My Bloody Valentine
You Made Me Realise


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by timbo8 USER (42 Reviews)
November 20th, 2007 | 148 replies | 16,919 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


My Bloody Valentine is back in the indie music headlines with plans for two new albums of unreleased material that will be the first new releases from the band as a whole since 1991’s landmark record Loveless. Outside of that and Isn’t Anything, their work is spread out over a string of almost a dozen EPs, many of them documenting the band’s earlier gothic rock style. As the band moved into shoegazing, a genre My Bloody Valentine could pretty much be credited with as creating, one of the earliest examples of their later style is in the EP You Made Me Realise from 1988 and just prior to Isn’t Anything. It is uniquely more instrumentally upbeat than Loveless and more lyrically clear while still captivating with the “wall of sound” that is the band’s hallmark.

You Made Me Realise begins with the namesake of the EP and one of the strongest tracks in MBV’s catalog “You Made Me Realise,” a powerful song featuring soaring vocals from Kevin Shields and Belinda Butcher and a simmering guitar riff. As opposed to the use of vocals as sounds more than anything in Loveless, the lyrics are quite clear even amid distortion and carry out the frenzied pace of the song. A little past the minute and a half mark, the song begins to descend into a very thick layer of guitar distortion, almost seeming to showcase the use of ambiance to deliver the surrealistic sensations of their music, before the standard guitar riff reappears to close out the forceful opener.

More relaxed and dreamy is “Slow,” which seems to make little effort in trying to conceal that it is about a blowjob. Shields’s groaning vocals encapsulate the quite explicit nature of the song, which fits under the intimate themes in much of MBV’s music. Evident here is a consistent ambient melody through the entire song that is indicative of Loveless. More sunny and pleasant images come to mind in the next song “Thorn,” which showcases MBV at one of their lightest moments. The strongly pop-oriented melody is only restrained by the distorted ambiance that carries on in the background.

“Cigarette in Your Bed” brings the EP back into a darker, dreamier landscape that is complemented by cryptic lyrics (“Arms untied / Scratching your eyes out / With a smile”). Be it some description of S&M or something else, while the song is perhaps a bit off-putting, the band keeps the song from reaching any more morose with the familiar fast strumming of an acoustic guitar and more innocent vocalized melody from Butcher.

The EP’s conclusion with “Drive It All Over Me,” the only song here given joint-writing credits between band members (the others written by Shields), shows that each band member was right on the same page. Back into “Thorn” territory, “Drive It All Over Me” is another uplifting daydream, spearheaded by the once-again innocent vocals of Butcher backed by a wall of distortion and powerful drumming from Colm O'Ciosoig.

Alongside the popularity of Loveless, You Made Me Realise showcases the band’s ability to apply the same shoegazing innovations to a more down-to-earth release that could even be considered more accessible.

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Willie
Moderator
November 20th 2007



15877 Comments


A few people have recommended these guys to me because I like Slowdive and Trespassers William, but this doesn't sound like the place to start...

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joshuatree
Emeritus
November 20th 2007



3743 Comments


^^You've managed to listen to Slowdive and Trespassers William, but you've never listened to My Bloody Valentine?

Willie
Moderator
November 20th 2007



15877 Comments


ha ha, yeah... did I go about it all backwards? I love both of those bands though. So, since you seem to know, what's a good place to start based on those two bands?

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 20th 2007



3743 Comments


Well, the best album to get by My Bloody Valentine is easily Loveless. Slowdive are so similar to MBV that getting Loveless will satisfy your desire for something similar to that band. If you want something by Trespassers William, which is more modern and more dream-pop influenced, check out Mira and Cocteau Twins. Other great shoegaze artists are Lush, Catherine Wheel, and Flying Saucer Attack.

And yeah, you did kinda go about it backwards, since those bands you like are followers and MBV invented the fucking genre.

Willie
Moderator
November 20th 2007



15877 Comments


I'll definitely look into those bands, because Slowdive and Trespassers William are the only two from the genre I've ever heard and they're both great.

I was going to download "Loveless" from iTunes just now but they only have the partial album... moving on to Amazon...This Message Edited On 11.20.07

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 20th 2007



3743 Comments


Yeah, get it man. It's one of my all-time favorite albums.

Iai
Emeritus
November 20th 2007



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was under the impression that about 50% of MBV songs were about blowjobs.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2007



15727 Comments


GET LOVELESS, williefisterbut. I told you that months ago, jesus.

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Willie
Moderator
November 20th 2007



15877 Comments


GET LOVELESS, williefisterbut. I told you that months ago, jesus.
ha ha... yeah, but I couldn't find the review that had the reccomendation on it when I finally decided to look into them and I couldn't remember what it was... this time I bought it immediately.

Apocalyptic Raids
November 21st 2007



810 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great little ep

awesome art too

Neoteric
November 22nd 2007



3243 Comments


Yeah this EP is pretty good.

Ire
May 12th 2010



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been loving this lately. I think it's their best ep.

PurpleDrank
July 13th 2010



417 Comments


one of the best EPs ever

someguest
November 16th 2011



20319 Comments


One of my favorite albums covers.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2011



18043 Comments


no its not

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someguest
November 16th 2011



20319 Comments


Sure is.

BallsToTheWall
November 16th 2011



44164 Comments


YO YO YO YO YO YO YO POP! POP!

Ire
November 16th 2011



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

also one of my favorite album covers

someguest
November 16th 2011



20319 Comments


yeah my record store has it in on vinyl with a red cover, I'll probably buy it

none
November 16th 2011



1100 Comments


i'd like to put my cigarette on her bed



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