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Following on from their recent reunion and a very successful U.S tour in 2008, after 10 years away Swervedriver are back! As one of the finest bands from the so-called "shoegaze" scene in the mid 90's, their music is often described as a cross between British ethereal bands such as Ride, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine, and Motor City rock and roll classics like the Stooges and the ... Read more in Amazon's Swervedriver Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B007K1PFMU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sci Flyer
2. Pile Up
3. Son Of Mustang Ford
4. Deep Seat
5. Rave Down
6. Sunset
7. Feel So Real
8. Sandblasted
9. Lead Me Where You Dare
10. Hands
11. Andalucia
12. Kill The Superheros
13. Over

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Doak on 17 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of my all-time favourites. First off, it's one of the best sounding guitar records I've ever heard- there is so much happening underneath the swirling noise that you might hear something new each time you listen to it. Another reason is almost every song has been my favourite, and another is that moment in Pile-Up when the intro changes to the verse, which still sends shivers down the spine to this day. Even other reason is that it is equisitely sequenced. But enough from me, if you can find it at a decent price (difficult) then do yourself a favour.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Taylor on 13 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Swervedrivers debut is without doubt the greatest ever by a British guitar band. Filled with an honest raw emotion only touched upon by Mr Kobains noisesters years after, Its a tragic fact that if this record had've been released by an American band five years later it would have sold millions!! The tracks blend into one another to paint a musical soundscape which takes you on a "trip" through lost love, hate, euphoria & finally hope. You realise how good this record is over repeated plays, as it takes you on new adventures & becomes your soundtrack to those bleak days we all have. The biggest compliment I can give this inspirational, stunning record is that it's the best thing ever put out on the now defunct Creation Records. Better than Screamadelica, MBV or anything those Oasis tossers could manage. The News of there demise is very much true but they left the goods. YNWA
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Raise was Swervedriver's first album, and although it has been overshadowed somewhat by it's sequel 'Mezcal Head', it is still a fine example of shoegazing with a hint of grunge. For those who've never heard a Swervedriver song, expect layers of guitars, deadpan vocals, odd but catchy melodies and pounding drums. In places that combination works wonderfully to create some excellent songs, particularly 'Son of Mustang Ford', which had the potential to be a classic of it's era. On other occasions however, the formula can become slightly tedious. In places Adam Franklin sounds like he's not even trying to sing, which doesn't do the consistenly good melodies justice. The vocal ante would be upped on subsiquent albums, but Raise remains one of my favourites because it's the raw Swervedriver sound, which has only been tamed over time. I may have had a pop at Franklin's singing just now, but the fact that pretty much anyone do better when attempting a bit of car-kareoke is one of the charming things about Raise, after all, the car is the natural home of all Swervedriver albums.
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By Rob on 21 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's a CD of one of the best sun-drenched, hazy, overdriven rock records of the 90s. In short it's brilliant.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Bicknell on 24 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I don't necessarily agree with the "if this album would have been released during the grunge years it would have been huge" argument but this album certainly deserves to be bigger than it is. In the UK Swervedriver were lumped in with the Shoegazer crowd. They certainly share some similarities with bands like Ride, Slowdive, et al but that doesn't tell the full story.

People often refer to the rockier influences of Swervedriver to differentiate them from the Shoegazing crowd. True, I'm sure that The Stooges, Hawkwind and The MC5 feature in the band member's record collections but that again does them a dis-service.

Swervedriver certainly use plenty of distortion in their songs and are certainly a bit heavier than other shoegaze bands but what they brought to the table was a sense of dynamics and purpose that was missing from many of their contemporaries. Never content to let waves of fuzz simply meander on aimlessly there was always a sense that there was a reason for things in a Swervedriver song.

Consider "Son Of Mustang Ford", quite simply one of the most stunning guitar songs ever. It's betters anything ever attempted by the more famous Sonic Youth, Mudhoney or Dinosaur JR. Bands that Swervedriver are often compared to.

Consider also "Lead Me Where You Dare", clearly influenced by The Stone Roses and with a melody line to die for. This song wouldn't have been out of place on The Stone Roses' debut album. This highlights another facet of Swervedriver which isn't often touched on - their sense of melody. This melodic sense became more pronounced and more prominent with successive albums.

I just wanted to write a review that avoided the cliches that normally abound with Swervedriver, i.e.
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