My Bloody Valentine
m b v


5.0
classic

Review

by ColdBloodedCynic USER (6 Reviews)
July 24th, 2014 | 22 replies


Release Date: 02/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The masters of shoegaze arrive to a different world in style.

My Bloody Valentine - M B V

22 years.

Woah.

It's mind-blowing to think that the long-awaited follow-up to Loveless has been on the minds of fascinated critics and adoring shoegazers alike since 1991. To put it in perspective, My Bloody Valentine were reinventing the genre when bands like Ride, Lush, and the fantastic Slowdive were still testing the waters of what could be done with the genre. Even with Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine being the two top-tier shoegaze bands it was clear which band was more ambitious. With all that in mind, putting that music in the context of 2013 would be a herculean feat, one that the long-awaited M B V might just conquer. In fact, calling M B V long-awaited would be an understatement. Listening to M B V when it was released was a strange experience, the anticipation was high, My Bloody Valentine's official website crashed so many times that fans were practically pulling their hair out in frustration. Then all of a sudden it was just there, and just like that it was as though the entirety of the internet was silenced. In a world full of updates and stream of consciousness first impressions, M B V took us back to a time when we didn't do all this, we just listened. Quite the listen it was, the moment the first track plays it's as though time melts away and you're in 1996. There's simply no other way to put it, track after track affirms that My Bloody Valentine have created a work that sounds as though it was made in another time and yet sounds completely compelling in 2013.

That's not to say it's a nostalgia trip, far from it. The tracks that are there see My Bloody Valentine taking shoegaze to places it hasn't quite gone ever before. Many songs flirt with new directions, bringing a new element to the already stunningly layered sounds that captivated listeners all those years ago. Especially the last three tracks, which fuse shoegaze with Drum 'N Bass of all things. Yes, you read that right. It's pulsing, it's pounding, it sounds like a ***ing jet engine. In other words, it's polarizing in the most fantastic kind of way.


Overall, 22 years on and My Bloody Valentine are still creating sounds that captivate us and will make listeners want to pick up a guitar and a distortion pedal. M B V is just that awe-inspiring, it's a record that we'll be talking about for a very long time. My Bloody Valentine have completely revitalized shoegaze, and I'm damn lucky I got to hear it for myself when it was released on that fantastic day. Ratings simply don't capture the importance of this album, buy it from somewhere, anywhere, and hope to all hell that we get to hear another My Bloody Valentine album before we're all 47.


Your move, Slowdive.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
July 24th 2014


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

woah

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Feather
July 24th 2014


1311 Comments


Great review. Maybe I'll actually spend some time getting into mbv today. I have not gotten around to listening to them yet.

BMDrummer
July 24th 2014


7159 Comments


*whoa

still gotta check this after so long

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Comatorium.
July 24th 2014


4116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. Everyone should grab the vinyl. It's mastered specifically for that medium and comes with a CD and digital download, so there's literally no reason not to if you're gonna pay for the album.

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BMDrummer
July 24th 2014


7159 Comments


wish more bands would do that

Comatorium.
July 24th 2014


4116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

New Every Time I Die is like that. Bought it at warped on Tuesday.

RobbaqPL
July 24th 2014


160 Comments


The review paragraph by paragraph:
- wow we waited so long for this it's been ages so much has changed man
- the album's actually great, wow
- the album's sooooo good, hope the next one comes earlier ha ha
Not a single song mentioned, two sentences actually saying anything about the music. It's not a review, it's a fanboy rambling incoherently about this great band you should listen to.
I won't neg this, but seriously, dude.

leviegalapon
July 24th 2014


21 Comments


I agree with RobbaqPL, I wish you would go into more detail on how the album actually sounds like. No neg from me.

TheBarber
July 24th 2014


1963 Comments


"It's mastered specifically for that medium and comes with a CD and digital download, so there's literally no reason not to if you're gonna pay for the album."

dammit didn't know

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Keyblade
July 24th 2014


14836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Was just about to bump an mbv thread.

Who Sees You ❤

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NorthernSkylark
July 24th 2014


3289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The vinyl of this costs like 35 bucks around here!?
And I still need to check them out



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Feather
July 24th 2014


1311 Comments


I guess he did give a lot of history, but Im sure the reviewer wrote this under the assumption that his audience had heard Loveless before and knew who mbv are.

"The tracks that are there see My Bloody Valentine taking shoegaze to places it hasn't quite gone ever before. Many songs flirt with new directions, bringing a new element to the already stunningly layered sounds that captivated listeners all those years ago. Especially the last three tracks, which fuse shoegaze with Drum 'N Bass of all things. Yes, you read that right. It's pulsing, it's pounding, it sounds like a ***ing jet engine."

This may be enough song description for people who have heard Loveless or just want to read others opinion on m b v if they already enjoy it.

Personally I enjoyed the mbv history lesson in the beginning.

RiffOClock
July 24th 2014


1049 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

zzzzz

VheissuCrisis
Contributing Reviewer
July 24th 2014


970 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice short review man, take a pos. I totally disagree as you can tell, that opener is one of the most tedious songs I've ever heard.

ZombicidalMan
July 25th 2014


1801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only tomorrow rules tho

sixdegrees
July 25th 2014


17080 Comments


need to re-listen more tbh

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ZombicidalMan
July 25th 2014


1801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

any mbv album just makes me want to grab my jazzmaster

KILL
July 25th 2014


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

makes me wana grab my whanger :p

ZombicidalMan
July 25th 2014


1801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think my jazzmaster has a whanger bar on it

KILL
July 25th 2014


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

they actually work really well as first timer dildos



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