AOTY 2019

Weather Diaries

Ride - Weather Diaries
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2017 Ratings: #417 / 725
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2017 Ratings: #365
June 16, 2017 / Release Date
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Wichita / Label
Shoegaze / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

80
The Skinny

Ride's fifth album is something of a triumph and infinitely better than many a fan could have hoped for. Almost 30 years on those vapour trails show no sign of fading just yet.

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.

65
Prefix

The best parts are worthy contributions to their catalog, and worth the price of admission here. But as a whole, Weather Diaries isn’t the brilliant Ride return fans might hope for.

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.

60
No Ripcord

Some of Weather Diaries sounds a bit thin, as the album's vibrant singles come off as outdated recreations of old songs with some unnecessary polish. It isn’t short of ideas, though, which suggests that Ride are on their way to better refining their latest chapter.

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.

Houdanny
77
The first two songs, aka the two lead singles to this album, were two of my favourite songs not just from their 2017 album, but 2 of my favourite Ride songs to date. Just like a lot of their contemporaries in the shoegazing genre who made their comebacks this decade, Ride came back incredibly strong and made you super excited at the prospect of shoegaze being put its rightful place in music genre popularity. There are moments where I do find that this album doesn't maintain the high standard ... read more
tha138
62
Hmm... those Ride...are back...nearly two decades after their latest album...
and judging by the cover something promising, may lie inside...
so, I started reading the "Weather Diaries" just to discover...
that they were better than expected...
following, without excesses, the dynamic writing of british rock...
twwalter
76
Favorite tracks: Lannoy Point, Charm Assault, Lateral Alice, Cali, White Sands
87
Better than expected.
100
just offsetting scumbag reviews
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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
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