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Everything Is Alive is the fifth studio album by English rock band Slowdive, released on 1 September 2023 through Dead Oceans. It is their first album in six years and their second since reforming, following their self-titled album released in 2017.

The album received critical acclaim and was commercially successful throughout Europe, reaching the top ten in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


Slowdive entered the studio in September 2020 to begin recording their fifth album.[2] The band originally booked studio sessions for April 2020 that were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] During the pandemic, the band suffered the loss of Rachel Goswell's mother and Simon Scott's father. Neil Halstead, who wrote all of the album's songs, said that the music was more of an "escape" from the darkness that the band's members were going through.[4] Goswell struggled with alcoholism in the wake of her grief before entering sobriety.[5] "I thought it was going to be quite a dark record but once we got together as a band, I think some of that darkness lifted and some of the tunes became a bit lighter," Halstead said.[6]

The album arose from material that Halstead wrote with modular synthesizers in 2019 for a planned electronic solo record.[4][6] He was unsure of the song "Kisses", which was ultimately released as the album's lead single, as it felt "too pop" for him.[4] The instrumental "Prayer Remembered" originated from an arpeggiated synth line before Scott filtered guitar leads through a Max patch system.[7] Halstead flew out to Los Angeles to mix the album with producer Shawn Everett, which resulted in the drums becoming "dirtier sounding".[7]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Guardian[13]
Louder Than War5/5[14]
The Skinny[1]
Slant Magazine[17]

Everything Is Alive received a score of 82 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic based on 20 critics' reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[9] Editors of AnyDecentMusic? gave it a score of 7.9 out of 10 based on 20 reviews.[8] Uncut called it "the Slowdive you've been waiting for",[18] while Mojo described it as "evocative rather than vivid in a way that evokes Faith-era Cure's greyscale atmosphere", calling it "the sound of Slowdive still holding their impressive earthly form".[15] The Skinny's Lewis Wade summarised Everything Is Alive as "another Slowdive release that does little to alter their position as stalwarts of the nebulous shoegaze scene. Emotional textures are evoked through gauzy vocals and guitar reverb, with just a few tweaks to the formula here and there".[1]

Irina Shtreis of The Quietus wrote that it "appears to be more immediate and transparent than its predecessor" and "while at first listen Everything Is Alive might seem plain and minimalist, its flavours can be savoured for a long time".[19] Dana Poland of Slant Magazine opined that while it "may not boast the lo-fi grit of Slowdive's earlier work", nevertheless "the band's skill for scrupulous melodies is undiminished here. The album evolves Slowdive's well-established sound with more electronic textures, creating a conceptual sonic landscape that buzzes with life".[17]

Dave Simpson of The Guardian gave a favourable review of the album, comparing some songs on the album to early New Order and commenting that "the band deserve much credit for sticking to their guns and proving a lot of people wrong".[13] David Murphy of MusicOMH described it as a "joyful listen", writing that it "tak[es] the cloud tunnel bliss of the best shoegaze and add[s] some pure pop pleasure".[20] Clash's Robin Murray found Everything Is Alive to be "at times experimental, it forever returns to their core values, with this tension supplying some of the album’s finest moments", concluding that it is "enchanting and illuminating, [and] proves that Slowdive's pulse is still beating strong".[11]

Joe Goggins of DIY stated that "listening to Everything Is Alive, you get the sense that the veteran shoegazers couldn't rush something if they'd tried" as it "very much gives off the sense that the slower gestations lead to the richest rewards".[12] Reviewing the album for Spin, Jonathan Cohen commented that the album's "maturity and depth of feeling transcends genre and style—something that's sadly rare from guitar-based rock'n'roll at this late date".[21] Wayne Carey of Louder Than War called it "easily the best album of their career" as it is "heavy with experience, but each note is poised, wise, and necessarily pitched to hope".[14]

Tim Sendra of AllMusic characterised Everything Is Alive as "equally experimental and accessible, brimming over with aquatic atmosphere and pointed emotional feeling, and full of familiar joys and new surprises", calling it "the work of a group who are done reforming and have set their sights on brilliant evolution instead".[10] John Garratt of PopMatters opined that "from the haunted guitars to the impressionist vocals, from the most spell-binding drones to the brisk tempos, this is a Slowdive album through and through".[22] Pitchfork's Jayson Greene felt the "music is wispier, more skeletal, attuned to and aware of fading glories" as "the length feels purposeful and personal, like these songs are sketches from a journal Halstead and Goswell left open" and "the love songs feel lonelier, the landscape more unforgiving".[16]

