Suede - Coming Up (Sony) Throwing their alternative roots out of the window, Suede have released their most commercial effort to date in Coming Up. The album is a stark contrast to the gothic and gloomy 1994 album Dog Man Star, full of bubbly pop and optimistic lyrics. The guitar band have gone hi-tech, recruiting a keyboard player to help move away from the melancholic style of their first two releases. Coming Up opens with Trash, on which the band have based their hit single hopes but coming off sounding like a David Bowie mid-1970s B-side. Its follow-up Filmstar follows suit with both songs heavily hook-laden with lyrics verging on snide. Beautiful Ones is a highlight, featuring more of the trashy sound which made them famous but most of these songs, particularly Saturday Night and She, might sound at home on a Mariah Carey album with their string sections. Producer Ed Buller sounds like he's under orders to make them sound alternative to the alternative! This bizarre album will make or break the band's future.