Suede: Night Thoughts – Album of the year ’16

Featured in Epigram’s 2016 album of the year list

Vulnerable, exultant, brooding, celebratory. Suede’s Night Thoughts sees the band at their most cohesive and tenacious yet. Seemingly emboldened by 2013 comeback Bloodsports, the band’s seventh offering is sonically complex but not obtuse from the very opening bars of ‘When You Are Young’. Night Thoughts is a masterclass in track order; each song melts seamlessly into the next as if they are linked by an underlying silk thread. Although it is almost easier to see the album as a single, triumphant entity, what makes Night Thoughts so special is the way in which the anthemic ‘Outsiders’ and ‘Like Kids’ lie so comfortably alongside more tender and vulnerable material, like ‘Learning to Be’ and ‘I Can’t Give Her What She Wants’.

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