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Nowhere

Ride

1990

Nowhere

Album Summary

Nowhere is the debut album by British shoegaze band Ride, released 15 October 1990. Rolling Stone called the album "a masterpiece", and online magazine Pitchfork called it "one of shoegazing's enduring moments".

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Rating

2.98

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4218

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Shoegaze
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If you were to point me to this album and say “here is a pretty decent album” I would nod and say “yes, here is a pretty decent album. It has a semi-epic, sweeping melodic quality, which combats neatly its noise-rock leanings. Pretty decent. Thanks.” If, on the other hand, you were to point to this album and say “there are 1001 albums that you MUST listen to before you die, and this is one of them” I would cock an eyebrow and say “It’s a decent album, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t help feeling I’ve been goosed here. I now HAVE listened to it before I died, you got your wish, but I can’t help feeling you’ve somehow pulled a fast one on me with that.”

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I don’t greatly dislike this. I just have no interest in ever listening to it again. I can see what it’s reaching for, a sort of Cure/Smiths thing meets psych rock and at times I found myself nodding appreciatively at the guitar breaks. But I’m amazed this had stood the test of time, it’s so uninteresting to me. Sometimes this list feels like things are included just because they were really popular at the time, but does anyone actually still listen to this album??

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5

A shoegaze classic. Ride is the final head of the three headed shoegaze monster of My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Ride, and this is their seminal album. They play a more confrontational, more drum-heavy brand of shoegaze than their noise-pop contemporaries, but it is just as essential.

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4

Compact wall of sound with intriguing but beautiful melodies in what is one of more significant shoegaze releases

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Nowhere seems to hold consensus as the second-best record of the shoegaze era, and with very good reason. All of the common words, phrases, and adjectives commonly used with the short-lived subgenre fit properly here, and they're all positive, every one of them. Whir, whoosh, haze, swirl, ad nauseum -- this record holds all of these elements at their most exciting and mastered.

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4

A great album which shimmers and shines with murky melodies. Like the album sleeve, the beauty can be found on the ocean surface or lurking underneath. The tones and production is first rate. Not sure why Vapour Trail isn't played at every indie disco.

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4

Pretty mint album, you can definitely hear echoes of The Stone Roses which I was not expecting. 'In a different place' deserves to be amongst the pantheon of indie classics. Not sure if that's the case as I have certainly never heard of this band.

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The Wordle of albums. Just a nice, easy way to pass the time that some people unnecessarily feel the need to make into a big deal.

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Specialising in a shimmering kind of relentless noise which doesn't break for choruses, verses, solos, anything. Lax tunings, lots of cymbals, recorded to create the effect of being heard through two woolly hats and a balaclava. Most recent modern example of the style (though not the production values) is Seek Shelter by Iceage, except the atmosphere here is more light sea spray than impending cloud of volcanic ash. Biggest problem are those vocals, though. Conspicuous by their absence (or as good as).

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5

Love this.

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5

Album fucks.

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5

Some great Shoegaze, listen again!

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5

Another new to me artist, really liked this one, more than 4 but not quite a 5, still giving it a 5

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5

Great debut album - Shoegazing at it's peak.

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5

And once again, thanks to this project, I not only discover a new band but also a new subgenre: "shoegaze" (according to the Wikipedia entry, "is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock characterized by its ethereal mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback, and overwhelming volume"). This album is really good, this band is great, and I'm glad I've been introduced to them. Remind me a bit of the Meat Puppets, who I like, as well as a bunch of 90s bands that came after, and were probably influenced by, the Meat Puppets, this group, and similar bands at the time. Really great music here.

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5

I really enjoyed this album, I had never heard it before. Great musical sound and good vocals and harmonies. I never knew this was such a classic!

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5

An epic sounding album. The shrill guitar strums pair well with the long bass notes.

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+AAAAA

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5

Listened a few times a new favourite.

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5

Me gusta. Quizá no lo suficiente, pero sí tiene grandes canciones. "In A Different Place", "Vapour Trail", "Here and Now" y "Nowhere" son ejemplos. 9/10

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S tier shoegaze

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Guitar

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A threshold question is do you like shoegaze – I do. For many then this is like grading on a curve. I understand that. However, along with My Bloody Valentine, Ride is the probably the other seminal shoegaze band. Putting aside the discussion as to whether they visionaries, the combination of pop songs and dense, hypnotic noise works for me.

