Nowhere (album)

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This article is about the Ride album. For the 1997 film soundtrack, see Nowhere: Music from the Gregg Araki Movie.
Studio album by Ride
Released 15 October 1990
Recorded Blackwing Studios, London
Genre Shoegazing, pop[1]
Length 39:00
Label Creation
Producer Marc Waterman
Ride chronology
Today Forever

Nowhere is the debut album by British rock band Ride.

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]

Cover artwork[edit]

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]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club A[3]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly B[10]
Los Angeles Times 3/5 stars[11]
NME 7/10[12]
Pitchfork Media 9.5/10[2]
Select 5/5 stars[13]
Sputnikmusic 4.0/5[14]
Uncut 8/10[15]

AllMusic has cited the album as one of the greatest albums of the shoegazing genre.[1] Nowhere was voted number 74 on Pitchfork Media's list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1990s.[16] The track "Vapour Trail" was voted at number 145 on Pitchfork's Top 200 Tracks of the 90s[17] and at number 81 on NME's 100 Best Tracks of the Nineties.[18] The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was ranked at number 277 on Spin‍ '​s "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.[19]

Track listing[edit]

From the band's official website:

The tracks from the Fall EP and the Nowhere LP were all recorded in sessions at Blackwing Studios over the summer of 1990 and were always intended to complement each other. They shared one track ("Dreams Burn Down") and the other 3 EP tracks were added to the CD release of Nowhere in the UK originally as “bonus tracks”. When Nowhere was released in North America and Japan, the 11 track version became the default.

All songs were equally credited to Ride (Andy Bell, Loz Colbert, Mark Gardener, Steve Queralt). Lyrics by Andy Bell, except where noted.

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Seagull"   Gardener and Bell 6:09
2. "Kaleidoscope"   Gardener with Bell 3:01
3. "In a Different Place"   Gardener 5:29
4. "Polar Bear"   Gardener 4:45
5. "Dreams Burn Down"   Gardener 6:04
6. "Decay" (Mark Gardener) Gardener 3:35
7. "Paralysed"   Bell 5:34
8. "Vapour Trail"   Bell 4:18
Additional tracks


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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue # Notes
United Kingdom 15 October 1990 Creation Records LP CRELP074 8 tracks
CD CRECD074 11 tracks
United States 18 December 1990 Sire Records CD 9 26462-2 11 tracks
United Kingdom 24 September 2001 Ignition Records CD IGN CD9 15 tracks
United States 21 December 2010 Rhino Records LP WBLP79789 8 tracks (180-gram vinyl)
February 2011 Rhino Handmade 2CD 603497949298 15 tracks + 12 track live CD


  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy. "Nowhere – Ride". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Bevan, David (4 February 2011). "Ride: Nowhere [20th Anniversary Edition]". Pitchfork Media. 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 Media. 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. ^ Kot, Greg (10 January 1991). "Ride Nowhere (Sire)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Browne, David (25 January 1991). "Nowhere". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Hochman, Steve (24 February 1991). "Ride, 'Nowhere,' Sire/Reprise.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Williams, Simon (13 October 1990). "Ride – Nowhere". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Perry, Andrew (November 1990). "Riders On The Snowstorm". Select (5): 110. 
  14. ^ Thornburgh, Ben (1 August 2013). "Ride – Nowhere". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  15. ^ Richards, Sam (2 August 2012). "Ride reissues". Uncut. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Staff Lists". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Staff Lists". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "NME‘s 100 Best Tracks Of The ’90s - Stereogum". Stereogum. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  19. ^ 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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