After listening to 1990's Nowhere and 1992's Going Blank Again (both CD Changer albums), Dan suggested I look into the third piece of the Ride trilogy, 1990's Smile. This is actually a compilation of their first two EPs (Ride and Play) and is just as high quality as their previous offerings.
There's no slouch in the bunch here, although the latter part of the album holds the two undeniable gems, "Like a Daydream" and "Furthest Sense." It works as an album too: much like Nowehere, Ride sets the mood early and then lets the big guns loose later to finish the album off. "Like a Daydream" is personified by its dreamy guitar sound and cloud-like vocals (and I am not even being sarcastic here, but sincere, so pardon the appropriate puns); "Furthest Sense" can be summed up with the chorus "It's time for a change/I'm not asking, I'm telling you." Indeed.
Ride - "Like a Daydream"
It's another great album by a band on top of its game. I think of these guys as a shoegazer version of the 1970s Buzzcocks or Wire: an initial three albums of brilliance, followed by a serious come-down. But they were awesome when they were on form: a little bit of rock, a little bit of tranquil atmosphere, and a little bit of flowing vibe.
CD Placement Rating: Car CD Changer.