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5

Excellent

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5

A fusion of the jangle pop and harmonious vocals of the Byrds with the fuzzy noisiness of Jesus & The Mary Chain's Psychocandy. Moreso than any other shoegazing artist can I see their influence on the shoegazing and eventual Britpop scenes, Suede being the top example. It's heavy and loud, marked by heavy distortion and drumming. I'm proud to be able to pick out the six-ish channels in the songs. There isn't a single bad track in the original album. Most are great, and some are just incredible. Crank on high volume for max enjoyment. Constantly I had hazy images of lighthouses, seagulls, and sailing the sea, impressionist paintings turned to sound. I have a feeling this album isn't as revered as Slowdive or mbv due to the lack of iconic tracks or emotions. When I first listened to Loveless, I was constantly surprised and experienced feelings of nostalgia or sadness, despite having never heared any of them before. Here, I still felt surprised in a few areas, but it hardly blew my mind, and I mostly knew what to expect going into a track. Meanwhile, the only track I hear talked about is "Vapour Trail." That doesn't stop it from being coherent and full of great tracks I could enjoy alone. While I'm at it, I might as well talk about the two EPs attached. Most versions have the Fall EP attatched, which is just incredible. Each of these 4 tracks (including "Dreams Burn Down") are super memorable and distinctive, leaving more of an impact on me, faster and more passionate. I love their inclusion, although I wish they were integrated, as "Vapour Trail" is the perfect closer. The version on Spotify also has the Today Forever EP. They're enjoyable and not bad, but they're a bit monotonous, especially "Beneath." "Today" is a decent way of closing the album, but I think this EP could be cut out.

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5

bought it when it came out based on hype alone and love it to this day. really really awesome debut, shame they never matched it. Great live band too

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The finest album of the shoegazing era. Yes, it's better than My Bloody Valentine.

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Expected absolutely nothing but it was quite an enjoyable album, liked the unorthodox edge it had with melodic melodies and singing

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Este disco me sorprendió. Nunca había escuchado ni de “Ride” ni del género Shoegazing, pero es claramente un precursor o influencia de lo que eventualmente sería el britpop. Algunas canciones de hecho me recuerdan a Oasis por el uso del “Brickwalling”, como por ejemplo la primera del disco: Seagull. Creo que este disco se hubiera visto beneficiado si hubieran quitado algunas canciones, pero aún así es bastante bueno. Lo que más me impresionó es que fuera grabado “en vivo” en estudio, haciendo gala del dominio de los pedales y los efectos. Mis canciones favoritas fueron “Here and Now”, “Dreams Burn Down” y “Sennen”.

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4

A pleasant surprise! Really cool surf rock album.

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Like MBV and The Stone Roses had a baby. Really great, though.

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Had not heard this before, though reminds me a lot of Ned's Atomic Dustbin and God Fodder. I can better understand what shoegaze is after listening to this. Very enjoyable.

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4

worth a revisit to find some new favorites. solid neo progressive rock

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4

Very shoe-gazey. Loud instruments, low vocals. In context, this album probably influenced a lot of later music. In present day it's just mediocre.

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What a pleasant surprise and so worth listening to. First introduction to shoegazing dream pop, and Ride did a fantastic job! I am sold on the band and their sound, many great tunes, perfect length, and Vapour Trail is amazing!

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Does this generator know I’ve been listening to this album

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4

A pleasant noise.

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Great shoegaze. Polar Bear is amazing.

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4

Shoehazing par excellence. 8/10

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Goede shoegaze, doet me vaak denken aan Stone Roses, I like it! Nieuwe artiest leren kennen die ik leuk vind! 3,75/5, dus 4 sterren Favoriete nummer:

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Enjoyed this from a band that was new to me

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4

Great album and when you consider it’s a debut, even better. Not everyone’s cup of tea sure, but shoegaze was effectively soundscapes via guitar effects and it is done near perfectly here, particularly Vapour Trail & Unfamiliar. There is also a pop element to this album which they improved on ‘Going Blank Again’ but sonically Nowhere is a treat.

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4

Never have I been so amazed at listening to a song for the first time before I've heard "Seagull". I still can't believe that track exists. "Vapour Trails" is such a very fun and joyful song. High 4.5/5

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4

Another shining example of the difference between British and US alternative rock from the 90s. The Brits winning out nearly every time.

