Catfish & The Bottlemen - The Ride
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #840 / 878
User Score
Based on 140 ratings
2016 Ratings: #735
Liked by 1 person
May 27, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
Pop Rock, Britpop / Genres
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It’s not that deliberation is a bad thing in music—good songs require oodles of thought—but the best music feels effortless to the listener. This album feels like it’s trying too hard to get me to sing along, to partake in transforming its songs into soccer field-sized anthems.
As on their debut, the sound is slick and polished and the songs are snappy and unpretentious, but there’s a lack of wit or invention. More tellingly, while McCann might boast of having written “hundreds” of songs, he’s yet to pen a bona fide classic.
Even if Catfish & the Bottlemen don't bring much to the table, they know how to follow a blueprint without missing a beat.
Consequence of Sound
Catfish and the Bottlemen have made a record that will sell, but not one that will linger.
The Guardian

Some albums offer a mouthwatering smorgasbord of ideas and possibilities. The Ride dishes up meat and potatoes served 12 ways.

there’s nothing I can really say about this band that I haven’t already slated them for on my twitter but their sophomore effort is even more dull and unoriginal than I had anticipated. The Ride represents everything wrong with indie rock music at the moment: bland instrumentals with even worse vocals and no sense of any real attempt to be inventive that people will happily lap up due to how accessible it is.
Their first LP, "The Balcony" was honestly somewhat enjoyable and pretty catchy, while nothing new or creative. This is literally the same thing, but now it's become tiresome.

Favorite Track: Soundcheck
About 4 years ago Catfish and the Bottlemen were the talk of my town and I really bought into it. Loved their music around that time. Doesn't hold up as well now that ive explored music a lot deeper, they are very accessible and not hugely interesting. Still, this was one of the first bands I really clung to so there's quite an amount of nostalgia in their music for me and I still enjoy the majority of it now. Their first album is better than this one though, the first has the real hits.
7 - 6/10
Twice - 7/10
Soundcheck - 8/10
Postpone - 9/10
Anything - 8/10
Glasgow - 7/10
Oxygen - 5/10
Emily - 7/10
Red - 6/10
Heathrow - 9/10 (could be a Afghan Whigs B side)
Outside - 6/10

Overall Rating: 78 out of 110 = 71%

overall Opinion: This album is weird. It doesn't get better or worse than their first. It does feel a slight less mainstream. It doesn't have that big 10/10 track. But for some reason I like it about the same as the first, even though the second half sounds exactly ... read more
The British foursome with its second album is still wandering around the outskirts of the city with its anthemic but frivolous indie-rock, calculating how to penetrate safely into the center.
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Track List

  1. 7
  2. Twice
  3. Soundcheck
  4. Postpone
  5. Anything
  6. Glasgow
  7. Oxygen
  8. Emily
  9. Red
  10. Heathrow
  11. Outside
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Added on: March 24, 2016