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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.


Formed: 1989 in Reading, England

Genre: Alternative

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

Named after 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 upon the likes of the Cocteau Twins and the more atmospheric sides...
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