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- vibes. - while discordant, quite listenable - well ordered album

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Album starts off with a bang with Seagull exploding from the speakers. Right away I can tell that this album will suit my tastes perfectly. Favorite songs; Seagull, Kaleidoscope, polar Bear, vapor Trail 4 🌟

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4

A pleasant psychedelic experience. Images of kaleidoscopes and teenagers that need a wash comes to mind. Limited sing along options.

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fav tracks - in a different place, dreams burn down, paralysed, vapour trail, sennen, unfamiliar, nowhere, today. loved the cacophonous ending, beaautiful.

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4

This is stunning, straddling shoegaze and something else. Don't get me wrong, I've got a weakness for shoegazing and that's what draws me in, but the noise-pop/rock elements are well-executed. Decay seems like the most driving and least conventional track of the front eight, but fits the tracklist well. Dreams Burn Down carried the most emotional weight for me. The back or bonus seven songs were less even but still welcome listening.

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Dawno nie bylo shoegazowania, wiec mila odmiana po ostatnich dosc popowych pickach, debiutancki album bandy z oxfordu, bandy ktora slysze pierwszy raz, ale tak to jest jak sie jest ignorantem muzycznym, orginalne wydanie vinylowe liczylo 38 minut na 8 trakach, ale spotifaj serwuje wersje rozszerzona, 15 trakow i godzina 12 minut materialu, co jest dobrym bonusowym kontentem, a poziom plyty jest rowny od poczatku do konca, jesli chodzi o wydanie orginalne, dodatkowe traki sa troche bardziej surowe, brakuje im tego dreamowego feelingu shoegazingu, wokali plynacych na gitarkowych rifach, ale na tej plycie najbardziej urzekla mnie praca basisty, a gitarka schodzi na drugi plan, czy nawet trzeci, bo niektore fragmenty drumowe takze zasluguja na hajlajta, tak jak na polar bearze, ale jesli chodzi o traki ktore sie znajda na plejce, to zamykajacy orginal vapour trail, wplecienie smyczkowania do shoegazowania to bylo wlasnie to co sprzedalo ten trak jak dla mnie, no i otwierajacy seagull, epizod czleka zmarnowanego

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4

I was expecting nothing and was pleasantly surprised. This album is a nice listen while I am working on a rainy day, but I probably will not come back to it again

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4

It's curious how this is counted as a shoegaze album when, with the exception of a song like "Dreams Burn Down", it's mostly just neo-psychedelic britpop with distorted guitars. Great album, great songs and a great rhythm section

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4

I like this a lot. Like a bridge between 80s new wave/dream pop and 90s alt rock and shoegaze with 60s pop rock harmonies.

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So… guess I like shoegaze?? I don’t care for the anemic vox (this is becoming a theme…). I hate how it seems like he’d rather be doing anything else. Especially when every other aspect of this is actually brilliant. Driving rhythm section. Good use of dynamics and harmonic tension. Creative macro and micro songwriting. Put Thom Yorke or PJ Harvey or Phoebe Bridgers in charge of vocals and you’ve got an all-timer.

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Feels like 80’s kid listened to a lot of Big Star. Psychedelic garage rock. Youthful. Lovely.

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I really liked this album Rating: 8/10

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Stunning debut! I was 18 when this came out and Ride's brand of Shoegaze was music I could lost in. This album and the first eps dominated my walkman for many months that year. I had a long sleeve t-shirt with the cover on it that I got from their Australian tour and it wore it with pride. For me this is a perfect blend of a sonic onslaught and Byrdsesque jangle pop. Stand out tracks are Polar Bear and Vapour trail. Four stars because as much as I love this, it still doesn't capture how good they were live or the perfection of their first eps.

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need to relisten but defo my kind of thing

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4

Pretty good! I like more prominent vocals but generally a fan of this music style. Psychedelic rock, maybe? Reminds me a little of Tool, Pink Floyd in some parts, Steven Wilson for sure.

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4

Every song is amazing, even the bonus material on the reissue.

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"Ride" the wave of sound! It's awesome. Actually enjoyed this sort of shoegaze more than Loveless. It's got a very british edge to it, which I could take or leave, but the soundscape in combination with the band's style of songwriting is a wonderful listen. I just wish some of it stuck with me more, but repeat listens can help with this.

