Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
After its 1996 album Tarantula, the British band Ride called it quits thanks to the time-honored "creative differences" between songwriters and guitarists Andy Bell and Marc Gardener. Gardener was always the better singer,... more »
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After its 1996 album Tarantula, the British band Ride called it quits thanks to the time-honored "creative differences" between songwriters and guitarists Andy Bell and Marc Gardener. Gardener was always the better singer, but Bell was the band's real visionary, and he was the first to resurface in America with a new group and a new album. And regardless of what the sales figure show, Hurricane blows the Gallagher brothers away. Bell successfully charts a course between the live-in-the-studio energy and immediacy of Tarantula or 1990's Ride EP and the heavily orchestrated, psychedelic arrangements of 1994's Carnival of Light, Ride's best album. He's still enamored of '60s rock sounds-the phased vocals, Mellotrons, Hammond organ, tabla, and vintage guitar tones-but he's a much more skillful synthesist than jokers like Lenny Kravitz, Matthew Sweet, or even Oasis. Songs like "Just Another Illusion" and "Stand in Line" recall the spirit of '67 more than the specific recordings, complete with Bell asserting the classic rock & roll themes of independence and individuality."When I turn the lights on and see my baby dancing, then I'm a lucky man," Bell sings, and his passion is such that you feel lucky for sharing it with him. Jim Derogatis
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Still a great modern rock CD
kevinicus | San Francisco, CA | 02/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had this CD since 1997, and I still listen to it on a regular basis, it's great to put in your CD player in your car, and just go - the guitar solos are brilliantly massive, this group has great bass playing and a "wall of sound" ala Oasis circa "Definitely Maybe". The singer sounds a bit like Liam Gallagher but honestly he's got more range. These guys broke up and Andy Bell has since joined Oasis but this CD is definitely worth a few bucks and is worth listening to over and over - from the wa-wa jangles and heavy bass of "Another Illusion", to the gigantic organ entrance and massive guitar sounds of "Faces In A Dream" - The single from this album that really hit big was "Step Into My World" which in the US was featured in the TV ads for the new VW Beetle - it's a great song with great lyrics and a great guitar cord. Other highlights of this album (on the rockier side) are "Chain Reaction" and "Touchdown". "Strange Meeting" and "Monday afternoon" are both classics. There are some great organ/synth solos in these songs as well as guitar solos. And who can forget lines like, "And if I never see you again, I'll remember every bad time has to end" (from Strange Meeting) ...or "Feeling anti-social on a Monday afternoon, get on the train and disappear" ... and "Fill deep inside and help me wash the pain, make the madness drift away".Great stuff."
Not a bad release by Andy Bell and company.
B. Pritchett | Danville, Va. | 06/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After Ride broke up Andy Bell immediatly assembled his next outfit, Hurricane #1. Immediatly at first listen Hurricane #1 sounds exactlly like Oasis. Even the lyrics are some what reminisent of Noel Gallangher's lyrics. About the only difference that can heard between Hurricane #1's sound and Oasis' sound is that Andy Bell uses more effects than Noel Gallangher on the guitar (Most notably the wah-wah, which has seemed to be Bell's favorite effect). Also with Hurricane #1 Andy Bell and company went after extended jams which can be heard on most of the songs he wrote (Just Another Illusion, Step Inside My World, etc). Some of the highlights on the disk are Just Another Illusion, Step Inside My World, and Strange Meeting. The biggest criticism I can offer up on the band is that they, well, sound like Oasis.As I type this Hurricane #1 is no longer as the band broke up in late 1999 and perhaps in my opinion, not surprisingly Andy Bell joined Oasis on bass. I think to some of the Ride fans this was some what surprising (On one Ride fan web site the webmaster said Andy Bell joining Oasis was like Paul McCartney joining Hanson). But if you listen to Hurricane #1 you'll find that the move was not surprising. Basically because the two bands sound so similar. It will be very interesting to here the fifth Oasis album (if there shall be in the first place), because now Oasis has two songwriters (I'm not sure if Gem Archer writes songs). Noel Gallangher and Andy Bell. How will this affect Oasis?"
A nice little Britpop gem
Wickerlove | Canada | 09/10/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Quite often Oasis offshoots will get lost under the radar, but Hurricane #1's self-titled debut hovers a bit higher than generic Britpop. Formerly of Ride, Hurricane #1 is Andy Bell's baby, brash riffs and lush guitar precision dominate the CD, occasionally falling somewhere in between Fools Gold's distorted funk and southern rock plucking. The percussion is straight out of Madchester, dancey rhythms similar to The Charlatans UK first few albums (along with the occasional organ) meeting Liam Gallagher-type vocals, yet more toned-down and a little less sneer. If you're searching for Britpop that's not bland, Hurricane #1 throws 70's classic rock, mid 90's Britpop, and Madchester all together and makes it work. You can't go wrong."