Though usually just seen as a precursor to their epic Loveless, Isn't Anything is nearly as groundbreaking in it's own way. This was the album that essentially started the shoegazing scene, and created many followers. Though much of the album is laced with traces of their indie-pop roots, the experimental side of Shields and company is evident. Also traces of the feedback noise of the Jesus & Mary Chain with the dream pop elements of the Cocteau Twins and the ambient musical landscapes by Brian Eno lace the album.
"Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)"
This song is highlighted by the distorted guitar layers of Belinda Butcher and Kevin Shields who sings on this track that is accompanied by the funky bass hooks from Debbie Googe and ominous drum tracks of Colm O’Ciosoig. At first the hook isn't apparent and the song just seems like a lot of dissonance and noise, but by the end of the song it has grown on you and you will be wanting more.
"Lose My Breath"
This is the most beautiful song on the album. The open-ended sonic stir and dreamy vocals of Belinda create a swirling atmosphere, held aloft by a single, plodding acoustic guitar.
"Feed Me With Your Kiss"
This song is evidence that although MBV can write a ballad, they can still rock out. This song is very hard almost to the point of metal. Then...Belinda comes in. The instruments are intense, but the vocals are just as calm as ever. The guitar riff is great, and the hooks are catchy. The song is a bit cheesy, but it is catchy as hell.
"Several Girls Galore"
Again Belinda shines on this song vocally. She sounds so sexy, yet she seems dazed and distant. The catchy guitar riffs in this song are evidence of what MBV has to offer later with Loveless. I can't get enough of this song, I wish it were longer.
This is a great album for indie rock fans, fans of distorted guitar, fans of beautiful vocals, and anyone who enjoyed Loveless, and pretty much anyone else. JUST GET IT. This album is incredible, and almost at that same level.