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جمييييييل

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Somewhere between the mountainous figures that are grunge, punk, and electronica, a delicate subgenre lies: shoegaze. And what exactly is it, gazing at a shoe until you hallucinate? Something like that. Do valleys have summits? It's weird to call "Nowhere" the summit of this curious valley, but it is. Wooshy guitars, dreamy vocals, trance-y drums... it's a perfect background music, but it can be more than that. This album is the best representation of the genre. A ride across nowhere, but a ride nonetheless. PS. Just listen to the original first 8 tracks. The bonus tracks dragged the album A LOT, and those tracks are the reasons why I disliked this album at the first listen.

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I was introduced to shoegaze as a subgenre in the last year, and I really enjoy it. This album is one of my favorite examples. It's more lyrical than Loveless by My Bloody Valentine, which is my other favorite showgaze album (extremely obvious picks, I know). The lyrics blend into the music well. The instrumentals and production are excellent. This is also one of the few albums that I feel like listening to the songs added with the reissues benefited the album. A really solid album all the way through 4/5

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I really like the wave noises

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4

An old favourite, but I am not sure I ever listened to it end to end - vinyl was a pain Still good - might prefer later stuff

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Słaba czwórka, ciężko mi uzasadnić ten wybór. Nie ma żadnego wyróżniającevgo się utworu, ale słuchało się znacząco przyjemniej niż wielu albumów dotychczas ocenionych na 3. Jest bardzo spójny brzmieniowo, wokal mi się całkiem podoba. Może nieco na wyrost oceniam, ale co tam.

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4

A pleasant post-punk album. Heavy, melodic, slow-flowing rock with ethereal vocal. Highlight: Paralysed

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4

I'm surprised that I've never heard of this album, or the band for that matter. I hear a lot of different influences in this music. First, there is definitely some '60s psychedelic rock, followed by a hint of Pink Floyd. There is also an element of the "wall of sound" production style and even a bit of Oasis. Underneath all of this is some pretty good Rock & Roll. I will probably listen to this again and maybe try one of their other records as well

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4

This album was incredible. My bloody valentine is one of my favorite bands but I’m actually not that familiar with shoegaze beyond them, and this definitely didn’t disappoint. The trippy and vibey instrumentation took me to another world and for a moment anything felt possible

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4

As a shoegaze fan, I found myself subconsciously avoiding this LP for some reason. Found it refreshing to dive in and find a rich, substantial album that escapes feeling dated while delivering on a wide sonic palette. The early Britpop foundations of shoegaze as a genre shine here, imbuing a strong melodic body without carrying over the awful remnants of the 80s. Not every track finds its own voice, but those that do stun with the heavy guitar lines that would become fundamental in later gazer works.

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Genre: Shoegaze 4/5 Shoegaze, a genre defined by its part-noise rock/part-dream pop alignments, is not a genre I often venture towards. As much as I enjoy rock music, the more loud, distorted, reverb-heavy records of the 80s-90s are very hit-or-miss for me, and it took this album coming up in my random daily album for me to finally fully take the dive. I've tried Loveless before, My Bloody Valentine's famous LP, and Shoegaze's crown jewel (as well as one of the best albums ever made, according to critics and listeners), and I found it droning and incessant, and not in a good way. While I'll patiently await Loveless's turn on my docket, Ride's Nowhere was quite the pleasant surprise for me! The album overall had a similar noise factor, but was also paired with a more noise pop-oriented approach, not giving into the truly aggressive sonic side of the genre, and it pays off big time. With more focus on structure and journey rather than density and loudness, Ride concocted something both accessible and challenging. The intro, Seagull, with gentle touches of jangle pop and space rock, is a prefect start to the record, and the album proceeds cautiously yet ambitously, with the first half of the album wrapping up with the dreamy and heavy Dreams Burn Down. To round out the album's second half (before the CD bonus tracks start that is), Vapour Trail is a real triumph. The track builds itself up beautifully, almost hitting the same sort of emotional high one would anticpate on a Cocteau Twins record. A really great listen, and one that I will enjoy revisiting at a later date. Real solid record.

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wettastic

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It's "medium loud" shoegaze. Great sixties-inspired vox, muscular bass, jangly guitar. There's a little bit of The Smiths in here and possibly some Stone Roses. Very pretty arrangements and some really catchy moments in as well. The sounds on the record are great but the cover of this album put it over the top. Incredible!

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4

For a debut album, this is great! The vibes are a bit edgy but super smooth! Great riffs and lovely aerial vocals. I would listen to it again for sure. 3.75/4

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4

Très intéressant, définitivement à revisiter. Pas surpris que ce soit un album important dans le paysage showgaze.

