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Fourth album and first since 1995 from the dream pop / shoegaze band who reformed in 2014

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  1. 10.0 |   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
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  2. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Nearly everything fans of the pioneering shoegaze band could want in a comeback record
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    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
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  4. 9.0 |   Clash

    Released in an era laced with shoegaze imitators, ‘Slowdive’ finds reinvigoration by simply ignoring them
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  5. 9.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Slowdive don’t sound as young as they once did, but they’ve aged in a way that sounds natural
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  6. 9.0 |   Crack

    Unlike Slowdive’s classic 1995 album Souvlaki, there’s a greater urgency to this record that eschews the languid pace of their much lauded older material
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  7. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A majestic return that doesn't just fill in the gaps, but points unflinchingly towards future horizons
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  8. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    A precise and altogether gorgeous showcase of their peerless ability at production, mood, and songcraft
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  9. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Slowdive’s slow rehabilitation from music-critic pariahs to shoegaze heroes began long before their reunion in 2014
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  10. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    A modern, invigorating comeback album that cements their talent and emotional resonance
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  11. 8.4 |   Earbuddy

    Their pop instincts and innovation probably still untapped. But they play with a world-weariness and resignation that can only come from a group having distanced themselves from the limelight
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  12. 8.3 |   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
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  13. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This album genuinely justifies the return
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  14. 8.0 |   The 405

    They’ve delivered on all the levels that fans would have desired: beauty, atmosphere, emotion and grandiosity
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  15. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Beneath all the stylish and escapist waves of sound and texture on Slowdive's return, there is a profoundly human core waiting to be sought out and unearthed
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  16. 8.0 |   State

    After a twenty two year absence, Slowdive have produced an album that lives long in the memory and is worth a moment or two of your time
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  17. 8.0 |   The FT

    One track employs a gleaming pool of guitar effects while a dreamy ballad is built around a minimalist piano
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  18. 8.0 |   Gig Soup

    “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
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  19. 8.0 |   Punk News

    If you're looking for something that's as moody as it is calming, and as beautiful as it is atmospheric, Slowdive's for you
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  20. 8.0 |   DIY

    It’s an absolute joy to have them back
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  21. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Slowdive now sound powerful, confident, the band they always wanted to be
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  22. 8.0 |   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
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  23. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Slowdive make a spectacular comeback with an album that looks forward, not backward
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  24. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    They got the sound right, when they could so easily have created a duff simulacrum, and they’ve woven a whole new set of memorable hooks into it, to boot
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  25. 8.0 |   The Music

    Slowdive's return provides a masterful lesson to their legions of bastard offspring
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  26. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A surprisingly joyous return to the fray
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  27. 8.0 |   Uncut

    The gauzy, indistinct vocals of Neil Halsted and Rachel Goswell continue to weave their shoey magic. Print edition only

  28. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    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
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  29. 8.0 |   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!
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  30. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    It’s heartening to see Slowdive survive long enough to borrow from the bands that got rich off their influence. Hail to the thief that celebrates itself.
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  31. 7.5 |   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
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  32. 7.0 |   All Music

    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
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  33. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Even if Slowdive is a faithful summation of everything they’ve achieved throughout the years, it also operates with a vague in-betweenness in how it manages its stadium intentions
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  34. 4.0 |   Q

    There's too little oomph. Print edition only

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