- Night Thoughts

Suede - Night Thoughts
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Rank: #126 / 722
USER SCORE
76
Based on
164 ratings

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90
AllMusic

If Dog Man Star threatened to topple upon its own ambition -- part of its charm is how it meandered into endless darkness -- that makes the precision of Night Thoughts all the more impressive; it is the work of a band whose members know precisely how to execute their ideas.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Where similarly grandiose songwriters like Chris Martin and Bono flail at balancing the huge and intimate, the personal and mass appeal, Anderson strikes the perfect balance on Night Thoughts.

80
Exclaim!
Suede establish and uphold the album's gravitas with the type of symphonic grandiosity we've come to anticipate from them.
80
Spin

Night Thoughts honors Suede’s longstanding place in Brit-rock history as theatrical brooders with a penchant for pop and post-punk, while also celebrating the five-piece’s growth by supplying listeners with another round of swirling dance ballads and operatic, Dog Man Star-ry ruminations.

80
The Guardian

Night Thoughts is literally cinematic – it was written to accompany a film – but is also a standalone art-rock piece that adds another dimension to Suede’s universe.

80
DIY
‘Night Thoughts’ is expansive and enchanting. With spine-chilling orchestral movements, dazzling guitars, and iconic vocals at the forefront, the album is a return to the boundary-pushing form that has always served Suede so well.
80
Drowned in Sound

Suede have always made music that is worth taking notice of, but with Night Thoughts the band have given us their first essential album in 20 years.

80
musicOMH

It retains all that made them great in the first place – the swooning choruses, the punchy guitars, the massive productions – but at the same time offers proof of elegance and grace as their maturity grows.

80
NME
This time, Suede sound bolder, brave and better than they have in over 20 years.
80
Mojo

They might not be able to change the past, but Night Thoughts is the work of a band very much at home in the here and now, all the while looking forward. Still something else, still something wonderful.

80
PopMatters

Night Thoughts is easily the band’s finest album since 1996’s Coming Up, and one could make a strong argument it comes close to their 1994 masterpiece Dog Man Star. Very close.

80
NOW Magazine
Youthful dreams brushing up against the cold, hard anxieties of adulthood are a constant theme, one the band takes to dramatic heights with extravagantly soaring riffs and strings.
75
Pitchfork

It’s a record about addiction, to be sure, but to an intoxicant more elusive, potent, and damaging than any street drug: desire. And like any stimulant, the highs are ecstatic and the lows are crushing.

75
Consequence of Sound

Night Thoughts is a fine entry in their already strong discography.

70
Rolling Stone
Suede's realest, most human effort yet.
70
Clash
'Night Thoughts' is far from easy listening, but it's further proof that Suede's renaissance shows no sign of losing momentum.
70
Paste

At this point, they’re not leading the vanguard of Britpop but simply recording music for the sake of it, and it’s very good music at that. It just feels more like a companion piece to Bloodsports rather than a move forward.

58
Pretty Much Amazing

Suede’s comeback so far circumvents the more embarrassing moments of their discography by aiming for their self-titled debut sans the tune or the orchestral drama of Dog Man Star without the darkness; taking absolutely zero chances in between because they’re smart lads who know their fans want to hear the old sounds a second time.

55
Under The Radar
This is haunting; the black and blue shadows of a new territory
Feb 2, 2016
Newstedko
92
I like that they stay with their 90s style. Together with modern sound and anthems - outstanding album !
Feb 1, 2016
100
Great album. Dark, epic and wise. Experimental parts are really interesting. The Fur & The Feathers is out of this world.
Feb 7, 2016
95
I've been an American fan from the very beginning, as a teenager in the suburbs of NYC. My heart was crushed when Suede went on hiatus. While I was excited for the release of Bloodsports, I didn't feel the same enthusiasm after one listen as I did with Night Thoughts. It's clear Brett got his demon back. I've had the album on constant repeat for days and likely will for weeks to come.
Feb 5, 2016
Sinestroll
90
★★★★★: When You Are Young • Outsiders • What I'm Trying to Tell You • Like Kids

Best Whammy Bar: No Tomorrow
Jun 4, 2016*
zaxapitsa
90
All songs connect beautifully like a stream of night thoughts, precisely. The result is much more than the sum of its parts, a masterclass on how to structure an old-school album. Naive and mature, intimate and epic, fragile and solid, brilliant stuff... and I've always hated Suede.
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Track List
  1. When You Are Young
  2. Outsiders
  3. No Tomorrow
  4. Pale Snow
  5. I Don’t Know How To Reach You
  6. What I’m Trying To Tell You
  7. Tightrope
  8. Learning To Be
  9. Like Kids
  10. I Can’t Give Her What She Wants
  11. When You Were Young
  12. The Fur & The Feathers 


Added on: September 7, 2015