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3

A bit long winded and the lyrics are corny.... but the vibe and the feel are what make this album!!

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3

didn't finish, might listen more idk first song is great

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3

Started cool but ended up sounding a bit repetitive. Definitely some gems though, cool unusual sound.

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3

Love the genre. Album is good and worth listening again.

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3

3.5 stars pretty solid

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3

punkish , ok nothing striking

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3

pretty much essential 90's, not bad but nothing great either

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Raro. Se supone que es shoegaze y es de sus exponentes interesantes pero no todo me suena así. De hecho, me suena bastante inconsistente, con rolas que definitivamente sí cuadran con el género: sin coros, muy planas, muy atascadas de efectos y una sensación oscura. Pero también hay otras rolas que me suenan a algo distinto desde antecedente a los Smashing Pumpkins o incluso a Muse, o en otras ocasiones a una banda de prepa que está aprendiendo a destacar en sus instrumentos y la batería y el bajo hacen casi casi ejercicios de ritmo básicos.

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3

I liked this pretty well but like most of the so-called shoegaze genre it had a problem of slipping I to the background and no particular time or lyric ended up really standing out for me.

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3

Nice fuzzy noise-rock.

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3

Confused by the genre. Enjoyed some tracks

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3

Another late 80’s/early 90’s soft rock album. Nothing super crazy

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Recuerdo lo poco que había escuchado de shoegaze por Bloody Valentine o Dinosaur Jr como un pop etéreo bastante ruidoso y como mal ecualizado. No me encantaba pero tampoco se me había hecho algo malo u ofensivo a los oídos. Este disco me pareció mejor de lo que esperaba, de hecho en muchos casos creo que aunque se nota la influencia y la similitud en mi opinión todavía no se le debiera de llamar shoegaze como tal. Aquí los géneros se sienten variados y más separados, inicia con algo que se oye como noise tal cual heredado de Velvet Underground o algo que podría estar tocando Sonic Youth, por otro lado pasa a canciones de franca psicodelia; pero psicodelia de rock ácido de sonido sucio del bueno como si fueran de las bandas desconocidas de 25 años antes. Polar Bear se me hizo una canción excelente en la que ya se siente más la guitarra esa fuerte etérea aunque lo suficientemente pop y nítida en la voz como para poder entenderle bien. Un disco ruidoso, correcto en la que se siente la historia de la que viene se puede sentir el Velvet, el Brian Eno incluso, ese postpunk, Cocteau Twins y tantas cosas más. No será mi género favorito, no es un género que haya perdurado e incluso creo que rápidamente paso de una música experimental interesante a hacerse pretensioso y algo engreido pero no hay duda que me agrada haber conocido este disco.

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3

Whoa! Stone Roses 2.0. Or was it 1.0? I'd never heard of them before, but this is really good!

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3

good but nothing special

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Mein Teenage-Ich (und gut gefundene Mädchen) haben es geliebt, und mit den Gitarren, dem Schlagzeug und dem Bass, vor allem aber dem fantastischen Shoegaze-Style gab und gibt es ja auch viel zu lieben. Trotzdem war mir schon damals die Produktion zu mies - und ist sie es heute erst recht. Neu aufgefallen - lag aber vielleicht auch an den Boxen - der noch sehr verbessernder Gesang, oder such hier zumindest die Produktion, die ihn stellenweise viel zu weit in den Vordergrund stellt - obwohl Bell und Gardener noch nicht besonders gut waren und beim Harmoniegesang üben mussten. Beim nächsten Album saß das alles besser. 3,3.

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Das Debüt der Shoegaze Pioniere wirkt vom Sound etwas blass-dünn, gestreckt auf die Dauer von über einer Stunde unterstützt der wimpy Gesang eine müde Monotonie, was bereits auf „Going blank again“ als Schwachstelle erkannt und aufgepeppt wurde. Immerhin beinhaltet dieser leicht aufgeblähte Erstling so beeindruckendes Material wie „Dreams Burn Down“ oder „Vapor Trail“. 1st coming bonus: 2.5

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3

Liked it, and probably would have loved it if I’d heard it when I was a teenager, but right now I struggle to listen to a quite same-y album for an hour. A shame.

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3

Deuda pendiente, me ha gustado pero tengo que darle más escuchas

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3

Memories of my teenage college days. Some real classics on this but a couple don't sound so good this far removed from the shoegaze heyday.

