9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before Neil Halstead sang bearded, beachy folk tunes, he drove Rickenbackers through countless effects and sang heavenly harmonies with Rachel Goswell in Slowdive. After a handful of EPs which showed Slowdive as masters at orchestrating three-part guitar-wash symphonies, Just for a Day revealed the quintet writing catchier songs and honing the harmonies that made Halstead and Goswell a pair of early '90s indie darlings. "Spanish Air" opens borrowing from the Cure's Disintegration, but it's the lovely "Celia's Dream" that truly sets the tone with bouncing lilts of guitar delay and Halstead's wispy inflections. Had shoegazing gone mainstream, "Catch the Breeze" would have been a hit. The descending verse chords, delicately braided vocals, astral guitar crescendos, soaring melodies, and pulsing drums all took the dream pop sound as far as it could go. Slowdive flirted with adolescent goth roots in the melancholic "Ballad of Sister Sue" and turned kids on to Erik Satie with the inspired instrumental "Erik's Song." 1993's Souvlaki connected to a wider audience as they landed producer Brian Eno, but Just for a Day is the exciting sound of a young and innovative band huddled around a single light in the darkness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Before Neil Halstead sang bearded, beachy folk tunes, he drove Rickenbackers through countless effects and sang heavenly harmonies with Rachel Goswell in Slowdive. After a handful of EPs which showed Slowdive as masters at orchestrating three-part guitar-wash symphonies, Just for a Day revealed the quintet writing catchier songs and honing the harmonies that made Halstead and Goswell a pair of early '90s indie darlings. "Spanish Air" opens borrowing from the Cure's Disintegration, but it's the lovely "Celia's Dream" that truly sets the tone with bouncing lilts of guitar delay and Halstead's wispy inflections. Had shoegazing gone mainstream, "Catch the Breeze" would have been a hit. The descending verse chords, delicately braided vocals, astral guitar crescendos, soaring melodies, and pulsing drums all took the dream pop sound as far as it could go. Slowdive flirted with adolescent goth roots in the melancholic "Ballad of Sister Sue" and turned kids on to Erik Satie with the inspired instrumental "Erik's Song." 1993's Souvlaki connected to a wider audience as they landed producer Brian Eno, but Just for a Day is the exciting sound of a young and innovative band huddled around a single light in the darkness.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
48 Ratings
48 Ratings
Prettyoddindeed ,

Unbelievable

Their sound is hypnotizing. By far one of my favorite shoegaze bands (or bands in general). Buy this album. You need it in your life. Not to mention it is calm enough for help with sleep and concentration on homework.

c_h_keeley ,

Beautiful work of art!

I love this album, Slowdive was so grossly underrated. The whole album makes you feel like you're going on an asterial journey. Yes I will admit and I am not ashamed to say, when I hear "Erik's song" my eyes become Niagra Falls.

psychedelicmatt ,

Late Night Wonderland.

Celia's Dream to me is amongst some of the best songs ever made. It has the sweetest melodies, tell me where is a vocal melody this pretty on Nowhere or Isn't Anything? (Not to down those albums because they're incredible as well), and the sonic wash here is one of the best in this genre's ballpark. .
Flawless song on a wonderful, incredibly overlooked record.

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