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3.0 out of 5 stars can do better, and hopefully will, 12 Mar. 2013
This review is from: M b v (Audio CD)
let's get straight to the point: i fully expect the vast majority of my bloody valentine fans to rate this a distant 3rd behind isn't anything and loveless

they were great records, this is not, just merely decent overall

i'd rate 3 songs as good, 1 dreadful, 2 poor, and 3 ok

but thankfully its not the disappointing, predictable and dreaded "change of direction" that normally means "if you like our previous stuff you probably won't like this" - its just that it doesn't quite have any of the punch of earlier mbv records, or as many of the amazing melodies

if you are reading this as an already converted mbv fan, then, like all fans, you will buy this, and so you should - but if you are new to the band, i'd strongly suggest you obtain isn't anything and/or loveless before this record

its not that its a bad record, its not..... its just very difficult to judge it without unconsciously comparing it to previous efforts - thats why, in isolation, i've given it 3 stars, because overall its ok - but in terms of my personal disappointment comparing this to isn't anything+loveless i would be ranking it as a 1 or 2 star effort

most of the modern day "professional" reviewers won't rubbish this record because:
a)they wouldn't dare
b)they never were around (maybe alive but not active in music!) at the time of release of i.a + loveless, if they're being honest, so those records are merely pieces of history, as opposed to something they saved up money to go and buy
c)unfortunately its "fashionable" to like mbv, almost embarassingly and patronisingly so, reading some of the reviews

hopefully this record is a resurrection, rather than the finale - and more, truly new material (not seemingly a compilation of the last 20 odd years) is forthcoming, and soon

and don't let any "experts" confuse the issue with the "have you heard it on vinyl though?" - a great record is great, whatever the format.....if you find yourself arguing that it "needs to be heard" on this format or that format, then you've missed the point

isn't anything and loveless were really special, really special indeed, on any format - i suspect most fans would buy any mbv release just based on those 2 records alone

we've been truly, truly, spoiled by how good mbv were, and overall, this stuff sounds a little like demos etc that just didn't quite make previous releases, but respect to the band for releasing it - maybe in a sick way (and i don't think the band would do this, its not their style?), i'm hoping they were releasing it to make a few quid (because they know it will obviously sell to the hardcore fans), because that way i can justify to myself that they don't really think this is the best they can do, and then they come back with something stronger - or am i just clutching at straws? i hope not....

really pleased to see the band back with us, maybe they never went away..... hopefully its the re-birth of a special group
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