Slowdive - Slowdive
Slowdive is the fourth studio album by English rock band Slowdive. It was released on 5 May 2017 on record label Dead Oceans. The album is their first since Pygmalion in 1995. The album was preceded by the single "Star Roving", which was released on 12 January 2017. This is also the first Slowdive album in 24 years since Souvlaki (1993) to feature the classic line-up, as Simon Scott rejoined the band for their reunion.
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. Consequence of Sound said that "Slowdive delivers nearly everything their fans desire in a return: familiarity, innovation, and vast atmospheres to get lost in". 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". Drowned in Sound called the album a "majestic return that doesn't just fill in the gaps, but points unflinchingly towards future horizons". Pitchfork said that the album "offers maximum-volume shoegazetoo, better than the band ever has before". 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".