The Weather
Pond - The Weather
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #230 / 668
User Score
Based on 111 ratings
2017 Ratings: #268
May 5, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Marathon Artists / Label
Kevin Parker / Producer
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Skinny

The Weather is Pond at their most daring – and most sardonic.

80
Exclaim!

Pond still manage to keep you on your toes throughout, bouncing from hypnotic groove to an explosion of sound and back again ... Even after seven albums, the fun and excitement is still there, albeit in a new and changing way.

80
The Guardian

Accessible but still absolutely out there, this is prog, but not as we know it.

80
DIY

No matter how slick POND get, there’ll always be a part of them that’s a little bit bonkers.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Rarely have they sounded so good.

80
Drowned in Sound

The retro-futuristic sound that coats every song looks backward to the imagined sounds and textures of the future, and riffs on popular culture and captured news bites.

80
God Is in the TV

... intoxicating, intelligent yet also remarkably unpretentious album.

80
musicOMH

The Weather is packed with ambitious moments ... and many of them go over really well.

77
Pitchfork

For all its disjointedness, the album never wanders more than a few inches away from the sublime. It’s a document of a band knocking loudly on the door of greatness.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Remove the undeniable blockbusters and The Weather is a little thin, but the sheer irresistibility of those peaks is more than enough to power it over the finish line.

70
Under The Radar

The Weather still ends up being a satisfying psych-rock listen, mostly because the band successfully plays with so many different flavors.

70
AllMusic

While still typically madcap, The Weather may be the band's most coherent release to date, especially with a song like "Sweep Me Off My Feet," the record's AOR-friendly lead single. Taken as a whole, it works as both a flamboyant acknowledgment of and release from volatile times.

69
GIGsoup
‘The Weather’ is a notable entry to Pond’s fast-growing and highly accessible discography. Polished production from the multi-talented maestro Kevin Parker ensures the recording and performances are high-quality from top to bottom. Put this record on when you’re out in the sun for optimum enjoyment.
60
Loud and Quiet

Though tangible, textured and constantly propulsive thanks to well-oiled musicianship, sluggish songwriting means the album fails to reach its ambitious premise.

Jan 10, 2018
65
“The Weather” provides a few of the better psychedelic pop moments that indie has seen this side of Kevin Parker, with songs like the title track, “30000 Megatons,” and especially “Sweep Me Off My Heat” merging big hooks with an appealing weirdness. If only they sustained this quality over the course of the album. Pond spend too much time meandering, seemingly inserting digressions and incompatible sounds more for the sake of it rather than because they ... read more
Dec 8, 2017
JayBeebs
84
Very underrated. Echos of Tame Impala, Avalanches, and Sampha all rolled into one. The opening track is worth the price of admission for the dramatic chorus.
Nov 16, 2017
itsyahboinoah
68
The cousin band of tame impala "Pond" release a above average psychedelic pop/rock and synth music. Pond has some sparces of great tracks such as the single "sweep me off my feet" and the opening. However, the band enduldges too much and goes off a solid consistent streak.
Nov 14, 2017
blinkclyro
60
MIFLSA is by far a superior showcase of their talent as far as synth-based music goes, and while definitely not suggesting the band has lost any of their unique charm, The Weather sadly provides far too few glimpses of it. Time may yet be kind to these songs, with multiple listens stripping away the layers of incoherence, but for now, it bears the unfortunate status of just being alright.
END OF YEAR LISTS
#47/Uncut
#49/Rough Trade
#92/Under the Radar
Track List
  1. 30000 Megatons
  2. Sweep Me off My Feet
  3. Paint Me Silver
  4. Colder Than Ice
  5. Edge of the World, Pt. 1
  6. A / B
  7. Zen Automaton
  8. All I Want for Xmas (Is a Tascam 388)
  9. Edge of the World, Pt. 2
  10. The Weather
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Added on: January 25, 2017