Album Mini-review: Slowdive — Slowdive
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How much difference does 22 years make? That will be most listeners’ first question upon learning that shoegaze heroes Slowdive have released their fourth (and self-titled) album, their first since 1995’s Pygmalion. (Two of the band’s founding members did remain busy in the intervening years with Mojave 3; that group released 5 albums.) Though the British quintet came together in the post-punk era, they have always displayed the influence of mid-period Pink Floyd (in the form of stately, glacially-paced compositions) more than of punk-era acts like Siouxsie and the Banshees. And beneath the gauzy arrangements are often simple yet catchy melodies. If Mojave 3 was a detour into more pop-leaning styles, Slowdive is a return to form. Even the song titles make that clear: the opening tune is “Slomo.” And that provides a simple answer to the opening question: not very much at all.
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