Weather Diaries
Ride - Weather Diaries
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2017 Rank: #374 / 628
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
June 16, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Wichita / Label
Shoegaze / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound
This is an LP you can live in and get to know over time, but what ultimately shines through ‘Weather Diaries’ is Ride’s warmth and respect for their own band – it’s clear they were intent on doing everything right this time.
90
The Line of Best Fit
The importance of Ride has naturally increased as the appetite for shoegaze has gathered pace over the past two decades, and similarly to Slowdive’s excellent recently released fourth album, we have a record here which proves to be an unexpected career highlight, the quality of which, although hoped for, wasn’t expected.
85
Paste

Ride have wisely sidestepped retreading old ground by using an updated sonic palette for a furiously fun, endlessly listenable record in Weather Diaries.

80
Exclaim!

In keeping with their tradition, Weather Diaries is yet another Ride album unique from the rest. What's most remarkable about this one though is that it's as inventive and dynamic as anything else they've done.

80
PopMatters

Whichever model of Ride one is expecting, and however closely Weather Diaries gets to such expectations, they’ve succeeded at moving past the “heritage’ tour stage and have planted their feet on new ground.

80
The Guardian
It’s all tidily done, and there’s barely a misstep, but it’s notable that the album’s two best tracks – the woozy jangle of Cali and the skyscraping closer White Sands – are the ones that trade on the band’s shoegazy past glories. Sometimes the old ways are the best.
80
Alternative Press
For their first new album in over two decades, this U.K. quartet don’t dare to try and replicate past glories. Just as their 2015 reunion tour proved, they’re approaching the “dream pop” sound they helped cultivate in the ’90s with well-earned maturity and some fresh influences such as ambient electronica and modern strains of psychedelic rock.
80
DIY
Though ‘Weather Diaries’ is a solid effort from a band trying to balance their mastery of shoegaze with other, outside elements, the strongest tracks on ‘Weather Diaries’ are when the band fully embrace the skeleton of the songwriting formula they’d perfected over two decades ago.
80
Under The Radar

In the scheme of things, Weather Diaries may only be the band's third best LP; however, when it's coming in behind Nowhere and Going Blank Again, two of the most worshiped discs of the shoegaze era, deserving mention within the same breath is no small feat.

80
The Skinny

Ride's fifth album is something of a triumph and infinitely better than many a fan could have hoped for. Almost 30 years on those vapour trails show no sign of fading just yet.

75
A.V. Club

Weather Diaries is both recognizably Ride and a logical, tasteful update of its sound.

70
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.
70
God Is in the TV
At least 70% of this album is bloody brilliant and that, 25 years after their last great album, is little short of a miracle in itself.
70
Clash
‘Weather Diaries’ was tasked with shattering the weight held within 21 years of dormancy, and if it stands as an example of anything, it’s that, outside of overshadowing soundscape and kaleidoscopic-kissing tapestry, Ride still hold a vice-grip control over their illusion.
70
AllMusic
Ultimately, compared to their 1996 sendoff, this is more like it.
67
Consequence of Sound
For those who already believe, it represents a promising comeback that, while never fully hitting the marks set for it by time or the band’s own peers, points to even more inventive, invigorated music on a horizon that likely isn’t another two decades away.
65
GIGsoup

The first songs to be released from the album “Lannoy Point” and “Charm Assault” showed promise, but the album doesn’t quite deliver.

65
Prefix

The best parts are worthy contributions to their catalog, and worth the price of admission here. But as a whole, Weather Diaries isn’t the brilliant Ride return fans might hope for.

63
Pitchfork

Weather Diaries actually has enough individual moments over its 11 tracks to suggest that new Ride could work. But these are sadly surrounded by too many wobbles, missteps, and poor decisions to make the case for Weather Diaries as a great comeback album.

60
musicOMH
It lacks that sprinkling of stardust to make it special, but after the valedictory bitter taste of Tarantula, it’s good to have Ride back and evidently enjoying themselves again.
60
Crack Magazine

Weather Diaries channels Ride’s classic LPs like Nowhere and Going Blank Again and peppers the formula with renewed energy.

60
No Ripcord

Some of Weather Diaries sounds a bit thin, as the album's vibrant singles come off as outdated recreations of old songs with some unnecessary polish. It isn’t short of ideas, though, which suggests that Ride are on their way to better refining their latest chapter.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

There’s an attempt here to go back to the relative atmosphere of at least Going Blank Again, but the resulting music ends up sounding like the more reverb-heavy, turn-of-the-millennium British art-rock bands.

Jun 16, 2017
GoldenChords
74
There is a new Ride album out today lol
Oct 24, 2017
100
just offsetting scumbag reviews
Sep 12, 2017
Felindie
80
A decent record with some outstanding tracks
Fav Tracks: Lannoy Point, Charm Assault
Jul 18, 2017
VinylHound83
82
Lannoy Point - 100/100
Charm Assault - 90/100
All I Want - 75/100
Home Is a Feeling - 75/100
Weather Diaries - 80/100
Rocket Silver Symphony - 60/100
Lateral Alice - 80/100
Cali - 95/100
Integration Tape - 70/100
Impermanence - 80/100
White Sands - 95/100

Overall Rating: 900 out of 1,100 = 82%

Overall Opinion: My first review was pretty lazy. I went back in a different mood, energy level and mind set and gave this record a full spin. I really enjoyed a lot of the tracks, even some of the ... read more
Jun 25, 2017
PJ_0707
69
Decent comeback for Ride, Weather Systems is a return to form that still sounds forward thinking, giving Ride a fresh contemporary sound. However, even though there are enough pleasant moments throughout, I find it a little lackluster, There isn't anything immediately memorable to warrant a return.
END OF YEAR LISTS
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Track List
  1. Lannoy Point
  2. Charm Assault
  3. All I Want
  4. Home Is a Feeling
  5. Weather Diaries
  6. Rocket Silver Symphony
  7. Lateral Alice
  8. Cali
  9. Integration Tape
  10. Impermanence
  11. White Sands
Contributions By
patton, thisisabtlgrnd, philthy


Added on: March 23, 2017