Not going blank again - Ride sound engaged and angry on their first album in 21 years
On their last two albums - 1994’s Carnival of Light and 1996’s Dylan-referencing Tarantula - Ride attempted to throw off the shoegaze millstone for good and embrace their own brand of Britpop. As the recent and well-received album by the once-maligned Slowdive has proven, it’s funny how the clock runs backwards and all fashion becomes a loop eventually.
Always more muscular and hard-hitting than many of their fey nineties contemporaries, on Weather Diaries Ride are back doing what they do best - psychedelic guitar rock and impressionistic ambient pieces - or what unassuming guitar hero and Oasis Mk II memberAndy Bell calls "Beatles 1966 meets MBV 1988."
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The trembling walls of guitars on Home is a Feeling may actually be more MBV 1991 but the likes of opener Lannoy Point and the well-aimed Tory/Trump attack of Charm Assault, which crests on a lovely chiming riff from Bell, all seem cut from the classic Ride of the early nineties.
Anybody who loved the sheer sense of scale and extended psychedelic moods of the Oxford band's superb second album Going Blank Again will find plenty to enjoy on Weather Diaries.
Alan Corr @corralan