Ride: Going Blank Again (1992)
Going Blank Again sanded off some of the more abrasive feedback of the debut, providing more room for the 60s-influenced early Britpop of bands like the Stone Roses to filter through -- though it remained enough of a distortion-drenched assault to scare off some casual onlookers. The fantastic opening epic "Leave Them All Behind" features some psychedelic swirls a la My Bloody Valentine's Loveless from the prior year; and like that album, it's more a wash of sound than a song, yet still featuring a catchy vocal hook beneath the groove as well as an engaging, percolating keyboard loop and soaring harmonies. "Time Of Her Time" has a similar vibe, but more concise and hook-driven, another Loveless-like twisted guitar riff masking an otherwise straightforward psyche-pop tune, and it's a personal fave; and "OX4," following a slow, ambient lead-in, adds some Manchester baggy dance grooves to the mix.
Elsewhere they do away with the wall of noise almost altogether, songs like "Twisterella" nursing pure jangly pop more reminiscent of the Stone Roses or New Order's more guitar-driven tunes, while "Making Judy Smile" heralds a playful, tuneful Britpop sentiment.
While clearly of its time, the album holds up well today, the catchy tunes clawing through the din keeping it fresh.
Here's the video for "Leave Them All Behind":