Nowhere

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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. But in the end, great pop records necessitate quality songs, which Nowhere delivers throughout. Undeniably, it's Ride's zenith -- dense, tight, hypnotic. "Seagull" serves as a dynamic opener; after a couple seconds of light feedback, bassist Steve Queralt kicks in with a rubbery, elliptical line ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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. But in the end, great pop records necessitate quality songs, which Nowhere delivers throughout. Undeniably, it's Ride's zenith -- dense, tight, hypnotic. "Seagull" serves as a dynamic opener; after a couple seconds of light feedback, bassist Steve Queralt kicks in with a rubbery, elliptical line (reminiscent of a certain Beatles song), which is soon followed by Andy Bell and Mark Gardener's guitar twists and Loz Colbert's alternately gentle and punishing drumming. After the upbeat "Kaleidoscope," the record falls into a tempo lull that initially seems impenetrable and meandering. However, patience reveals a five-song suite of sorts, full of lovely instrumental passages that are punctuated with violent jabs of manic guitars. The endlessly escalating "Polar Bear" is a high point, featuring expertly placed tom rolls from Colbert. The tempo picks up for the closing "Vapour Trail," a wistful pop song with chiming background guitars galore and mournful strings to close it out. The U.S. version was bolstered significantly with the remainder of the Fall EP ("Dreams Burn Down" having reappeared earlier in the record). "Taste" is one of their finest pure pop numbers; the moody/driving "Here and Now" rates well, and the five-minute "Nowhere" is a nasty distorto-freakout. [Nowhere was remastered and reissued by Ignition U.K. in 2001. Added to the 11 tracks featured on Sire's U.S. edition are the four selections from the equally wondrous Today Forever.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/29/1990
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992646222
  • Catalog Number: 26462
  • Sales rank: 56,423

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Seagull (6:10)
  2. 2 Kaleidoscope (3:01)
  3. 3 In a Different Place (5:30)
  4. 4 Polar Bear (4:46)
  5. 5 Dreams Burn Down (6:07)
  6. 6 Decay (3:36)
  7. 7 Paralysed (5:33)
  8. 8 Vapour Trail (4:18)
  9. 9 Taste (3:18)
  10. 10 Here and Now (4:27)
  11. 11 Nowhere (5:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ride Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Loz Colbert Drums
Steve Queralt Bass
Mark Gardener Guitar, Vocals
Andy Bell Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Marc Waterman Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fuzz at its finest

    Few albums make it out of a specialised and long-forgotten genre without sounding tarnished or passe. This one could be written in ten years time and still have the same affect - to blow everything else out of the water with its sheer power and intensity. Along with the often mutually exclusive musical personalities of beauty and angst coupled with screaming noisescapes and precision, it serves to provide a wall of layered sound that far more expensively produced albums could only dream of approaching (at a distance). There are no weak song on the album - first listens will draw one towards the more accessible titles, such as Vapour Trail and Taste, but as the work becomes part of your very cells, nay DNA, Dreams Burn Down, Seagull and In a Different Place will draw tears of deep accoustic joy. Mostly lyrically mediocre, Gardner's vocals nevertheless haunt and excite in equal measures, whilst some lines are hard to top, "Why is it measured in hours / We should make our own time / You're welcome in mine", backed by guitar lines that seem more voice than instrument. I could go on, but the best advice is to get it, somehow. Then take a few months off work and find that repeat button you've never used yet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shoegazing fun

    Other than My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, this is about as good as early 90's British shoegazing guitar rock gets. Consistent guitar-thrusted pop gems from top to bottom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    5 stars for mere nostalgia!!

    It has been years since I pulled this old CD out of it's cover. The songs make me want to find a huge sweater, old blue jeans, sneakers, and a guitar and start making my own etherial music. Probably among the most forgotten releases of the 90's, but it will always bring a smile and a good time.

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