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Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky by Porridge Radio

Porridge Radio

Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky

Release Date: May 20, 2022

Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Record label: Secretly Canadian


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Album Review: Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky by Porridge Radio

Excellent, Based on 4 Critics

The Line of Best Fit - 90
Based on rating 9/10

A new emotional depth for the band, with its originating from the surrealism image denoting the peaks and troughs of life, it's not surprising the album carries a somewhat bittersweet tone. Lead single "Back To The Radio" moves like a poem: "We sit here together, laughing and talking / but I want to cry to you. " Lyrics of a similar nature can be heard throughout, often pairing mundane everyday situations with the deeper emotional turmoil felt inside: "I got a splinter / the last time I visited you / but my body pushed it out.

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Exclaim - 80
Based on rating 8/10

When Porridge Radio's sophomore album Every Bad was released in March 2020, it seemed a true disservice to have one of indie's most exciting acts landlocked due to the pandemic. But the Brighton quartet made waves internationally all the same, earning critical acclaim as well as a Mercury Prize nomination for their efforts. In 2022, frontwoman Dana Margolin, drummer Sam Yardley, keyboardist Georgie Stott and bassist Maddie Ryall return with Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky -- except this time they're able to take their post-punk show on the road with a newly-booked North American tour on deck. Continuing to explore existential questions and everyday unease, WDBLTTS is a natural follow-up to Every Bad.

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musicOMH.com - 80
Based on rating 4

The band’s third album has a raw power which has the ability, at times, to stop you in your tracks. It’s also their best work to date Porridge Radio‘s breakthrough album, Every Bad, was released on 13 March 2020. Ten days later, the country, in the grip of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, went into lockdown. Therefore, an awful lot of people suddenly found themselves with plenty of time of their hands, and the band quickly became a pandemic-era favourite for a lot of people.

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Under The Radar - 65
Based on rating 6.5/10

If you like your blendered post punk with the same gut-wrenching bite as a Bright Eyes tune mixed with the candor and theatrics of Amanda Palmer, you will like this third album from the UK's Porridge Radio. Musically, the band have traded in the serrated guitar abrasions found throughout 2020's Every Bad for a more understated, yet smoldering concoction of indie and rock. Lyrically, and spiritually, however, singer Dana Margolin wears her heart on her sleeve as she sings with her usual passion and fortitude.

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