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Ride - Weather Diaries

Ride - Weather Diaries


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Weather Diaries is a very special record indeed and contains enough equal parts of Ride’s entire back catalogue but with it’s feet still firmly in the now, Opening track ‘Lannoy Point’ really gets the blood flowing with an almost kraut like synth line and a motorik drum beat that reminds you just how much of a great drummer Loz Colbert really is, the now familiar ‘Charm Assault’ is Ride doing pop rock and sounds like the hyperactive offspring of ‘Black Nite Crash’ and ‘Twisterella’, by the time I’m at third track ‘All I Want’ I’m at the realisation that this album just isn’t going to disappoint me in the slightest and as I write these words I’m actually on my third listen in 24 hours. 'Cali' has Steve Queralt’s booming bass and one of the few Andy Bell vocals on the album which has a real 60’s psychedelic feel in the chorus, penultimate song ‘Impermanance’ is the nearest you’ll get to a shoegaze ballad with dual Mark/Andy vocal harmonies and classic Ride reverb.

There’s always been a lot of discussion as to how their final two albums 1994s Carnival Of Light and 1996s Tarantula pretty much killed any cool that Ride once had in buckets, that may be so but Weather Diaries is Ride proudly putting their mark back on a once forgotten chapter of indie rock history.

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