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REVIEW: My Bloody Valentine - MBV

REVIEW: My Bloody Valentine - MBV


By: Corey Tate
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February 4, 2013


Yep, it's a My Bloody Valentine album. First, the good news: if you dug everything the band did through the Loveless release in 1991 you'll love everything about the new album, called MBV. Second, the bad news: if you were expecting the band to push any new boundaries as they continuously did back in the day, you won't find that on MBV.

That said, those of us who have gotten lost over the years in the distorted guitar sounds and otherworldly vibe that the band so effortlessly portrays will find plenty of that in nine new songs. The good news is that Kevin Shields and co. didn't get all Axl Rose and Gn'R by making this their Chinese Democracy, which is to say the band has executed a great album of fresh songs that will fill your headphones and speakers for the next twenty years, and you give you something worth listening to. It's a great day for My Bloody Valentine fans.

It's been a long and tumultuous ride for My Bloody Valentine fans over recent years, with the on-again, off-again declarations that there was a new album coming out. The release date was pushed out so many times that the cynics said it would never happen. For the dream pop and shoegaze crowd that waited, and waited ... and waited, the musical bible and road map that they've been using for two decades has been reissued.

And the bad news: those of us that continually like artists that push new boundaries and redefine their sound in a way that's built on top of the old sound, you won't find that here. The jumps made from Isn't Anything to Loveless don't happen on MBV, it really is Loveless, part two. For the shoegaze crowd, the song remains the same. Still, the album is worth the buy, and was well worth the wait.

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