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Weather Diaries

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Weather Diaries

Fifth studio album by Oxford alt.rock / shoegaze quartet and first release since 1996's Tarantula, produced by Erol Alkan

ADM rating[?]

6.9

Label
Wichita
UK Release date
16/06/2017
US Release date
16/06/2017
  1. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s incredibly satisfying to hear a band reform and sound completely reinvigorated
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    To compare this to their first two albums is silly - bands and entire genres were formed off the back of those records - but does Weather Diaries sit up there with them? Absolutely
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  3. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    Weather Diaries feels like the rightful heir to Going Blank Again, which, until now, was the band's creative highpoint
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  4. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The more immediate first half stuffs the album’s three singles one after the other while the second half offers a longer sonic odyssey for listeners to parse through
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    As inventive and dynamic as anything else they've done
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  6. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Shoegaze heroes broaden their horizons
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Oxford’s dreaming sons erase their ending with an album that is fondly unfamiliar and more rewarding for it
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    The band harness their greatest strengths as they aim to step outside their comfort zone
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  9. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The production is slick, but the songs are more intricately arranged than ever before and their hook-filled melodies—always Ride's most underappreciated weapon—have been pulled to the surface
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Something of a triumph and infinitely better than many a fan could have hoped for
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  11. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Ride redeems its squandered past with the promising comeback
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  12. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It sounds a lot like Going Blank Again, it has big noisy pop songs, it has dreamy ballads, and it’s really very very good indeed
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  13. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘Weather Diaries’ stays true to the band’s textured presentation and time-worn melodies, but it also smooths over some of the edges that could have made it essential
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    Ride still hold a vice-grip control over their illusion
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  15. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A promising comeback whose momentum runs out a little too early
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  16. 6.5 |   Gig Soup

    File this album under “almost, but not quite”
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  17. 6.5 |   Prefix

    Ride's first album in over two decades has some brilliant highs, but can also get bogged down in atmosphere
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  18. 6.4 |   Earbuddy

    Ultimately, Weather Diaries adds to Ride’s discography in a positive way
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  19. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    Promising but never quite satisfying
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  20. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Perhaps another classic will come in the next few years, but, for now, it’s good to have the Oxford foursome back and refusing to rest on their considerable laurels
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  21. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It is clear Ride are very happy as a living band again and not just purveyors of nostalgia
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  22. 6.0 |   The Music

    Not likely to considered alongside their finest, but a welcome return nonetheless
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  23. 6.0 |   Q

    It aims to reboot and modernise the chiming atmospherics of their debut. Print edition only

  24. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Leaves a warm afterglow. Print edition only

  25. 6.0 |   music OMH

    On balance this is a more than respectable return to form from the Oxford quartet
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  26. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    A ride through the tried and tested
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  27. 6.0 |   The Observer

    It flickers, but doesn’t quite catch fire
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  28. 6.0 |   Crack

    An assured comeback and should appeal both to those who followed Ride back in the day and the kids who’ve worked backwards from their new favourite bands to study their influences
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  29. 4.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Weather Diaries only belies a sense of time-taking when it comes to texture, and it doesn’t exhibit any of the hallmark textures of shoegaze
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