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5.0 out of 5 stars crying shame, 30 May 2002
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This review is from: Nowhere (Audio CD)
I sometimes wonder why some bands who clearly have no talent sell millions of records and others who show touches of genius don't. Ride did it their own way and maybe thats why they never even made it into the catorgary of also rans, when they had so much talent. Back in 1990 however, following the release of this album I believed ride had it in them to conquer the world. In hindsight they were a little to rough round the edges. Songs such as paralysed and nowhere, good though they are were never meant for a wider audience which is a crying shame because this album has some class moments. Ride's trade mark harmonis and chiming guitars reflected the Stone Roses pre-emince at the time of recording, but gave it a different rockier darker slant. Despite this the album was also lighter and popier than the earlier EP's. Vapour Trail may well have been rides finest moment, but this is an album stuffed full of classic tracks. Ride found themselves around at a time when British music last hit a creative high point and this album was lost to successive generations. Seeing wood for the trees and all that. Eventually Andy Bell joined Oasis, a band that had little talent and alot of hype, and stood for all the things ride had meant for me, at that point the dreams finally burned down.
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2011 10:42:20 BDT
Agree with almost everything you say here. The one thing I've gotta take issue with though is I've no idea why you are comparing them to the Stone Roses. Not even a note on that album has distortion. It's a completely different sound. Yes, they both came from the indie scene but that's about it. The music's completely different and the I agree with the view at the time that the distorted guitars and Cocteaus / MBV influences of shoegazers were almost polar opposites to the groovier, loosier, more bass led, madchester bands around about the same time. I liked both but they go in two completely different boxes.

Posted on 15 Mar 2013 13:29:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Mar 2013 13:30:28 GMT
I adore this album so much - i bought the original Creation CD in 1990 but could not resist to buy this reissue - that i have been afraid to buy any other sequel they made because for me this is the most perfect shoegazer album ever next to Loveless by My Bloody Valentine which i love slightly more than this Ride album however it depends in which mood i am. This album is still out there for anyone who wants to hear it and an absolute ***** star rating shoegaze classic. I second your motion that unfortunately they did not have the success they should have got because these tracks still cuts the strings of my heart and for sure Vapour Trail. This is a true shoegaze love song. I sing it along right now while i write this. Nowhere is is still out there for anyone who wants to listen ( or don't ).

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2013 13:30:01 GMT
You are right. Stone Roses sound different.
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