The Guardian ranked it the 45th best album of 2023.[23]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Neil Halstead

Everything Is Alive track listing
2."Prayer Remembered"4:46
4."Andalucia Plays"6:41
6."Skin in the Game"3:52
7."Chained to a Cloud"6:51
8."The Slab"5:10
Total length:41:37





Chart performance for Everything Is Alive
Chart (2023)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24]21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25]9
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26]24
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[27]30
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[28]4
French Albums (SNEP)[29]54
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30]7
Irish Albums (IRMA)[31]54
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[32]96
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[33]10
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[34]15
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35]5
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[36]30
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[36]47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[37]17
UK Albums (OCC)[38]6
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[39]1
US Billboard 200[40]63
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[41]11
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[42]7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[43]12


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  2. ^ Brereton, Greta (21 September 2023). "Slowdive drop hints that album number five is on the way". NME. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  3. ^ DiGiacomo, Frank (30 August 2023). "Slowdive's Rachel Goswell on the Band's New Album, Coping With Hearing Impairment & Her Hopes for Meeting Siouxsie Sioux". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b c Lindsay, Cam (1 September 2023). "Slowdive Are More 'Alive' Than Ever". Spin. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  5. ^ Nugent, Annabel (4 September 2023). "Slowdive: 'A journalist said we'd be stacking shelves in Tesco within six months'". The Independent. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  6. ^ a b Harrison, Ian (8 July 2023). "Slowdive Interviewed: 'We've always tried to work as a pretty solid democracy'". Mojo. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  7. ^ a b Enos, Morgan (6 September 2023). "Reunited Shoegaze Legends Slowdive Prove Everything Is Alive". Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  8. ^ a b "Everything Is Alive by Slowdive reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 7 September 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Everything Is Alive by Slowdive Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  10. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Slowdive – everything is alive Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  11. ^ a b Murray, Robin (31 August 2023). "Slowdive – everything is alive | Reviews". Clash. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  12. ^ a b Goggins, Joe (1 September 2023). "Slowdive – everything is alive review". DIY. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  13. ^ a b Simpson, Dave (1 September 2023). "Slowdive: Everything Is Alive review – exquisite songs from the comeback kids of shoegaze". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  14. ^ a b Carey, Wayne (27 August 2023). "Slowdive: everything is alive – review – Album of the Week!". Louder Than War. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  15. ^ a b "Slowdive – Everything Is Alive". Mojo. October 2023. p. 85.
  16. ^ a b Greene, Jayson (7 September 2023). "Slowdive: everything is alive Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  17. ^ a b Poland, Dana (28 August 2023). "Slowdive Everything Is Alive Review: A More Refined Haze". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  18. ^ a b "Slowdive – Everything Is Alive". Uncut. October 2023. p. 18.
  19. ^ Shtreis, Irina (29 August 2023). "Slowdive – Everything Is Alive". The Quietus. Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  20. ^ Murphy, David (31 August 2023). "Slowdive – Everything Is Alive | Album Reviews". MusicOMH. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  21. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (30 August 2023). "Slowdive Soothes And Stuns On Everything Is Alive". Spin. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  22. ^ Garratt, John (30 August 2023). "Slowdive's Everything Is Alive Is a Masterpiece of Subtlety". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  23. ^ Snapes, Laura (5 December 2023). "The 50 best albums of 2023 – 50 to 41". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  24. ^ " – Slowdive – Everything Is Alive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  25. ^ " – Slowdive – Everything Is Alive" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  26. ^ " – Slowdive – Everything Is Alive" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  27. ^ "Album Top-40 Uge 36, 2023". Hitlisten. Retrieved 13 September 2023.
  28. ^ " – Slowdive – Everything Is Alive" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  29. ^ "Top Albums (Week 36, 2023)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  30. ^ " – Slowdive – Everything Is Alive" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  31. ^ " – Discography Slowdive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  32. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums – Week of September 6, 2023". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 6 September 2023.
  33. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 11 September 2023. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
  34. ^ " – Slowdive – Everything Is Alive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  35. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 September 2023.
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  37. ^ " – Slowdive – Everything Is Alive". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 September 2023.
  38. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  39. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  40. ^ "Slowdive Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 September 2023.
  41. ^ "Slowdive Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 September 2023.
  42. ^ "Slowdive Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 September 2023.
  43. ^ "Slowdive Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 12 September 2023.


