Ride Releases First Album in 21 Years

‘Weather Diaries’ Highlights Warm Vocals and Swirling Guitar

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It’s been a long time since one of the finest U.K. shoegazer bands of the 1990s put out an album — 21 years, in fact. But it’s safe to say that Ride, who were the missing link between the Stone Roses and Oasis (indeed, Ride co-vocalist/guitarist Andy Bell eventually joined Oasis before that band self-imploded), is back. What a joy it is, then, to once again hear Mark Gardener’s richly warm vocals cresting on Ride’s swirling guitar lines in transcendent flashes of satori. Weather Diaries — which particularly shines on the lysergic, Byrds-like “Charm Assault,” Donovan-meets-Popol Vuh-esque “Home Is a Feeling,” and the affectionate ode to our great state, “Cali” — fits nicely with the band’s classic early discs Nowhere and Going Blank Again.  Buy the ticket; take the Ride!

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