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This review is from: Loveless (Audio CD)
What at first comes across as an aural manifestation of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre soon reveals itself as a spellbinding mix of evocative song structures, melancholy vocals and droning but intelligently applied feedback guitar. Behind the white noise lies a whole world of hidden melodies, sleepy moans and mesmerising rhythms that with every listen evoke further dreamy horizons. The blurred vocals of guitarists Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher are indistinguishable in their incorporeal wistfulness: complex and gripping in the masterpiece of minor chords To Here Knows When, ethereal and Cocteau Twins-like in the misty Blown A Wish. Other desolate sound sculptures include Only Shallow, Loomer and Touched, while Soon completes the cycle with a blisteringly pounding beat, the Valentine's nod to rave culture. These tracks knock you out; their effect is immobilising.