AOTY 2018
Slowdive - Slowdive
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2017 Ratings: #39 / 715
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 595 ratings
2017 Ratings: #17
May 5, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
Dream Pop, Shoegaze / Genres
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The Skinny

Slowdive represents an awareness of legacy, and the importance of not pissing all over it; to that extent, it’s an essential addition to canon.

Consequence of Sound

Slowdive delivers nearly everything their fans desire in a return: familiarity, innovation, and vast atmospheres to get lost in.


Released in an era laced with shoegaze imitators, ‘Slowdive’ finds reinvigoration by simply ignoring them.

It certainly was a long wait, but finally Slowdive have given us the album that we have been dreaming about for the last 22 years.
Crack Magazine

Slowdive’s fourth LP contains a vitality that, in places, leaves you breathless.

Tiny Mix Tapes

An album that sounds both expectantly familiar and not exactly like any of their previous releases. The songwriting on Slowdive is strong, as if the best ideas they’ve had over the last 22 years were held back for this release ... condensing some of the most compelling aspects of their catalog into a cohesive whole.

Drowned in Sound

A majestic return that doesn't just fill in the gaps, but points unflinchingly towards future horizons.

This is an album as thoughtful as it is beautiful.

Slowdive is a triumphant return for the shoegaze veterans, being a victorious blueprint for how a band should return after a long hiatus. It introduces new possibilities for their sound while still sounding familiar enough to fit in comfortably with the rest of their discography.

Pretty Much Amazing
Whatever band you most hope reunites, you can only hope they do it like Slowdive. Not rushed, not cash-grabbing, but focused on relationships and on furthering the legacy of the band.
The Line of Best Fit

Rather than relying on what they knew to be “shoegaze”, a genre very firmly rooted in time and place, they’ve applied this newly transformed sound to their existing skillset.

This is an album comfortably on a par with the work of most of the younger artists they’ve influenced; compelling proof that the original shoegazers have stood the test of time remarkably well.
Under The Radar
This is one of the strongest comeback albums in recent memories. Let's hope they stick around for a while longer this time around!
The Guardian

Shoegaze is rarely affiliated with overwrought emotion, and yet it’s difficult not to feel moved by the expanse of the group’s oceanic comeback.


The band’s new, self-titled album sees them ageing gracefully, but not without tweaks, even if reinvention is too strong a word.


Slowdive is a surprisingly joyously return to the fray.

Loud and Quiet
Returning to Slowdive’s latest album is like plunging back into the pool after a long hot bake in the sun.
The 405

On Slowdive there are moments when they create this inter-galactic grace as well as they ever have, but sometimes their desire to reinstate their ethereal prowess can seem a little prescriptive.


While traces from each of their previous efforts show up throughout the album, Slowdive is resolutely its own animal. It is more gentle and peaceful than anything since their debut, but carries a subtle bitterness that belies its airy palette.

“Slowdive” teaches us some valuable lessons. Never write off musicians just because they were in a momentarily hip genre twenty-two years ago. Long songs can hold your attention if you let them.

Like most of the best reunion albums, this one plays like the band not just wanted to make it, but needed to, and took its time doing it. The resulting album is fantastic and, despite being so deliberate, feels fresh and immediate throughout.

The Observer

Slowdive ... now sound powerful, confident, the band they always wanted to be.


Slowdive, the band’s first album in 22 years, is here, and it’s good in that pleasingly familiar way. The record does not pick up where Pygmalion left off. If anything, it sounds as though it could have been recorded in 1993.

A.V. Club

Slowdive is not a quantum-leap record, nor does it slavishly replicate past successes. Rather it’s another collection of thoughtfully written songs, filled with evident joy for the band’s reformation.


It will comfort fans of the band, both those who loved them at the time and those who have discovered them in the intervening years, by being very much a Slowdive album. One that feels modern enough, but also very classic at the same time.

No Ripcord

The laconically titled Slowdive adapts to what Slowdive are capable of sounding in 2017: there’s no need to reinvent because doing that once is enough, so why not apply what they know best and try to adapt to a different, more current environment.

The Needle Drop
Slowdive's first album in over two decades finds the band's once heavenly wall of sound turning anemic.
Check out my review I did for this beauty over at Soul Feeder:
Holy moly this is a blowaway comeback. I honestly didn't expect much from this when I originally heard about it, but I'd say this self-titled LP easily ranks among the band's best work, maybe even surpassing some of it in my opinion. The production, the songwriting, the harmonies, everything is just so immaculate, like being transported to a world of pure, gossamer beauty. Essential for any fan of dream pop/shoegaze/psych rock. For me, it ranks up there with Lonerism as one of my favorite ... read more
So much care was put into what I assume to be Slowdive's last album. Over twenty years since their last, one would think an album at this point would be a nail in a coffin. However, Slowdive sounds as sure of themselves as ever, and brought everything they've learned in the quiet years, and deliver them in the most elegant way. I think everyone is totally surprised by this album actually being good, and completely floored by how good it is. it's not over-excitement, the album really is that ... read more
A really nice comeback, can't say I adore it but it's definitely an incredibly likeable, pleasant and frequently gorgeous album that I see myself consistently returning to throughout the rest of the year.
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Track List

  1. Slomo
  2. Star Roving
  3. Don't Know Why
  4. Sugar for the Pill
  5. Everyone Knows
  6. No Longer Making Time
  7. Go Get It
  8. Falling Ashes
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Added on: March 28, 2017