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3

Generous 3

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3

ok for going on a ride to nowhere

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3

Kind of inoffensive 90s stuff but a bit dull on the whole

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Niet direct fan van het genre. 'Dreams Burn Down' vond ik als nummer wel goed. De rest leek wat veel op elkaar. Wel een mooie hoes.

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3

Good for listening whilst working. No big wow effect but agreeable

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Seagull was even schrikken als opener, maar de volgende nummers werden beter. Polar bear was zelfs oprecht goed. Ideaal voor tijdens het werken.

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3

Gefällt mir, kannte ich bisher nicht - aber auch nichts super besonderes.

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Kannte ich noch nicht, hätte aber gut auf meine 2005er-Playlist gepasst. Klingt ein bisschen nach Sonic Youth aber reißt mich nicht ganz mit. Hab aber auch nur ein bisschen reingehört.

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3

Grad zu müde für ne tiefgründige Analyse. War Gutes dabei.

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Das Album dürft ein grower sein, ich mag diese Soundwände. Da hört man aber nicht seine 2-3 Lieblingssongs, sonder muss eintauchen. Interessante Neuentdeckung für mich.

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3

Starts off quite promising but then just becomes a bit wishy washy. Best track: Seagull

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3

Not as noisy and unfocused as MBV. I can see the progression towards Leave Them All Behind and Twisterella. OK, probably prefer early Verve for this type of textured music.

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3

Habs gerade noch nicht so gefühlt, vielleicht später

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3

Really conflicted about this was. Sounds really special in parts, much of it is very good. But then it is very samey all the way through and god he’s voice is dreadful. A 4 would suggest I love it. A 2 would suggest I’ll never revisit but it was just interesting enough to make me want to go back. So I’ll have to go 3/5

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What a beginning to an album. A little weird turned into almost grunge. Reminds me a bit of Nirvana, but not completely. I think I would have loved this album had I heard it in middle or high school. MAYBE even college. Just about done with the album now. It was good but nothing super special. Kind of run of the mill soft-ish rock album from the 90s. Rating a 3.

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3

Pretty simple

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sufer rock stoner rock

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Ok

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Not an album that thrilled me - admired rather than enjoyed. There is a repetitiveness to the music and it’s pretty downbeat.

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When I saw "Shoegaze" I was a bit concerned, but it beat my expectations. I enjoy the "dreamy" vocal style.

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Mmmm it's not a 4, it's not a 2. I could listen to this while laying in the floor doing nothing. Although it can get repetitive.

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I think this is going to be much more my type of thing! Although perhaps not perhaps stretching my taste much beyond 90s indie! - I don't know this album, but I know later ride albums a bit. Looking forward to it. Seagull - not as melodic as I expected. Maybe a bit too much going on, musically. Kaleidoscope - the youtube version seems a bit muted. But nice. Better with the volume up a bit higher! In a different place - love the start. rest is fine! Nothing special - so shoegazey it drifts past a bit Polar bear. like intro again . Gets a bit same-y. Dreams burn down - passed me by a bit. Decay - don't like the singing as much, and a bit sub-Joy Division. Paralysed - stats off nice and noodly. Generally nice feel to it - just slightly more up-beat. I think I just like this singer's voice (Bell ratehr than Gardener apparently). Vapour Trail - apparently this is the single. Jangly - quite like it, but still not love. other trakcs were 'bonus' on various formats (CD and re-issue). Only half-listened to these.

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Like me, this hasn't aged well

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Aighto. If Radiohead and Neutral milk hotel had a child

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meh, kind of ok to work to too though. NOthing special

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Some of the songs make me feel Ill. Have to be in the right place at the right time. Vapour Trail is timeless tho.

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Ik denk dat shoegaze de weg heeft voorbereid voor de groten zoals Radiohead. Ik vind het wel lekker, al is het af en toe wel ‘veel’. Het dromerige weet mij altijd te boeien. Alsof er een ‘laagje’ onder zit.

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I am secret shoegaze fan so was looking forward to this when it popped up this morning. It wasn't as good as My bloody Valentine or Slowdive but was decent enough. 3/5

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Decent shoegaze aside from the excellent closer.

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Omg så epic cover??? Kan denna få en oscar!! Jag ->👊 död häst

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cool album!

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That is some jangly guitar

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Rating: 6/10

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This album was mostly noisy with mushy vocals. Luckily, the music itself, while noisy, was pretty good if you like post-punk/neo-psychedelia stuff. I'm inclined to give it a weak 3 stars.

