By Ira Robbins
Updated November 09, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

Noisy guitar distortion is often a mask for artistic ineptitude, but this London quartet uses its fuzzboxes, feedback, and wah-wah to create gusts of tuneful rock & roll excitement. Ride’s debut, Smile, wraps eight delicate pop songs in a chaotic storm, daring listeners to weather the onslaught and enjoy their charm. B

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