The group hit a low point in 2002 when its fifth record, A New Morning, failed to crack the U.K. chart's top 20 and Suede went on to split a year later (03).
Anderson now insists the record should never have been allowed to hit stores, and hopes their soon-to-be-released new album, Bloodsports, will help mend the damage, telling Uncut magazine, "There was a huge amount (at stake with Bloodsports). What was at stake was rescuing the reputation of Suede, really. We probably shouldn't have released that last album (A New Morning); we did the thing we'd always said we'd avoid - releasing a record just to go on tour. It wasn't released with the joy and passion with which records should be released..."
He adds of Bloodsports, which is released in the U.K. in March (13), "I don't think there's any point in coming back and trying to reinvent the band. I wanted it to sound identifiably (sic) like a Suede record. But I didn't want it to sound like self-parody or pastiche."
Anderson evens concedes he nearly quit work on the record when the music wasn't meeting his standards: "About midway through the new record... it really wasn't coming together like I wanted it to. I did toy with the idea of saying, 'Let's not do this, and I'll carry on making solo records.' But that was to do with re-establishing the band chemistry."