, 12:00am

The Tears

The Tears


Here's a little aural equivalent of the cola taste test: Play The Tears end to end and then Suede's Dog Man Star and see if you can tell the difference.

My guess is that, unless you're deaf, related to any members of either band or just a plain contrarian, you'll notice little or no difference. And here's the reason: They're exactly the same band. Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler were the Mick and Keef of the early 90s when, as the driving force behind Suede, they started the Britpop phenomenon.

Drugs, terrible haircuts and big ego clashes (how unusual) soon got the better of them and they split acrimoniously, Anderson to limp along with a sub-standard Suede (witness 1999's tiresome Head Music) and Butler to a solo career that immediately nose-dived into mental breakdown.

Unsurprisingly, with both projects dead before they even walked, a decade later the two realised they were no good apart and, for the sake of their bank balances, reconvened. And it's just as well they did. Whatever the skinny twits say, The Tears is Suede back at their best. In fact, it's what Suede should have released instead of Head Music. It's great - only it's 10 years too late. This time around, nobody really cares. They've missed the boat.

In terms of content, Anderson's irritating falsettos and ridiculous lyrics (how many more times is he going to rhyme 'magazine' with 'scene' for gawd's sake) are still there. Thankfully, so is Butler's wonderful guitar work.