Night Thoughts

Suede - Night Thoughts
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2016 Ratings: #179 / 926
User Score
Based on 184 ratings
2016 Ratings: #159
January 22, 2016 / Release Date
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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

‘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.
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.


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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

Consequence of Sound

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

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

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.

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.

Under The Radar
This is haunting; the black and blue shadows of a new territory
★★★★★: When You Are Young • Outsiders • What I'm Trying to Tell You • Like Kids

Best Whammy Bar: No Tomorrow
I like that they stay with their 90s style. Together with modern sound and anthems - outstanding album !
Great album. Dark, epic and wise. Experimental parts are really interesting. The Fur & The Feathers is out of this world.
"Night Thoughts" isn't much different from their previous albums, they followed the same formula, but this time around, the songwriting and the production are overall better. The album cares something from the gleaming sound of their essential 90s records, but it's not an album that is filled completely with nostalgia. There is ambition behind this work, it's not like the band said: We release a new album, and by the way check our real great albums from the 90s.

Highlights: ... read more
if Bloodsports was Suede's glorious return to the pop/rock fray, this was Suede's return to artistic grandeur. While the songs aren't as immediately catchy as much of Bloodsports is (that album feeling like the natural successor to Coming Up), this feels like the successor to Dog Man Star. The orchestral moments return to add sweeping emotion to the album, while the immediate singles remain intact in "Outsiders" and "When You Are Young" to really make this something ... read more
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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 
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