My Bloody Valentine
m b v


4.5
superb

Review

by zxlkho USER (1 Reviews)
March 27th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 02/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo"

My Bloody Valentine is a band that needs absolutely no introduction. The arrival of the newest album from the infamous shoegaze band, m b v, was destructive enough to nearly tear apart the entire fabric of the internet.

The band’s legacy is already firmly cemented with Loveless, an album which is often called one of the greatest albums ever released. The reaction to m b v will do nothing to change that in any way. It’s almost ridiculous to try to qualitatively compare any subsequent release from My Bloody Valentine to that album. Hell, I wouldn’t even try to compare anything in the entire shoegaze genre to Loveless. I suspect that some of this celebration of Loveless, as well as the massive anticipation for m b v, is due to the fact that My Bloody Valentine has not released a single note in 21 years. That fact alone can certainly change a lot of people’s perceptions about a band.

Comparisons of quality aside, m b v picks up right where Loveless left off. The band certainly knows how to handle fan expectations, because most of these songs sound like they could have been released in 1993, meaning they could be a natural progression from Loveless. Both "She Found Now" and "Only Tomorrow" are fantastic opening songs, which follow right in line with what My Bloody Valentine was trying to accomplish in the 90s.

Eventually the album does change it up with "Is This and Yes," which is one the most unique tracks My Bloody Valentine has ever done. There are no drums to speak of whatsoever, and the entire song is just synth chords and Kevin Shields singing. At first it’s a very jarring transition, but the atmosphere created by these songs does grow.

"New You" is musically a great song, featuring traditional My Bloody Valentine pop catchiness. The lyrics which consist of "doo doo doo doo doo..." may tire and bore certain listeners, but for the most part it fits with their overall sound. "In Another Way" again sounds like a traditional My Bloody Valentine song, but much more aggressive, which makes it way more interesting. It features a fascinating drum beat that gets busier as the song progresses. The synth chords that pound in the background remind the listener of "Sometimes."

My Bloody Valentine is a legendary band; that status cannot be in question. With these things in mind, it almost brings m b v into a different context. This album can only further solidify the band’s greatness, not take away from it. Some fans may have wanted the album to be more similar to Loveless, some may have wanted something entirely different, or maybe some thought that this was just right. Either way, m b v is a more than worthy addition to the band’s catalog.


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zxlkho
March 26th 2013


3465 Comments


I started a new blog with a few friends of mine so that I could hopefully improve my writing. I hope you guys have some tips. My friends that are also posting reviews are probably much better than me, so here's a link to the blog!
http://albumoftheyearblog.wordpress.com/

sixdegrees
March 26th 2013


17149 Comments


oh hey I remember this

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zxlkho
March 26th 2013


3465 Comments


yeah I posted a list a few days ago

YankeeDudel
March 26th 2013


9313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gonna spin this now it needs some company

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Ire
March 27th 2013


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

been jamming isnt anything oh man

Keyblade
March 27th 2013


14886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

same here ire

nice review zlkhkldafd and right rating

VanSchuldiner
March 27th 2013


659 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos'd ... album rocks

Keyblade
March 27th 2013


14886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

edit: wrong thread

sixdegrees
March 27th 2013


17149 Comments


lol

VanSchuldiner
March 27th 2013


659 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wut

Keyblade
March 27th 2013


14886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol

Ire
March 27th 2013


41786 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

zlkhkldafd



zxlkho
March 27th 2013


3465 Comments


woooo! my first negs!

omnipanzer
March 27th 2013


21540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent review summary.

omnipanzer
March 27th 2013


21540 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

When requesting baked goods you may refer to me as "the incomparable Ms. Hepburn" you fucktard.


Now where was I, Oh yes would you like me to heat up some leftovers for you as well dear?

demigod!
March 27th 2013


44544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ya

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demigod!
March 27th 2013


44544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is their worst album tho but yeah

KILL
March 28th 2013


71852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oooo

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Keyblade
March 28th 2013


14886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nothing Is threatens to lower my rating

demigod!
March 28th 2013


44544 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i havent given this a proper listen since around when it came out, im gonna do that today



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