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On 180-gram vinyl, with a BONUS CD copy. Blinding 2013 album ... their first in 22 years! Meticulous noise-pop 'n' woozy guitar tones from the peerless Irish outfit led by Kevin Shields.
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"It's a good album, but not a great one, and though the long tail of history will eventually render such a long production time moot, it's certainly not a record justifying the ludicrous wait." Popmatters
On February 4th 2013 My Bloody Valentine pulled off one of the greatest surprises in modern music by releasing their often promised first full length album in 22 years, and making it available for free online via a internet stream. Well done Kevin Shields, better late than never. As a result this album has been subject to deliberation, cogitation and digestion on a epic scale (see above for some representative samples). For some critics it has provided a wonderful opportunity to dust down that old thesaurus and look up different words for "superlative" as they ascend to the alter of high praise and lose any pretence of objectivity. Others have been more cautious detecting a distinct absence of anything resembling a melody and strong hints that the preoccupations of "Isn't anything" haven't been advanced that far.
Let us start with a statement of fact when it comes to stature this is no "Loveless". There is nothing on here that really compares to the grandeur of "To here knows when", "Soon" or "Loomer". In another sense thank god its different - it would be a terrible indictment after 22 years if Shields came up with a "Loveless Part 2". So lets try to explain how this sounds after "wearing it around" for a month.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Just bless what the band has to offer today. Just focus on today.
I think this new album is remarkable, inventive and daring. It is an obsession. The array of textures is delightful.
I do not care if it took them 22 years to achieve 'that'. I do not care about the past.
Today we have been offered this humbly titled "m b v" and it gives me top grade pleasure every day since I've bought it.
Look, what would you do after a monument like Loveless?
Thank you Mr Shields. I bought the CD because I'd like you to make another one like this. And I don't mind waiting til 2035.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although there are no real standout tracks a la Loveless, time has been kind to MBV. Well worth a listen.Published 22 months ago by alan clarke
22 years is a long time to wait. I loved MBV back in the day. I feel privileged to have seen them live. This was a real disappointment.Published on 20 Dec. 2013 by Mr Mark Hill
Bought this for a friend son only complaint was the cardboard packaging that it was in would have preferred a plastic holder to put in cd rack.....Published on 2 Nov. 2013 by Frances
To write about this combo one must use CAPITAL LETTERS:MY BLOODY VALENTINE AND ITS RETURN 22 YEARS LATER ONLY GIVES US THEIR EXPERIENCE AND A CONSOLIDATED SOUND. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by HELENE RAMOS
Extremely underwhelming in comparison to their previous material, a couple of the tracks of virtually non-songs. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2013 by Kieran Drake
I was slightly too young and not into music enough in my youth to listen to My Bloody Valentine when they released their first two albums, although thankfully I grew up and started... Read morePublished on 2 July 2013 by Sprootie
There are 7 decent songs on here - of which 2 are pretty good in fact - and there are 2 absolutely unlistenable p*ss-takes at the end of the album. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2013 by Young Gunner
After 22 years between their last release MBV have done it again - changed how music can sound and making it seem effortless, they are the way forward and this album is accessible... Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Mr. P. Brown