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essential british sound,
This review is from: Nowhere (Audio CD)
RIDE never reached mega stardom, probably due to the lack of great songs on thier future releases. however nowhere is a truely brilliant album and the album that allows us to revisit the time when rides sound was truely at its best. nowhere has a brilliant mix of sounds mostly based around loud guitars, feedback, reverb. one thing about this album that makes it amazing is the emotion (most noticeable on "in a different place", "dreams burn down") and the brilliant use of vocal harmonising. the album start to finish displays an amazing british sound.
1.seagull - the album starts with some feedback, cymbals , then crashes into a psychedelic forest of wild sounds, the instruments seem to all mix together to become one swirling, rolling sound. the song has an exciting pace and dreamy reverb sound, the vocal harmonizing is brilliant. this is the perfect way to start this album off. the song hassome brilliantwah-wah and feedback sounds in the mid-section and ending. (5/5)
2.kaliedascope - this song has an amazing guitar sound and pop melodys, this song keeps the album rolling on from seagull and keeps the excitement there.kaliedascope is shorter than the 6 minute seaugull making it more of a pop song, great song. (5/5)
3.in a different place - in a different place is a definite gem on this album and a brilliant example of RIDE's range in song styles. the song has a building intro with a nice guitar melody reminiscent of john squires playing. the songs verses are soft and beautifully sung, the chorus comes crashing in with the great lyrics "and were smiling when were sleeping , and where smiling when were waking". the chorus melody is catchy and seems filled with emotion. the song has a nice relaxing outro which is mostly instrumental. (5/5)
4.polar bear - this track stands out most definetely from the rest, the guitar with a tremelo effect is amazing and the drums also have an amazing sound , but nothing beats the simple but amazing vocal melody which soars above the instruments. the song has a "baggy" vibe as well as a psychedelic one. the lyrics are cool and trippy and the song altogether is breathtaking upon the first listen. best played loud. (5/5)
5.dreams burn down - this song truely is special, its super loud but so soft and gentle really, the pace of the song makes it interesting, it has a sad, soft, emotional vibe then breaks oftenly into a loud wall of sound with crashing guitars. the vocal sound is brilliant as the guitars. th guitar part along the beginning is brilliant. (5/5)
6.decay - this song has a pounding beginning , the bass pedal of the drums and a simple guitar part, the vocals come in with a very dark melody which soon gives away to a dreamy pop chorus making the tune what it is, a brilliant dreamy pop song just like ride do best. (5/5)
7.paralysed - this song isnt as amazing as the rest, quite a boring verse melody and chorus, nothing interesting coming from the instruments either really. (2/5)
8.vapour trail - the ultimate ride pop song , how this was never a hit is quite unbeliavable really, the song has an amazing guitar sound with a gentle dream melody, stone roses style drums and an amazing pop chorus "la,la,la,laaa,laaa" simple and beautiful. violins at the end are brillian, this song has a great sense of emotion and true feeling. (5/5)
9.taste - this song is another short pop song, it is brilliant. this song is brilliant for a live show as it is great to sing along too. taste has something that the rest of the songs dont have , itreally stands out. (4/5)
10.here and now- much like paralysed. (2/5)
11.nowhere - the album ends strangely, i think something else could have been put here to make the album truely amazing. (3/5)
the today forever e.p also has some great songs, sennen is in my opinion one of the best songs the band ever did and today is also a true classic
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Initial post: 31 Jul 2011 10:34:16 BDT
PHIL RICHARDS says:
Sam, I'd agree with you vis a vis the track Nowhere if it weren't for the fact that Nowhere was not the last track on the album. It was added together with Here and Now and Taste from the Fall EP. The final track was Vapour Trail, which, I'm sure you'll agree is an exemplary closing track. Agree with most of your views on the tracks, by the by, except I love Here and Now, and usually skip the insipid Kaleidoscope.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 20:00:34 GMT
Paralysed is my 2nd favourite track?!
Posted on 4 Sep 2012 19:45:50 BDT
Emma Howard says:
Dude you are off your head. Here and now is amazing, as is paralysed and Nowhere is so immense it gives me the shivers.
I am guessing you didnt see them live, because if so, you would realise those tracks are mindblowing.
Posted on 8 Oct 2012 17:32:58 BDT
S. A. Thorne says:
Totally agree with the previous comment...Paralysed- one of their greatest.
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