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This Is Not A Safe Place

Ride

This Is Not A Safe Place

Sixth studio album by Oxford alt.rock / shoegaze quartet produced by Erol Alkan (Daniel Avery, Mystery Jets)

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
Wichita
UK Release date
09/08/2019
US Release date
09/08/2019
  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It is brimming with songs that will make you karaoke in your car, feel inspired and plant many earworms that won’t leave your head for weeks
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  2. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Shoegaze icons in brilliant career reboot
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's 50 minutes of intoxicating and contrasting moods
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    From the shoegaze-tinged jangle-pop of 'Future Love', to the dreamy indie of 'Clouds of Saint Marie', Ride sound incredibly fresh-faced
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    It might well be their best album yet. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   NME

    The mercurial Oxford band’s second album since their 2014 reformation benefits from a wealth of creativity and experimentation
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Here Ride aren’t just treading water so much as striking out for the horizon
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    More pleasant and breezy than Weather Diaries, Ride's This Is Not a Safe Place very much feels like a proper follow-up
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    While these 12 songs shake no foundations, they hold their own. Print edition only

  10. 7.0 |   DIY

    The highlights are worth the entry fee alone
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  11. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Proves Ride aren’t artistically stagnating, but the melodic pop infrastructures of several songs feel like an afterthought when it used to be the crux of their appeal
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  12. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Cathartic explorations of love that sometimes get derailed by social commentary
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  13. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    On their second post-reunion album, the shoegaze band sound emboldened, merrily tinkering with their legacy
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  14. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Ride have made an album that sounds vibrant and an all-around joy, even if it isn’t perfect
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  15. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Those moments where the album soars instead of stalls, come too infrequently to leave any lasting impression
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  16. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Ride’s legacy is still solidified in the realm of indie rock, and I think the nine-minute closing track In This Room is proof that they still have a great ear for immersion
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  17. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    A fine album with some songs that, with time, could become Ride staples. However, there are times where the band crumble under the pressure of bringing both a progression in sound, as well as a catering to their older audiences
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  18. 6.0 |   All Music

    They won't make the long-list for the Patrick Fitzgerald Shoegaze Poet Award, but they still create quite a sighing racket
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  19. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A chequered beast swiveling between ill-fitting new adventures in growling rock electronica and hazy, '80s-throwback dram pop. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   The Music

    An album shot out of a cannon onto a wall, creating a bit of a mess
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  21. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Shoegaze pioneers Ride return with their second LP in as many years with an eye on breaking shoegaze into the pop landscape
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  22. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There are sparkling peaks on ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’, for sure, but between them there’s just far too much hard slog
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  23. 5.0 |   The 405

    Ride veer more towards a pop sound than ever on This Is Not a Safe Place, losing identity in the process
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