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Album Review

Slowdive's first release is their weakest effort, but it's still a good cluster of somnambulist soundscapes and inert sonic haze. They were definitely falling toward a mood-over-song structure at this point. The title track features droning guitars (an early staple) and the swooning dual vocals of Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell, while the slightly morose and pulsing "Avalyn" appears twice in vocal and instrumental versions. They were at their most derivative here, taking most of their cues from My Bloody Valentine's Isn't Anything, but that doesn't prevent Slowdive from being captivating.

Customer Reviews

stunning debut

considering the critical kicking this band received in the 90's its interesting how fresh this still sounds. and thought they were called derivative they have themselves been very influential and sound less dated than their peers. avalyn II is bliss

one of the finest ep,s ever.......about as good as it gets



Formed: 1989 in Reading, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Commonly identified as shoegaze, Slowdive nonetheless exhibited a broader set of inspirations -- one that spanned four decades, including folk-rock, dub, and ambient techno -- than the majority of their '90s contemporaries. A combination of geographic origin, labelmates such as My Bloody Valentine and Ride, and a sustained predilection for dreamlike harmonies and psychedelicized layers of guitar, led to inevitable restrictive classification. The band's distinctive sound continually evolved from their...
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