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Going Blank Again

4.5 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Leave Them All Behind
  2. Twisterella
  3. Not Fazed
  4. Chrome Waves
  5. Mouse Trap
  6. Time Of Her Time
  7. Cool Your Boots
  8. Making Judy Smile
  9. Time Machine
  10. 0X4


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LSL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeremy Simmons on September 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I am always surprised how often Ride's masterpiece is overlooked or ranked below "Nowhere". Clearly "Nowhere" was a seminal CD and showed their promise, but it was on this CD, "Going Blank Again", that Mark Gardener showed VAST improvement on his vocals, and he and Andy Bell (now of Oasis) truly came into their own as songwriters. The quality of the production is superb, though perhaps not brilliant, and the band play their instruments with consummate skill and were clearly well-rehearsed before going into the studio.

With classics such as "Cool Your Boots", "Chrome Waves" and "Leave It All Behind" (among others), this CD would be worth buying for those tracks alone. But there's hardly a weak track on it! "Time Machine"'s intro is a bit over-long, as is the intro for the genuinely emotional and beautifully melodic "OX4", but otherwise this shoegazer classic is virtually without peer. (excepting of course such CDs as MBV's "Loveless", Lush's "Gala", and a few others).

Ride are one of the very best shoegazer bands to ever put their sounds to record, and this is without a doubt their very best effort (kind of went downhill after this one I'm afraid). The wall of sound, haunting vocal lines blended with layers of chorus and verb and feedback and...well...it's all there. Just listen to it. You'll thank yourself.
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Format: Audio CD
When I was in college in the very early 90s, I was totally obsessed with Ride. I had all their albums, posters, t-shirts, you name it! Should have kept them all, as they may have been worth something now. :-) I even saw them a few times in concert, and I thought it was the high point of my life when one of the guys from the band (Steve) came out and talked to me and my friends for half an hour after one show. After I left school in 1993 I sort of lost touch with the whole "alternative" music scene--it was just this year that I learned Ride had broken up! It seems like they are getting more attention now than when they were together.
Of all the bands I used to love, this one had probably best stood the test of time (well, the last 10 years anyway). This album, along with their early EPs and Nowhere, are masterpieces of british guitar pop. Unlike many of the shoegazing bands, who were relentlessly depressing in their music and lyrics, Ride's albums can actually cheer you up, and don't sound too dated. It's too bad they had to go mess things up with the "Carnival of Light" weirdness. They were on the brink of crossover semi-stardom with Going Blank Again, and if they had made another album of the same quality, they could have been a lot bigger. Oh well, at least those of us in the know can still enjoy their older stuff!
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The Going Blank Again album catches Oxfordshire's greatest band ever, Ride, at their zenith. Here they are more experienced and sophisticated than on their earlier efforts but not yet corrupted by the pride and laziness that come with fame and fortune, as seen on Carnival of Light or Tarantula for that matter. On this album Laurence Colbert's drumming, always a pillar of the band's sound, really comes to the fore. He's probably one of the most underrated percussionists in modern rock. His riffs and fills on "Cool Your Boots" for example will have you hitting the back button over and over and over. This album was produced more professionally than Smile, Nowhere, or the earlier singles, and it shows. Whereas Nowhere sounds like it was recorded in an aquarium, Going Blank Again is clearly the work of a first-rate producer (in this case Alan Moulder of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire). Last but not least, although most of Ride's written critical acclaim mentions Nowhere in the first paragraph, Going Blank Again is at once more accessible and more intricate and therefore more deserving of mention. I highly recommend this masterpiece to any music fan, and as a devoted Ride fanatic, I recommend that newcomers to the band should begin their education by purchasing this CD immediately.
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Looking back on the 90s, there were many great albums. Some folks loved Nevermind while others preferred OK Computer or even Deserter's Songs (Mercury Rev). While those are all great albums, Ride's Going Blank Again would be my choice for the proverbial desert island disc.
Leave Them All Behind, the epic 8:17 opening track, opens with a keyboard sequence that sounds reminiscent of the Who, and the song lives up to the comparison with lots of noise, drumming that Keith Moon would be proud of and layers of swirling guitars built on top of the drums. Cool Your Boots is another great track with really inventive rhythms and effects-laden guitar. Every song on the album has something to offer and is still a joy to listen to more than 10 years later.
The 2001 Ignition reissue/remaster version features four bonus tracks recorded during the album sessions (and originally released as b-sides): Going Blank Again, Howard Hughes, Stampede and Grasshopper. All four tracks are strong enough that they could have made the album. In fact, this is one of those rare albums where there just isn't a weak song.
If you're not already a Ride fan, start with this album. It will leave you wanting more. If you aleady had the Creation/Sire version of this album - buy the Ignition release. The sound quality is improved from the remastering and the extra tracks really add to the album experience.
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