- Weather Diaries

Ride - Weather Diaries
CRITIC SCORE
73
Based on 20 reviews
2017 Rank: #199 / 347
USER SCORE
75
Based on
25 ratings

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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.

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.

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.

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
Jun 20, 2017
JustAReflektor
16
Up to 1800 the moor remained largely barren and the few roads across it were dangerous.
Jun 20, 2017
80
The highs are super high on this and the lows aren't that bad. Favorite track is Charm Assault.
Jun 19, 2017
thinwhiteduke
68
This album got squashed by the Lorde and Fleet Foxes releases on the same day. It's a more than serviceable comeback album with some real bangers (Lannoy Point, All I Want, Weather Diaries, and Cali), but some of the tracks border on generic rock fare (Charm Assault). It doesn't reinvent the wheel by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a solid entry into their canon.
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June 16, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Wichita / Label
Shoegaze / Genres
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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
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Added on: March 23, 2017