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Tiene algunas buenas rolas pero nunca se me ha hecho tan bueno como lo tildan. Puede llegar a ser algo monótono.

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Not amazing, not rubbish. Just kinda.. there. Almost the definitive 3 outta 5.

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Beetje veel van hetzelfde, met een paar mooie uitschieters. Een grondlegger in het 'shoegazing' genre, en dat zie ik eerlijk gezegd wel voor me: voorovergebogen naar je schoenen kijkend een beetje op deze muziek dansen.

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Pretty good alt-rock-shoegaze. Vapour Trail is an amazing song. 6/10

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Really liked this one. I've never heard of Ride, but they are right up my musical alley. It's 90s rock/pop, but still pretty indy rock - not too commercial sounding. I like that. At times I heard some Toad the Wet Sprocket in there (although I'm sure that's not what they were going for). Really good. My gut says this is a 4, but I'm wondering if it's just the newness. I reserve the right to amend my rating upon subsequent listens.

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I bought this record on vinyl when it was reissued in 2010ish. Because everyone said it was a great shoegaze record. Ok. It's ok. Ride isn't my favorite shoegaze band and I think "Nowhere" is just fine. I mean, I'm never gonna tell a band to use less noise and less guitar pedals. I'm glad I'm listening again because I haven't listened to this record since I bought the reissue. If you asked me to rate before re-listening, I would have given this a weak 2. Now I'm giving it a weak 3. There is better shoegaze and I hope its on this list because I want to talk about My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins. Like, real bad.

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Another band that's been under my radar and they sound kinda like what I expected. Nothing special, but an enjoyable listen and I should listen to more of their stuff.

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Much better than I had expected.

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Good sounds

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What do you do when you're a Britpop band in the early 90s with two singers that can't really carry a tune all that well? You bury them in the mix, turn up the guitars, and ride the wave (sorry) of the burgeoning shoegaze movement. A few triumphant moments, but they're a little too sparse. Best track: Vapour Trails

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Easy to listen to, but nothing really stood out.

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3.5

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Was not a big fan of this. It’s pretty droned out and all the songs sound pretty similar. However, it was not unbearable.

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This album would have been quite enjoyable were it not for the vocals. Parts of it were downright hard to listen to because it reminded me of stepping on a cat. Shame because some of the melodies and arrangements were great.

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A little shoegazey VERY ‘90s indie. This is a good not great entry into that genre. No real “single” hurts this a bit.

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This is a really confident debut and it's influence on that iconic floaty shoegaze sound is massive. It's a bit rough around the edges, with the vocals being a bit underwhelming, and doesn't reach the heights of Going Blank Again However, when you let the sound of it immerse you it's really impressive. And while the reverb-heavy swells are used to great effect throughout, the most impactful song for me was Dreams Burn Down with sudden bursts of volume punctuating the structure and contrasting with the more dreamlike softer textures

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This was cool, I liked Vapour Trail and Polar Bear. Didn't strike me as anything special tho

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This is another band on this list I've never heard of before listening, I was pleasantly surprised. A really good album full of some awesome tunes. 3.5/5

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It's not bad. Had I found this in my teens or early twenties perhaps it could have been an album I remembered with fondness. Now it will probably be forgotten in a week.

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Jeden z dwóch panów wokalistów bardzo mi nie pasuje, najbardziej to słychać w duetach. Poza tym bardzo przyjemny muzycznie altrock - może i nie wyróżnia się niczym szczególnym (chociaż kilka utworów miało bardzo dobre perkusyjno-gitarowe momenty), ale nie ma tu też nic szczególnego do zarzucenia. Spójny, ciekawy, momentami wolniejszy, momentami szybszy. Utwory jak na moje troszkę za długie, a sekwencje przeciągnięte momentami na siłę. Seagull ma bardzo mocne i ciekawe zakończenie, które z całej płyty najbardziej zapadło mi w pamięć i to chyba tendencja, która przewija się przez cały album - końcówki o wiele lepsze, niż początki. Zespół bardzo fajnie buduje napięcie, szkoda jedynie, że poza utworami nie zrobili tego samego z kolejnością utworów w albumie. Solidne 3 z czystym sumieniem mogę dać, bo fajnie to wszystko brzmi, ale nic więcej.

