Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky

Porridge Radio - Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2022 Ratings: #51 / 397
User Score
Based on 279 ratings
2022 Ratings: #136
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Dork
Like a diamond formed under a weight of expectation, instead it’s quite possibly the most concentrated form of everything that makes the band special to date.
90
DIY
It might be riddled with hurt but its takeaway feels a lot like hope.
90
The Line of Best Fit

Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky is a brilliantly crafted album. Stylistically, all 12 tracks feel brilliantly stitched together, and the album as a whole is a complete standout for Porridge Radio as a band.

90
Gigwise

Porridge Radio have picked up FROM where they left us on Every Bad, now with added maturity and vulnerability.

89
Paste
On the Brighton four-piece’s excellent new record, they expand their massive sound in new and surprising ways.
81
Beats Per Minute
Where the band’s first few projects were the manifestations of a numbed mind, body and soul, their latest is the profound exhalation of pent-up passion — a result of holding breath for far too long. To breathe is to feel.
80
Loud and Quiet
Existentialism is hard, but the search is worth it when it sounds as good as this.
80
musicOMH
The band’s third album has a raw power which has the ability, at times, to stop you in your tracks. It’s also their best work to date.
80
Exclaim!
While some might see this as a barrier to a more mature sound, Porridge Radio delight in these universal growing pains that ultimately reveal a greater vulnerability, born of not having it all figured out yet.
80
NME
The Brighton band, led by Dana Margolin's excoriating vocals and darkly magnetic lyrics, continue to prove uniquely compelling with album three.
80
AllMusic
When paired with its predecessor, it solidifies Porridge Radio as a go-to band for existential dread.
80
The Observer

Frontwoman Dana Margolin deep dives into heartbreak in the Brighton band’s entrancing follow-up to 2020’s Every Bad.

80
Record Collector
The quartet take another stride towards the big time.
79
Pitchfork
Broadening its sound and tightening its lyrical focus, the Brighton post-punk band conjures mantras of despair and anthems of pure frustration.
65
Under The Radar

Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky certainly isn’t the most groundbreaking record musically but Porridge Radio is certainly innovative in approach and original in delivery and have made an ambitious and compelling record that demands attention, but at times is not an easy listen.

60
Mojo
Crushing catharsis makes for an uneasy listen.
marvelgaryen
41

Honestly how did they came from an album like 'Every Bad' to this sort of wannabe trash Arcade Fire vibes?!

depechemode4lif
58

This was a let down. Honestly, this whole project felt like a blur and pales in comparison to their debut. Their debut had such a unique and consistently compelling vibe... this was just very mid.

orangedroog65
94

They threw some churchy synth organs in the porridge this time around! Full review for this one coming soon!

AllChup
60

It's very difficult to evaluate here, I've listened to it many times, it seems like nothing new, but everything seems to be different, a very good band, and a good album.

CYM
68

Parecen más calmados aunque canciones como Back To the Radio o Birthday Party no lo sean. En general, las canciones son tranquilas, no estridentes. Quitando la aburrida Splintered o la introducción del primer tema, es un disco que resulta agradable de escuchar.
Mejores temas: Back To the Radio, Un Can Be Happy If U Want To y The Rip.

Jakey3500
60

Back To The Radio is a great song to kick off the album after the intro and it’s definitely my favorite song on the album, but after that most of the songs kind of fall flat for me or are just plain boring.

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Added on: February 20, 2022