Harvey Milk
My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment...


4.0
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Review

by MANLINESS USER (1 Reviews)
August 8th, 2008 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


There isn't much back-story when it comes to the formation of Harvey Milk. A couple of dudes gathered in the oppressive Georgia heat and decided to turn up the volume and experiment with different sounds and textures, much like the Melvins did a decade earlier. They admired Leonard Cohen. At the time of My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment of What My Love Could Be's release, Buzz Osborne and company were taking a cruise down boring lane, allowing Harvey Milk's unique brand of sludge metal to fill that certain void.

My Love is the most diverse release in their catalog, too; some songs go from achingly quiet to crushing and shift between several disparate sections in just a few minutes. Creston Spiers howls with the best of them, but also includes clean vocals when appropriate. His most affecting performance, "The Anvil Will Fall," is the closest sludge metal will get to having a power ballad. It begins with gentle guitars and melodic bass figures before slipping into a gorgeous, climactic orchestra piece that wouldn't be out of place in a mainstream film soundtrack. When the bare-knuckled slabs of distortion crash in, none of the beauty is lost; Spiers groans with an emotional intensity that he has yet to replicate anywhere else.

The next few tracks are typical Milk material, all awkward silence and thundering drums. They break the mold with "Jim's Polish," which lulls the listener with gently plucked acoustics before a thick layer of curdled milk is thrown on it. Many of the riffs allude to later material, with a much more straightforward and rocking vibe, providing stark contrast to their usual "hold a chord for a minute" strategy, implemented ad nauseam on "F.T.S.P."

In true (sweat-stained) fashion, My Love ends on a less serious note. "All the Live Long Day," which seems to be loosely based on the original, makes prominent use of cantankerous cowbell that interjects between the rumblings of overly distorted guitars. It closes with obnoxious feedback, making the ending of My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment of What My Love Could Be something of a relief from the painstaking nature of Harvey Milk's music. Jack Rabid of All Music Guide asked "What is this?" The answer: a smorgasbord of manliness.


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SheriffOfHongKong (4.5)
Harvey Milk is definitely one of the most under appreciated bands of all time. My Love is their cro...


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Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2008


16088 Comments


On the list of harvey milk albums this isn't that high but I mean, MANLINESS

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2008


17920 Comments


welcome to my site

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2008


17920 Comments


wtf

Tyler
Emeritus
August 8th 2008


7926 Comments


Elimibanned.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2008


16088 Comments


most of the other harvey milk albums are better!

Doppelganger
August 9th 2008


3124 Comments


do courtesy now pls

Goatlord
June 21st 2012


405 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I think this is their best record. A lot of people seem to prefer Courtesy for whatever reason, but My Love is composed of actual SONGS instead of a few songs sandwiched between studio experiments and instrumentals. Not to mention that My Love has the weird heaviness of Courtesy and still manages to completely rock at the same time. Courtesy is an unique journey into the depths of hell, but I listen to My Love a hell of a lot more.

DeafMetal
October 1st 2012


8588 Comments


phenomenal 1 of their best and most underrated 4 sure

Digging: Hawkwind - Space Ritual

oltnabrick
December 17th 2013


30797 Comments


the string section in "The Anvil Will Fall" gets me every time

Digging: Monte / Magnétophonique - Split

Havey
December 17th 2013


9681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

but youve only listened once

oltnabrick
December 17th 2013


30797 Comments


u got me

Winesburgohio
April 16th 2014


1030 Comments


fuck me to buggery

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Winesburgohio
April 16th 2014


1030 Comments


this is just jesus h.

SheriffOfHongKong
September 8th 2014


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. Glad Harvey Milk is getting some well deserved attention these days. This is absolutely their finest record.



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