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It's definitely shoegaze. Very Verve-y, but without as much swagger. I thought the vocals let it down a bit

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Ihan ok progerockpläjäys

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This was fine, and had some nice guitar parts but was not really my taste. I don’t love low fi sounding music in general as I love to hear all of the instruments and I feel like we lost that with the way it was mixed. Since this is shoegaze music that was certainly intentional.

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Mostly blah, but a few outstanding tracks.

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bit forgettable. sorry.

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Never heard of this band. Not great but a nice surprise

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Man, I liked some other shoegaze albums and thought I'd dig this too after reading it was a quintessential album to the genre, but it's a real whiff for me. Not bad, just much less than expected. || It helped me solidify the opinion that shoegaze is just a lamer, British version of early American emo.

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I guess I missed these guys when they were current, but it's decent.

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sounds like early chumbawumba.

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I had never heard of Ride, but this was pretty good.

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Feels like hearing some of the soothing birth gurgles of Britpop. And there's even a future Oasis member singing lead!

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Still a bit too much treble for this Rona ravaged headache zone of a brain I'm currently sporting.

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Indie tranquilo, melódico. Las últimas canciones me gustaron más. No conocía el grupo. Escucharé más de ellos.

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I think this was very much of its time - listening now, I'm not overly impressed.

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Great debut.

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Has a Meat Puppets vibe

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Yea a nice listen

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This was upbeat enough to keep me entertained but it doesnt do much for me. Vapor Trail is a good track.

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I don't where to place myself on this... The listening was OK (a bit long) but some tracks made me move my head. Did not like any song in particular and Juste went through it... Very small 3/5

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Buzzy but somehow pedestrian.

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I wasn't into Ride at the time. Always found it too thin and trebly, not enough bottom end. Lightweight and just not that interesting. Bought this plus the EPs for between 50p and a UKP1 in the Oxfam near where I used to work (plus Doolittte and the first Stone Roses album for about the same amount of money) but it still didn't do much for me. Got media pass last time they played here and enjoyed it. Much better live than on album. See they're back to play this album in full at the end of the year. Will probably look to go and photograph again, even though it's an ok but not amazing album.

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Indieful

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I THINK it’s really good, an interesting spin on the early shoegaze craft. Will need to listen with better headphones though

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not bad at all, i'd say 3.5

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interesting. 3.5/5

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Sounds like a budget version of the Stone Roses

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2,5/5

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Int så bängeri Rock/neo-psykadelisk. Vissa bra låtar men blev långtråkigt

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With an opening track named Seagull, I was pretty hopeful for this album. A bit dreary with some dreary harmonising to really drear it up. A few tracks a bit more ironed where the music drowned out the vocals

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Pietra Miliare

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This album falls into a genre characterized by distorted guitars, 'dreamy' vocals, and feedback. But that doesn't excuse an unrefined sound and overly hollow lyrics. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention, but I mostly just heard noise from this album.

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This ride took me nowhere, sadly.

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No shoegaze for me, thank you.

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Not my genre. But I must say, playing it on the background made it disappear and it did not irritate me so that's something.

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Okay-ish for background music but nothing noteworthy (to me).

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That first song was a banger at least

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Introspective, ethereal lyrics, mixed with jingly jangly drums and guitars . The first time I've heard of the genre "shoegazing" it basically means the artists and audience all look at the floor and sway as the music plays. To be honest it's not that bad, sounds a little bit like James, crossed with The Stone Roses, crossed with Oasis but without any of their emotional high points. Guitarist Andy Bell has played with Oasis and was lead guitarist in Beady Eye. Best track: Vapour Trails.

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Ok in places. Nothing special.

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Angenehmer Rock um im Hintergrund zu hören

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Feels like a caricature of 90s stoner rock

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Meh. Not terrible. Shoegaze is not my bag. But the songs are well written.

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It was okay.

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Drum heavy jangly alternative rock. I can imagine this going down a storm with sensitive young men of the era. Not exactly my cup of tea but eh.

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Wave in picture, called ride... surf album?

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Mwah

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Ik vind het wel iets van filmmuziek weghebben. De meerstemmige zang is wel erg monotoon, maar de muziek maakt veel goed. Leuk albumpje voor erbij, maar kan mij niet meteen bekoren. Over koren gesproken, het klinkt af en toe of ik het amateurkoor hoor zingen in een kerk of zo. **

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Boring

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The Clone Roses

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Middle of the road tunes with yet another vocalist who can't sing.

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I really don’t get shoegaze at all but not on par with some of the shite I’ve rated as 1 star. Wouldn’t listen again.

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