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This album should be hailed as a shining example of truley great british talent, forget the fact that Andy Bell sold out, first letting the sun use one of his songs for advertising purposes or for the even bigger crime of joining two bit Chaz and Dave covers band Oasis, but back in the day Ride Rocked, (all be it is a slow depressing Indie Shoe gazing kind of way.)
This was of course before they started claiming individual song writing credits, all songs were written by ride. There is a nievety about this album that spreads out from that ideal of togetherness, this is a bunch of school kids let loose in the studio. The guitars are cranked up to 11, and then those guitars are played, its raw in a under produced way, the soft Harmonies of Bell and Gardener are at a juxtoposition to the clatter and feed back from the guitars, Loz batters away at the drums under pinning the album without going over the top.
Ok so there is an element of White middle class boys from Oxford whinning out the bleakness of the universe. (Hello Radiohead.)But it doesn't seem to matter here because of the genuine qualtiy of the songs.
The Three EP's (Minus of course Today Forever, which ironically was the finest moment) represented here is a joyous begining of a band that like many of there contemporaries (Northside etc) had the talent but not the luck or balls to make it big. Drive Blind is my fav, but any of these songs should be classics, I know you have probabley read a lot of reviews where people say exactly the same thing, (People have even said it about Elastica believe it or not!) But this band had talant and more to the point at least for this album they had the courage to do it their way. Yes it is depressing Sometimes slow and the production seemed to have been done my a chimp but, they rocked.
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Initial post: 2 May 2013 15:06:48 BDT
PHIL RICHARDS says:
Agree with pretty much everything here (apart from maybe what looks like a dig at first-album Elastica - for me the best Britpop band after Pulp). Ride were really something for about a year or so. After that it was a slow descent but that early period was an absolute blast. These aren't quite their greatest songs perhaps (I agree that Today Forever is their best work, especially Today and Sennen) and to my ears they have dated a little, but probably that is due in part to that awfully muddy production you talked about and anyway, it was as much about the energy and those overloaded guitars than the 'songs'. That said, Drive Blind was and still is something of an indie classic. If I listen to Ride these days its the next step represented by Today Forever or other better produced efforts like Here and Now, but I can still recognise the thrill these tunes held at the time. And major Kudos for the spot-on Oasis jibe.
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