Catfish & The Bottlemen - The Ride
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #881 / 916
User Score
Based on 149 ratings
2016 Ratings: #458
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.

These guys just released the same damn album all over again

Ok, I don't want to dislike this band, I seriously don't, the songs I enjoy from them are actually really solid tracks that I like coming back to, but the prime issue with their music is that it's just way too generic. I mean, I know Indie Rock isn't the most inspired and innovative genre, but, there are at least some bands that try, unlike these guys that decided to release a sequel that recycles every single aspect of the ... read more
"Oxygen's overrated
I don't even need to breathe"

All the albums of the band are like continuation of each other, luckily I like this melody they caught :) But they still need innovations for their future albums.

Fav Songs: 7, Oxygen, Red
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
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.
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.
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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