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Just for a Day

Slowdive

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Album Review

Just for a Day is Slowdive's first album, and it shows; when one listens to the magnificent sound of Souvlaki or the brilliant experimentation of Pygmalion, it becomes clear that Just for a Day was only a step toward the greatness they would later achieve. Its sound is quite like Souvlaki's — swelling waves of flanged guitars, layers of wispy vocals floating in and out of the mix, and sweet lazy pop songs — but the production sometimes turns the band's plush, sweet sound into the sort of cheap and cheesy pleasantness one might expect from a new age artist. A few tracks hint at the sound that would be fully achieved on Souvlaki ("Celia's Dream," "Erik's Song"), and the album as a whole must have sounded wonderful before anyone knew what great things the band was capable of — but Just for a Day is really Slowdive in their infancy.

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Reading, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Named after a word in one of Nick Chaplin's dreams — not from a Siouxsie and the Banshees single — Slowdive formed in Reading, England, in late 1989. The group originally consisted of Neil Halstead (guitar/vocals), Rachel Goswell (guitar/vocals), Christian Savill (guitar), Adrian Sell (drums), and Chaplin (bass). Formed when they were mostly in their teens, Slowdive was initially lumped in with the remainder of the early-'90s British shoegaze scene; Slowdive's later releases extended...
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