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Slowdive ist eine britische Shoegaze-Band, die zunächst zwischen 1989 und 1995 aktiv war und sich 2014 wiedervereinigt hat.


Rachel Goswell auf dem Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2014

Die Gruppe wurde 1989 in Reading gegründet. Nach der Veröffentlichung von drei EPs, die 1992 auf der Compilation Blue Day zusammengefasst wurden, erschien das Debütalbum Just for a Day im September 1991. Der zweite Longplayer Souvlaki folgte im Mai 1993 und gilt heute als Klassiker der Shoegaze-Bewegung. Schlagzeuger Simon Scott verließ die Band bald darauf und wurde durch Ian McCutcheon ersetzt. Die letzte Platte Pygmalion wurde im Februar 1995 veröffentlicht.

Nachdem Slowdive 1995 von ihrem Plattenlabel Creation Records fallen gelassen wurden, formierten Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell und Ian McCutcheon die Band Mojave 3. Halstead und Goswell traten zudem beide als Solokünstler in Erscheinung. Christian Savill gründete die Gruppe Monster Movie. Simon Scott veröffentlichte mehrere Alben unter eigenem Namen und mit seinen Projekten Inner Sleeve und Televise.

Anfang 2014 gaben Slowdive auf ihrer offiziellen Website[1] bekannt, dass sie sich in alter Besetzung wiedervereinen. Zunächst waren für Ende Mai 2014 zwei Shows beim Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona sowie im Londoner Village Underground geplant. Dies waren die ersten Konzerte der Band seit dem 21. Mai 1994. In der Ankündigung wurde zudem die eventuelle Aufnahme eines neuen Albums in Aussicht gestellt.

Im Laufe des Sommers 2014 fanden weitere, weltweite Festival-Auftritte statt, darunter unter anderem am 8. Juni 2014 beim Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig und am 14. August 2014 beim Pukkelpop im belgischen Hasselt. Im Herbst 2014 begaben sie sich auf eine Tour durch Nordamerika. Am 5. Mai 2017 veröffentlichte die Band mit dem eponymen Slowdive ihr erstes Album seit 22 Jahren.[2]


Slowdive wurden stilistisch besonders durch Noise-Rock-Bands wie Sonic Youth und My Bloody Valentine, aber auch durch Post-Punk- und Dark-Wave-Gruppen wie Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure und die Cocteau Twins beeinflusst.[3] Sie verwenden vor allem Gitarren, um einen atmosphärischen Soundteppich zu kreieren, wobei das eigentliche Songwriting zunehmend in den Hintergrund trat. Ab 1993 änderte sich ihr Stil etwas und es wurden vermehrt Ambient- und Electronica-Elemente in die Songs eingearbeitet. Insbesondere das Album Pygmalion wies musikalische Bezüge zu den Werken von Seefeel auf.[4]



Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[5]
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1991Just for a Day
Creation Records
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: 2. September 1991
Creation Records
(1 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: 1. Juni 1993
Creation Records
Erstveröffentlichung: 6. Februar 1995
Dead Oceans
(1 Wo.)DE
(1 Wo.)CH
(2 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 5. Mai 2017
2023Everything Is Alive
Dead Oceans
(2 Wo.)DE
(2 Wo.)CH
(1 Wo.)UK
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 1. September 2023


  • 1992: Blue Day
  • 2004: Catch the Breeze
  • 2010: The Shining Breeze


Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[5]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1991Morning Rise
(1 Wo.)UK
1993Outside Your Room
(1 Wo.)UK

Weitere EPs

  • 1990: Slowdive
  • 1991: Holding Our Breath
  • 1993: 5


Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen[5]
(Jahr, Titel, Album, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1991Catch the Breeze/Shine
Just for a Day
(1 Wo.)UK

Weitere Singles

  • 1992: Beach Song
  • 1992: She Calls/Leave Them All Behind (Promosingle)
  • 1994: Alison (Promosingle)
  • 2017: Star Roving
  • 2017: Sugar for the Pill


Commons: Slowdive – Sammlung von Bildern


  1. abgerufen am 29. Januar 2014.
  2. Michelle Geslani: Slowdive release self-titled comeback album, Consequence of Sound (5. Mai 2017), abgerufen am 6. Mai 2017
  3. Glasnost Wave-Magazin, Heft-Nr. 29, Interview mit Slowdive, S. 8, September/Oktober 1991.
  4. Pygmalion-Review, Intro, 25. März 1995 (Memento vom 23. Dezember 2014 im Internet Archive)
  5. a b c Chartquellen: DE CH UK US