For the record, mark, I in no way want to erase the original Coming Up!
The gap between the verses and choruses is one of the reasons I love the new version! For the record, I heard the Coming Up version first
, and I love that album to death, but there are times when, like you said, I don't really want "helium Brett."
(Sort of the same reason I wish Damon Albarn had, at least for one album, toned down the accent a tad
. I mean, I do like Modern Life Is Rubbish, but with different vocalisms...it could have been almighty! Something lovable, instead of just something to admire. But what do I know.
There's a lot more than Brett's voice that separates Suede from most of their peers, imo; their songs completely destroy just about every other Britpop band's material. And Simon & Mat had that perfect sleazy bounce, and Bernard composed those bizarre melodies that were both seedy and romantic, and yes, Brett's amazing voice...
I guess it's the reason I love both Spunk and Never Mind The Bollocks; sometimes I want that guitar soup & falsetto Johnny, sometimes I want a rawer sound and a hoarser Johnny...
I personally don't have anything against the DMS production, but I can see how some people might want a few things tweaked...
Re: Brett's voice live; yes, that's why my favorite live tapes are from the band's early days.
Of course, I never got to see them live, so that might be a factor, but those early shows are just so much better, imo!