Slowdive (album)

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Slowdive
Slowdive Album 2017.jpg
Studio album by Slowdive
Released 5 May 2017 (2017-05-05)
Studio The Courtyard Studio in Sutton Courtenay, Sound Gallery in Exeter, The White House in Kewstoke, The Farm 2 in St. Mervyn and Zigzag Music Productions in Hilton
Genre
Length 45:58
Label Dead Oceans
Producer Neil Halstead
Slowdive chronology
Catch the Breeze
(2004)Catch the Breeze2004
Slowdive
(2017)
Singles from Slowdive
  1. "Star Roving"
    Released: 12 January 2017
  2. "Sugar for the Pill"
    Released: 28 March 2017

Slowdive is the fourth studio album by English rock band Slowdive. It was released 5 May 2017 on record label Dead Oceans. The album is their first since Pygmalion in 1995.[1] The album was preceded by the single "Star Roving", which was released on 12 January 2017.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic82/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubB[5]
Consequence of SoundA−[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Mojo4/5 stars[8]
The Observer4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork8.6/10[10]
The Skinny5/5 stars[11]
The Times4/5 stars[12]
Uncut8/10[13]

Slowdive received acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 82, based on 30 reviews.[3] Consequence of Sound said, "Slowdive delivers nearly everything their fans desire in a return: familiarity, innovation, and vast atmospheres to get lost in".[6] Giving a perfect score, The Skinny stated that "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".[11] Drowned in Sound called the album a "majestic return that doesn't just fill in the gaps, but points unflinchingly towards future horizons".[14] Pitchfork said that the album "offers maximum-volume shoegaze too, better than the band ever has before".[10] Exclaim! praised the album, saying that 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".[15]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Crack Magazine The 100 Best Albums of 2017
13
Exclaim Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums of 2017
3
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2017
30
The 20 Best Rock Albums of 2017
8
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2017
15
A2IM Libera Awards 2018 Album of the Year 2018
1

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Neil Halstead, except where stated.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Slomo"6:53
2."Star Roving" 5:39
3."Don't Know Why" 4:36
4."Sugar for the Pill"
  • Halstead
  • Chaplin
[22]
4:31
5."Everyone Knows" 4:22
6."No Longer Making Time" 5:48
7."Go Get It"
  • Halstead
  • Savill
  • Chaplin
  • Goswell
  • Scott
6:09
8."Falling Ashes"
  • Halstead
  • Scott
8:00
Total length:45:58

Personnel[edit]

Slowdive

Additional personnel

  • Ian Davenport – engineering
  • Duncan Chave – additional engineering
  • Martin Nichols – additional engineering
  • Gareth Stuart – additional engineering
  • Steve Clarke – additional vocal engineering
  • Chris Coady – mixing
  • Sarah Tudzin – mixing assistant
  • Heba Kadry – mastering
  • Josh Bonati – vinyl cut
  • Harry Smith – cover art
  • Ingrid Pop – inner sleeve photo and art direction

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[23] 64
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 29
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[25] 53
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 72
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27] 38
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 49
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 122
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 33
Irish Albums (IRMA)[31] 45
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[32] 7
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[33] 26
Scottish Albums (OCC)[34] 12
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 79
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 16
US Billboard 200[38] 50

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (4 May 2017). "Slowdive: Slowdive review – jewel-like, spacious return by shoegaze originals". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Male, Andrew (5 May 2017). "Slowdive: Slowdive". Mojo. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
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