Nowhere (album)

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Studio album by
Released15 October 1990
StudioBlackwing Studios, London
ProducerMarc Waterman
Ride chronology
Today Forever

Nowhere is the debut album by British rock band Ride, released 15 October 1990. Rolling Stone called the album "a masterpiece",[1] and online magazine Pitchfork called it "one of [shoegazing's] enduring moments".[2]

Background and production[edit]

Ride released three EPs, Ride, Play, and Fall, prior to the release of Nowhere.[2] Nowhere was recorded live-in-the-studio with producer Marc Waterman.[3] Waterman had a mental breakdown, which resulted in Alan Moulder mixing the recordings.[3]


The album cover features an uncrested wave photographed by Warren Bolster.[4] The original LP cover artwork had the band name in embossed text centered in the upper half and an embossed album title in the lower right corner. The original cassette and CD releases featured no band name or album title on the cover, but sometimes came with an identifying sticker on the outside of the CD or cassette case. For the 2001 CD re-release, the band name and title were printed visibly on the cover in the locations of the LP's embossed text.[5] The 2011 Rhino Handmade edition features a lenticular design of the wave.[6]


Nowhere was released by Creation Records on 15 October 1990. The album was issued in the United States in December 1990 by Sire Records, featuring three bonus tracks culled from the band's Fall EP.[2]

A 2001 reissue by Ignition Records further added the four songs from the band's Today Forever EP as bonus tracks.

In February 2011, Rhino Handmade released a special 20th anniversary edition of Nowhere, featuring the remastered original album with seven bonus tracks, plus a bonus disc featuring a previously unreleased live performance at The Roxy in Los Angeles recorded on 10 April 1991. The set also includes a 40-page booklet with exclusive photos and a new essay by music critic Jim DeRogatis, as well as a lenticular-covered digipak book.[6][7] In conjunction with the re-release, the band performed the album in its entirety at a series of live shows in October 2015.[8]

In November 2015, the band released a special 25th anniversary edition of Nowhere across two separate formats: a CD/DVD set, and a coloured-vinyl double LP. The CD features the same audio material as the 2001 and 2011 reissues remastered, with a DVD featuring a previously unreleased live performance at Town and Country Club in London on 7 March 1991. The discs come in a hardback cardboard case with canvas-style cover and a 36-page booklet. The 2LP version features an expanded track listing with 7 bonus tracks from the Fall and Today Forever EPs, and was pressed on white and blue marbled colour vinyl. The reissue was released independently.[9]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[10]
The A.V. ClubA[3]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[11]
Entertainment WeeklyB[12]
Mojo4/5 stars[13]
Q4/5 stars[15]

AllMusic has cited the album as one of the greatest albums of the shoegazing genre.[10] Nowhere was voted number 74 on Pitchfork's list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1990s.[18] The track "Vapour Trail" was voted at number 145 on Pitchfork's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s[19] and at number 81 on NME's 100 Best Tracks of the Nineties.[20] The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[21] The album was ranked at number 277 on Spin's "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.[22]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were equally credited to Ride (Andy Bell, Laurence "Loz" Colbert, Mark Gardener, Steve Queralt).

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Seagull"Gardener and Bell6:09
2."Kaleidoscope"Gardener with Bell3:01
3."In a Different Place"Gardener5:29
4."Polar Bear"Gardener4:45
5."Dreams Burn Down"Gardener6:04
6."Decay" (Mark Gardener)Gardener3:35
8."Vapour Trail"Bell4:18


  • Mark Gardener – vocals, guitar
  • Andy Bell – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
  • Steve Queralt – bass
  • Laurence Colbert – drums


  1. ^ "Shoegaze Band Ride Will Reunite After Beady Eye Breakup". 19 November 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Bevan, David (4 February 2011). "Ride: Nowhere [20th Anniversary Edition]". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Ryan, Kyle (8 February 2011). "Ride: Nowhere (two-disc 20th-anniversary reissue)". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  4. ^ Discogs credits
  5. ^ Ride – Nowhere (CD, Album) at Discogs
  6. ^ a b "Rhino – Nowhere: 20th Anniversary Edition". Rhino Entertainment. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (11 November 2010). "Pitchfork: Ride's Nowhere Gets Double-Disc Reissue". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  8. ^ Britton, Luke Morgan (2 October 2015). "Ride to perform debut album 'Nowhere' in full at 25th anniversary shows". NME. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Ride announce nowhere 25th anniversary reissue". Pitchfork. 8 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  10. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Nowhere – Ride". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  11. ^ Kot, Greg (10 January 1991). "Ride: Nowhere (Sire)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  12. ^ Browne, David (25 January 1991). "Nowhere". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  13. ^ Harris, Sophie (January 2016). "Ride: Nowhere 25". Mojo (266): 104.
  14. ^ Williams, Simon (13 October 1990). "Ride – Nowhere". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Ride: Nowhere". Q (364): 115. October 2016.
  16. ^ Perry, Andrew (November 1990). "Riders On The Snowstorm". Select (5): 110.
  17. ^ Richards, Sam (2 August 2012). "Ride reissues". Uncut. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  19. ^ "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 150-101". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  20. ^ "NME's 100 Best Tracks Of The '90s – Stereogum". Stereogum. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  21. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  22. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (11 May 2015). "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)". Spin. Retrieved 6 August 2015.


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