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by Slowdive

Released May 5, 2017 via Dead Oceans

Reviewed May 11, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Sugar for the Pill (64%), Star Roving (57%), Slomo (50%)

Over 20 years removed from their previous project, Slowdive set out to prove why they are among the heavyweights of the shoegaze sphere. Returning after such an extended hiatus, one would have thought that the initial flame would have plumed; however, that assumption could not be more wrong. Cascading into otherworldly territory, shoegaze is often synonymous with swirling textures and layers. A mirage of sorts, the disbelief that something as impenetrable could be so soothing and comforting renders it a welcome mystery. The wall of sound is home to waterfalling sweeps of searing guitars and mellow blankets for the soul—a warm reminder that there's always a place to go to in times of hardship. Hug the sun in all its glory. Slowdive's self-titled effort is one of soaring etiquette, and doesn't miss a beat. – Peter (8/10)

Jared: 8.5/10 | Pax: 8.2/10 | Peter: 8/10 | Dominick: 7.8/10

Ben (Synth): 7.5/10 | DeVán: 7.5/10 | Cam: 7/10 | Hadley: 7/10

Community Reviews:

​​I've always loved this album, and it's severely underappreciated. Slowdive's music never fails to make me emotional, creating such a consistent and strong emotional tone. Where Souvlaki is a crushing sadness, Slowdive feels more peacefully sad. While visiting friends, my boyfriend played this album for us for the first time in a while, and I felt so at peace, and connected to the moment and the music. While­ the album does have tracks that seem to drag on a bit, I love the album so, so much, and will always come back to it, as it reminds me of such nostalgic and important moments – @rosi3egerton (8/10)


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