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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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sonic bliss

I bought this cd when i was a junior in high school. When everyone was listening to mainstream crap on the radio, I had the unique privledge to wrap my ears around this beautiful sound orgasm. Slowdive followed in the cocteau twins footsteps, but added their own style. Beautiful, swirling guitars and heavenly voices that weave together like a fine tapestry. Seeing them live was even more of a treat. If one was fortunate to witness the shoegaze era they can look back and honestly say they saw something out of the realm the average pop band...


A beautiful work of sonic dreamscaping. This album is a rainy day delight that still inspires many years later. It holds up very well over time. Highly recommended to fans of sweeping, orchestrated slabs of loveliness.

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.


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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