hated the term, the “shoegaze” tag fit this UK band. Like My Bloody Valentine,
their blare partially masked expert pop craft and built up anticipation to this
1990 debut, now reissued as a 20th anniversary 2-CD set featuring bonus tracks
and an L.A.
concert from ’91.
the British Top 10, Nowhere was
probably their highlight before the touring grind and Brit-pop’s ascendency
spelled their doom in ’96. Swirling ringing guitars, chanted vocals and distant
production, at times evoking psych-era Fabs, Byrds and Moby Grape, make this a
classic of the genre. On the live disk, some sonic murk and associated mystery
disappear but they still roar and sound tight with some elegant guitar work
(especially on “Dreams Burn Down” and “In A Different Place,” where they get
the crowd worked up) and may actually appeal to agnostics more. They definitely
handled the balance of noise and tunes better than MBV did live.
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