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A Difficult Masterpiece?,
This review is from: Loveless (Re-mastered By Kevin Shields) (2CD) (Audio CD)
This is a classic album, no doubt about it, but I'd like to say a couple of qualifiers here. In answer to the people who bought this having never heard MBV beyond their reputation who don't get it - fans of MBV don't like this to appear cool, show off to their friends, be "muso" or owt like that. MBV were one of the "big 3" indie/noise bands of the 80s/90s (Sonic Youth & Jesus & Mary Chain being the other 2) & in terms of alternative music created 2 unique LPS & 4 EPs, with their sound evolving to what you'll hear on this LP - a blend of noise & melody the likes of which had never been heard before and hasn't been since (not for want of trying by their many imitators, including Ride who wouldn't have sounded anything like they did in their 1st few releases without MBV).
It's not for eveyone, obviously, due to the whole noise part of the equation, but if you're going to buy something you should have some idea of what it is that you're getting. Yes, the vocals are low in the mix, but not to the point where they're completely unintelligible, and yes, there is a lot of noise over the melody. If you want to listen to something that isn't obvious or commercial & enjoy music you can immerse yourself in then this is quite simply one of the best records you'll ever buy. If you don't like music that has noise over the melody, doesn't have obvious hooks & sigalong choruses then don't get this, you'll be disappointed.
To be honest, if you're curious & have never heard MBV before & are wanting to take the plunge then buy the CD that collects their 4 EPs as it shows the group progress (missing out the twee C86 period collected on "Ecstasy & Wine") from indie/noise to something that can't really be classified & will give you an idea from the last 2 EPs what this LP is like.
Also, while I'm on the subject of honesty, I wouldn't bother buying this LP in this format as it's just the original remastered in 2 ways when there was nothing wrong with the original - 18 engineering credits, a torturous length of time in the making & contributing heavily to the bankruptcy of Creation with the cost of making it unsurprisingly not leading to a poorly produced LP. If there were extra tracks (when are they planning to re-release the Glider remixes FFS?) or a DVD this might be worth getting instead of the original but this seems a bit unnecessary.
Having said all that, I loved MBV from the first time I heard the "You Made Me Realise" EP & I'm of the opinion that this is such a good album that every home should have one & no self-respecting fan of alternative music can dislike it - it's genius & the theory that MBV went into meltdown because they couldn't top it is quite credible (especially in light of Kevin Shields somewhat disappointing new material on the Lost In Translation soundtrack) so I am massively biased :)