4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nigh on perfect musically and content wise,
This review is from: Nowhere (Audio CD)
I was rather ashamed that the 20th anniversary edition of Nowhere was hard to attain without forking out quite a sum for somebody just getting into shoegaze records recently. I was pleasantly surprised at this version that I opted for content-wise though. For just under 7 pounds you get the remastered songs from the album Nowhere plus three bonus songs. On top of that you get the sublime here and now EP. It clocks up to over 70 minutes of Ride material.
Content wise, the album is very deserving of its cult classic status. Every song is shrouded in reverb and pedal effects combined with Mark Gardiner and Andy Bell's innocuous sounding vocals. It sets itself apart from other dreampop/shoegaze records with this formula that they follow. Immediate favourites of mine are actually on the original 8 tracks of the Nowhere album. In Another Place is a bittersweet mid-tempo lament while Albatross combines wonderful lyrical imagery with a driving tempo. My favourite has to be Paralysed, a slow meditation of piano, field music of protests and the ever familiar formula of loud/quiet taken upon by so many bands of this era.
Ride had obstacles in their way since the get-go. They were too early to ride the indie(no pun intended) wave that Oasis introduced to the mainstream, and while Nowhere is considered a standout album from this scene, it was quickly overshadowed by My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. With this in mind, issues like this do the band justice giving value for money and preserving two great releases in one.