CD Nowhere [Ride] (CD 425962), Audio Other
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Nowhere [Ride]

  • 1. Seagull
    2. Kaleidoscope
    3. In a Different Place
    4. Polar Bear
    5. Dreams Burn Down
    6. Decay
    7. Paralysed
    8. Vapour Trail
    9. Taste
    10. Here and Now
    11. Nowhere
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 26462

  • Credits
    ProducerMarc Waterman
    EngineerMarc Waterman

    Personnel: Andy Bell , Mark Gardener (vocals, guitar); Loz Colbert (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Alan Moulder.
    Recording information: Blackwing Studios, London, England.
    Photographer: Joe Dilworth.
    One of the seminal records of the shoegazer movement, Ride's NOWHERE typifies all of the best qualities of the movement's sound. Shimmering, psychedelic atmospheres, squalling guitars shot through with distortion, and hypnotic drones balanced by genuine pop songcraft are all on ample display here, and are executed with a precision and mastery that represent the pinnacle of their technique.
    "Seagull," the album's opener, pushed by the swirling twin guitar attack of Andy Bell and Mark Gardener, is simultaneously thunderous and radiant. Surging cuts like "Polar Bear" testify to Ride's skill at building dynamic tension and ringing sonic drama. But Ride were more than mere noise-merchants; their debt to psychedelic '60s pop also results in some fine songwriting, as the chiming, arepeggiated pop confection "Taste" reveals. NOWHERE is Ride's finest moment, and as a definitive document of shoegazer bliss, it ranks right alongside My Bloody Valentine's classic LOVELESS.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.110) - "NOWHERE features melodies that are gentle like a windstorm, in line with the Stone Roses or American Indie rock."
    Entertainment Weekly (1/25/91) - "..the band creates something refreshing from elements that have become alternative-rock cliche...The crucial, and welcome, difference is one of sonic waves of feedback and throbbing cacophonies that bounce off each other and give the music potency and force.." - Rating: B
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Opening track 'Seagull' clatters into view, all Keith Moon drums and a typically nimble, REVOLVER-esque bass line."
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