Review Revue: Slowdive - Just for a Day

Review Revue
Levi Fuller

Reading's Slowdive were one of the bands that defined the shoegaze sound of the early '90s, although their career suffered somewhat in that their first album, Just for a Day, was released just as the British press was tiring of the scene and ready for some backlash. Today, they're remembered as a key band in an important and influential musical moment, and like other bands from that scene, have resurrected themselves recently to much global acclaim. With My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, and Swervedriver all active right now, it's almost as if the backlash never happened. Now let's head back to a simpler time and place, free of the cynicism of the British press... KCMU, Seattle, 1991.

"Languid, heavily orchestrated muzak (no one is willing to take credit for the synthesizers) with an occasional climactic bit. BORING."

"This feels very symphonic in spots, evoking images of open spaces & meadows & such. Yes, the tempos are slow, and some of the parts don't quite work like they're supposed to, but the overall impression is of a young band that's on to something... but don't quite have a full grasp of it yet. Give 'em time."

"Well, I think it's nice... it reminds me of slower Chapterhouse tracks or a prettier Bleach. [I don't think there's any way they mean the Nirvana album, so I'm guessing this must refer to the Ipswich band by that name.] I think this is pretty, and my life has been so ugly lately..."

"Could be the goatee..."

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