The Year in Music: The 10 Best Albums of 2016

In a world where certainty seems to have disappeared, music is more vital than ever.

Suede — Night Thoughts

Amongst the year’s least expected comebacks: this masterful late-career work from Suede, a band who appeared until now to have run out of new ideas some time in 1998. Well, that’s not entirely fair — their 2013 reunion album Bloodsports was fine, but it never for a moment suggested that they’d reach the heights they did in their mid-’90s heyday. But Night Thoughts stands right there alongside their best work, full of the bruised, dissipated romanticism that characterized 1993’s Suede and 1994’s Dog Man Star, and accompanied by a feature film that captured the album’s atmosphere (and storyline) perfectly.