Suede are releasing a new album mere weeks after Bowie did the same—just like in March , when both parties released comeback records following decade-long hiatuses. That said, Suede are like the faithful scions who inherited the old family home, but didn't do much redecoration. Their comeback now assured and their bravado fully restored, with Night Thoughts , Suede once again leap up off the dancefloor to swing from the chandeliers. Several songs bleed into one another through swirling interstitials; the opening track is reprised in the penultimate position, Sgt. The band previewed the album last fall with front-to-back live performances synced up to the film. But the sheer, fetishistic intensity with which Brett Anderson delivers his lascivious lyrics—coupled with the balcony-baiting, pomped-up performance of the band—makes the wounds feel newly opened and the bruises freshly pressed. And depending on your disposition, Night Thoughts concludes with either with a happy ending, or a dispiriting one. Skip to content Search query All Results.
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They could be excused for thinking themselves cruelly unlucky — though that would at least be apt for Night Thoughts , an album which, in best Suede fashion, empathises with the put-upon and overlooked. Some partnerships grow stronger with the increasing familiarity of age; others just breed contempt. But they were mostly about the exotic, transgressive appeal of youthful outsider-dom, while this is stained by the disillusion and regret of age. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium.
But is this the best Suede album yet? For a band so resolutely showy as Suede, their decision to launch seventh album Night Thoughts last November by playing behind a screen that took over the entire width of the Camden Roundhouse was a bold one. As strings and gigantic drums thundered around the venue, footage blinked into life of a man striding, despairing and defiant, into the sea from a British beach. Then, in a beautiful underwater shot, he drowned.
Night Thoughts is the seventh studio album by English alternative rock band Suede. Produced by long-time collaborator Ed Buller , the album was released through Warner Music UK on 22 January to widespread critical acclaim. It was accompanied by a feature film, directed by Roger Sargent. During their tour the band performed from behind a screen on which Sargent's film was projected during the first half of their set. The album is considered by many critics to be the band's finest work since 's Dog Man Star. In January vocalist Brett Anderson revealed that Suede were in the middle of the writing process for a new album.