Suede A New Morning (Sony) Suede's long-awaited fifth album is peppered with bright, guitar-driven tunes, but that's something of a heart-breaker for fans of the British band's trademark tortured sound. Suede are among the darlings of Hong Kong music lovers because they were a window through which many local fans first caught a glimpse of international pop-rock. Bernard Butler's glam guitar and Brett Anderson's high-pitched vocal delivery and heart-wrenching, poetic lyrics made 1993's self-titled debut a dark delight. And their epic sophomore release, Dog Man Star (1994), took them to an even wider audience. A New Morning introduces former Strangelove frontman Alex Lee, who takes over keyboards from Neil Codling. And the results are almost too bright and upbeat to be true. Take the opening Positivity which is reminiscent of She's In Fashion from 2001's Head Music. ('And the morning is for you . . . and the bird sings for you'). Puh-leeease. This is followed by Obsessions, the chorus of which has them coming across more like Manic Street Preachers. Perhaps the band wants to bring its old B-side sound to the world. Money (the 1996 B-side of Beautiful Ones) is like a blueprint of Streetlife and One Hit To The Body recalls The Sound Of The Street. The album's best moments are the ballads Astrogirl and Untitled . . . Morning, as they keep the original spirit of Suede. This is clearly the lads' post-drugs album and we should be delighted for them. But still, I can't help hankering for that good old sad sound.