- 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)
Going Blank Again
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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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Music is 5 star but no lyrics or liner notes. Atlest I got the bonus tracks.Published 16 days ago by David A. Dimaggio
Very happy with my overall purchase. It came exactly as described and in a quick fashionable timing.Published 18 months ago by BeeBee
Shoegaze rock full of thick reverbs creating the wall of sound effect that sometimes reminds me of The Verve. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Hunyadi
This is my first tangible audio CD and I'm very glad I waited for Ride in particular. The grinding guitar, the blending vocals, the "atmospheric wall of sound" overwhelm me... Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Bailey Barkley
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