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  • Audio CD (October 8, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A & M Records
  • ASIN: B000002GK3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"Raise", Swervedriver's freshman album, caused genuine -and strangely unanimous- excitement among British and American critics and caught a fire with a midsize but devout fanbase. Their sophomore and junior efforts generated even stronger praise, but for me the first is the most gripping of their records. Nobody, except perhaps St. Johnny with "Speed is Dreaming" made such a combination of vibrant colour and texture with crackling power in their guitar attack. The owners of many, many effects pedals, Jimmy Hartridge and Adam Franklin trade scattering prismatics of feedback, instrumental and amp noise, woven with picked melodies into tremendous, cascading guilloches. The rhythm section pounds with a thick elasticity, and accentuates the uncanny dynamics in the songwriting, while Franklin's smoky vocals merge a moody lethargy obliquely with the speeding traffic of the blurry guitars. The Swervies rev with power and chunk while other British "shoegazer" bands lacked the force and verve to give their guitar textures bite. The resulting tension, going nowhere fast, is highly evocative of... one can never say quite what. Swervedriver are daydreamers in a rainy England of Constable lanscapes, flying saucers, cathedrals and political discontent, if you know what I mean.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Young on August 24, 2003
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Swervedriver is, simply put, an amazing band. "Raise" is alternatingly their best or second best album (along with "Mezcal Head") depending on my mood. This one I love for its true shoegazing sound. It is muddied and dreamlike, and full of guitar work that one can only truly appreciate if they see Swervedriver or Adam Franklin (Toshack Highway) live.
This is full of so many great songs I don't even know where to begin. Perhaps most importantly, the album has a great flow to it, similar in that regard to both XTC's "Skylarking" and Radiohead's "OK Computer" (even though the music is much, much different for all those bands). For fans of old Dinosaur, MBV, or Sonic Youth, this CD is a must, as is "Mezcal Head" and any assortment of early Swervedriver b-sides that you can find. Swervedriver's b-sides are second to nobody's, not even the better Cure b-sides.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Joseph on April 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I remember when this album was first released and the song "Son of Mustang Ford" was used for the kickball scene in a Pete and Pete show. It kicked me in the head then, and it still does now as I listen to it. These guys are guitar heroes that should have been infinitely more popular than they are. If you like hard hitting rock, this band does it more tunefully and intellegently than many of the other artist of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zedhead on August 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Simple... if you like heavy guitar rock and don't own a copy of `Raise'...BUY IT NOW, at any cost! You won't be sorry. `Raise' is an incredible sonic monster; combining the heavy guitar experimentation of Sonic Youth's `Daydream Nation' / Dinosaur Jr.'s `You're Living All Over Me', along with the atmospheric hypnotic shoegazing of My Bloody Valentine's `Loveless', and, heck... throw in the psychedelic artistry of early Pink Floyd. To try to merge all these into one album is difficult enough for a seasoned group, but to try it on your debut album is a recipe for disaster. However Swervedriver pulled it off with flying colours, and gave the world this brilliant work of art.

If I can make any criticism, it's the production quality of the recording. In my humble opinion this is not Swervedriver's best, I'll give that award to `Mezcal Head'... only due to the better production. I'd love to see a digital re-mastered edition of `Raise' become available, however the muddied and distorted atmosphere is admittedly part of its charm. Stand out tracks for me are "Sci-Flyer", "Son Of Mustang Ford", "Deep Seat" "Rave Down" and "Sandblasted". Not to diminish the other songs, they all work together and blend into each other like, well, OK I know I'm copying many other reviewers but it's true... the music weaves together like a movie soundtrack. One reviewer here likened the music-flow effect to that of Radiohead's `OK Computer' which I never thought of but it's true. However my personal comparison were of the masters of this... Pink Floyd, with `Animals' or `The Wall'. But make no mistake, Swervedriver sounds nothing like those bands - this is searing guitar / thundering base and the Swervies never rocked harder then on `Raise'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album my freshman year in college, over 7 years ago. I played the hell out of it then, and I still haven't gotten sick of it. The production sounds a bit bad nowadays, but the songs are great and Swervedriver has never rocked this hard again. One of the most criminally overlooked bands of the decade.
Sci-Flyer still blows my mind...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Cronin on May 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is undoubtedly a great album, but it is not their best. That accolade belongs to mezcal head which is (in my opinion) flawless. If you are new to swervedriver this album will not dissapoint, it is probably more acessable than their other stuff and is well worth checking out. If you like Ride or My Bloody Valentine or even pink floyd - you will like this. If you want something a bit mellower (though raise is trippy, it does rock) i suggest you check out swervedriver vocalist Adam Franklin's side project Toshack Highway. You should really buy this if you don't own it already.
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