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Seventh studio album by Oxford alt.rock / shoegaze quartet produced with Richie Kennedy

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  1. 10.0 |   XS Noize

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  2. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    There is an anger here we have not previously glimpsed from this band, a willingness to rage against the world today
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  3. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    When they delve into the big guitar histrionics of yesteryear, as on “Light in a Quiet Room,” the results are breathtaking
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    Closing with the sighing reflection of ‘Yesterday Is Just A Song’, Ride seem to be embrace and move past their illustrious past, resulting in one of the most finessed, intriguing albums of their career to date
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  5. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Here [on "Yesterday Is Only A Song"] and on the best tunes of Interplay, Ride feel wonderfully, unexpectedly, younger than yesterday. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Overall: troubled, unflinching, but tuneful and triumphant. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    They seem determined to do whatever the hell they like and have fun with it
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  8. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    It’s the sound of a band confident in their strengths: enough to stretch said strengths – towards pre-shoegaze 80s influences – but not to the extent of phase one’s off-target third album, Carnival Of Light
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  9. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Forays into psychedelia and world affairs serve the reformed British shoegaze pioneers well on their seventh album
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  10. 7.9 |   Northern Transmissions

    Feeling drowned in the negativity that can be found right at your fingertips while simultaneously feeling hopeless to fight it. Ride continues to fight the good fight on Interplay and provide another welcome addition to the shoegaze canon
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  11. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Feels like something of an incoherent mess if looked at with a microscope, but zoom a bit further out and it maintains enough of a “vibe” to feel at least somewhat cohesive, while also being a fun listen
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Ride continue their second phase with ‘Interplay’, an album full of melodic atmosphere lacking some of the creative yearning heard in their earlier work
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  13. 6.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Interplay is space rock as solid as it comes, but also deeply indebted to a millennial era about 20 years ago, which both shoegaze and alternative rock have left behind. A different kind of nostalgia, perhaps
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  14. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Essentially, after spending decades dabbling in different notions of psychedelic rock, Ride have gone synth-pop in 2024
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  15. 6.2 |   Pitchfork

    Nearly a decade into their reunion, the shoegaze titans refuse to pander to fans clamoring for their classic sound. Their stubbornness is admirable—if occasionally frustrating
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  16. 6.0 |   All Music

    It's commendable that Ride continue to reach beyond their past, but the best moments of Interplay are the ones that remind the listener what made the band so unique to begin with
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