Slowdive has outdone itself on its fifth full-length, Everything Is Alive, which elevates its pre-breakup work in ways that feel nearly unimaginable. Indeed, Slowdive in 2023 is capable of writing both the hands-down most affecting song of its career (“Andalucia Plays”) as well as its most in-your-face (“The Slab”), while also incorporating modular synths as foundational elements in its creative process for the first time (they’re the first notes you hear on opener “Shanty”).
everything is alive feels practically self-contained, like a Slowdive record blissfully unaware it is a Slowdive record, most likely for the better. Simultaneously, the fact that everything is alive could have been a very different album is hard to dismiss. The songs that contain explicit traces of this minimal electronic framework are easily the strongest cuts and, most importantly, feel like a productive midway point between “Slowdive Slowdiving” and whatever Pygmalion worshippers keep hoping for.
If there’s evidence of musical progression, meanwhile, it comes via an apparently new-found fixation Neil has with modular synths; he deploys them tastefully here, perhaps to most striking effect on ‘Chained to a Cloud’. In general, though, ‘everything is alive’ very much gives off the sense that the slower gestations lead to the richest rewards.
The album is a listening delight that combines the cloud tunnel bliss of the best shoegaze with pure pop pleasure. It is a testament to theThe album is a listening delight that combines the cloud tunnel bliss of the best shoegaze with pure pop pleasure. It is a testament to the band's enduring talent and a must-have for any fan. As a loyal Slowdive fan, I give Everything Is Alive a perfect 10/10. This album is a triumphant return for the band and I recommend it to anyone who appreciates their unique blend of shoegaze and electronic music.…Expand
Slowdive is unquestionably a pioneer in the realm of Shoegaze music. Their prior work showed me how obscured vocals and distorted guitarsSlowdive is unquestionably a pioneer in the realm of Shoegaze music. Their prior work showed me how obscured vocals and distorted guitars could craft a genre of subtle beauty. After a substantial hiatus, Slowdive has returned with a mesmerizing new release. This album masterfully interweaves melancholy and ecstasy, enveloping them within an intricate electronic loop and imbuing them with a dream-pop essence. It's a profound sonic exploration, delving into themes of life and hope.
"Shanty" transports listeners on a journey through a hazy, shimmering auditory landscape where guitars pulse and drums provide a distant heartbeat. "Kisses" unfurls as a four-chord melody, its allure stemming from vibrant guitars and the tender embrace of Halstead and Goswell's vocals. "The Slab" offers a powerful surge of dark, textured intensity, evoking an adrenaline rush of emotion. Undoubtedly, it stands as a remarkable masterpiece.
My solitary lament lies in the album's brevity, encompassing just eight tracks.…Expand
Slowdive как и на прошлом триумфальном возвращении 2017 года не подвели. Shanty, Alife, Kisses, Skin in the Game — хрестоматийные примерыSlowdive как и на прошлом триумфальном возвращении 2017 года не подвели. Shanty, Alife, Kisses, Skin in the Game — хрестоматийные примеры звука Slowdive, The Slab мне напомнил что-то из Disintegration от Cure. Спасибо, Slowdive.…Expand
Just as their previous self-titled album in 2017, Slowdive stick to their guns with the release of everything is alive. IMO, its a solidJust as their previous self-titled album in 2017, Slowdive stick to their guns with the release of everything is alive. IMO, its a solid addition to their catalogue that doesn't rock the boat. Songs I liked: shanty, alife, skin in the game
Not bad at all: prayer remembered, kisses, chained to a cloud, the slab