My Bloody Valentine – m b v

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So what is there to say about one of the most iconic bands of my generation? Well, suddenly after 22-years of silence, Kevin Shields & Co decided to follow-up one of the most ground-breaking records of all time. Not that the songwriting on Loveless was exceptional in any kind of way, but the sound engineering and production was incomparable to anything prior – and the records influence present for years to come.

My personal relationship with MBV is somewhat jarring. When Loveless hit the stores, I was merely 10 years old and had in no way enough musical experience to understand or appreciate it. As I continued to explore my musical adolescence, I stumbled upon more and more bands, friends, schoolmates, claiming Loveless as their chief influence/inspiration.

By the time I reached 15, I had to hear for myself what all the fuss was about. It took me a while, but once I was sucked into Loveless, it was impossible to listen to any record with any sense traditional arrangement or structure for some time to come. Loveless was my heroin, and I was addicted. Sadly My Bloody Valentine, like so many other artists, wouldn’t  or couldn’t follow-up their masterpiece. But Loveless went on to  inspire a whole generation of musicians and giving birth to new classics. Maybe they felt that the magic was broken; there were simply too many copycats and no way to go from there.

Still, here it is. A new MBV album. After 22 years. I was afraid of pressing play; didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it couldn’t sound like Loveless, and I didn’t want it to either. After a couple of spins I truly feel that this is the only album MBV could have made. It sounds exactly like the follow-up you would expected from them. It’s beautiful in any way and just like Loveless did, it grows on me by the minute. Other than that there shouldn’t be too many comparisons between the two albums.

To quote Michael Nelson from Stereogum: “Loveless cannot be followed. It has already been recreated; it has already been expanded upon. Its magic has been stolen. It is not merely a classic, it has given birth to classics. It is an icon, no less so than Never Mind The Bollocks or Nevermind itself. Loveless is bigger than the genre that formed around it — shoegazing — but more crucially, it is bigger than My Bloody Valentine.”

So without further dwelling on specific details about the sound or songwriting, I urge you to listen for yourself and create your own opinion of one of the most exiting returns in music history.

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