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m b v

My Bloody Valentine

2013

m b v

Album Summary

m b v is the third studio album by Anglo-Irish rock band My Bloody Valentine, self-released on 2 February 2013. Produced by the band's vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields, m b v was the band's first full-length release of original material since Loveless (1991), over two decades earlier. Recording for m b v began prior to My Bloody Valentine's breakup in 1997. Shields resumed recording in 2006 at the time when the band was reunited, with further recording occurring after 2011. The album received critical acclaim and was named among the best albums of 2013 by numerous publications, including Pitchfork, Uncut, and The Wire.

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Rating

2.76

Votes

3304

Genres

  • Indie
  • Shoegaze
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A dude testing out all of the guitar effects in a music store AT THE SAME TIME, and insisting that his rather-be-ANYWHERE-else girlfriends sings along.

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You know that feeling in your dreams when you're stuck in mud and you can't seem to get anywhere? That's this. Best Tracks: Only Tomorrow; In Another Way; Nothing Is

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I found myself continuously asking “is this song done yet?” And it never was. It never was.

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I feel like this year I finally get 90s music. This is awesome (though, I do agree it makes a bit more sense in the context of a 1997 release). 3.75

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It was like listening at noise rock, shoegaze, electro, indie pop and lofi stuff at the same time. I loved the general feeling that emerges from this record. I will definitely listen to it again.

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I like it, second time I listen to it and I will listen to it again. Not sure if I like the noise genre yet...

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Gostei bastante porque esse estilo já faz parte do meu repertório. Achei bem diferentão a forma como eles executam as músicas, o que me deixou bastante animada. Gostei.

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Nothing new they did could ever beat Loveless but this is a decent attempt.

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A pile of noise, sometimes pleasant and organized.

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Muito barulho por nada.

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A follow up album to Loveless was an impossible task. It is so sui generis that it created a subgenre within shoegaze that still reverberates today.

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Straight noise

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Ethereal music, not horrible, but actually forgot I was listening to it at one point.

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My Bloody Valentine? More like My Boring Valentine (got'em). I don't get it - they just drone on and on with the same melodies song in and song out, minimal singing and the parts they do sing it's more like background noise. Not even impressive guitar playing or anything, almost like garage band level of music. 4/10.

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At least now I can honestly say that I know why this album was voted off the island. This thing is BRUTAL. I never asked for a shoegaze birthday, but the algorithm dug deep into the discard pile to deliver what's possibly the worst of the genre. Let's stop saying Shoegaze by the way. And Yacht Rock for that matter.

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An entirely miserable experience. Droney vocals. Droney sound. Awful. Low hum throughout like the neighbours doing his grass

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A detailed dossier of the time my wife and I both shat on a dead body.

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my brain today is very well reflected by the sounds that come from this album.

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I don't have time to type this but 5/5 for sure

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5

Superb album that gives the lie to the idea that records after long hiatus are never good. This is excellent. Such a lush and glorious sound. It's not quite as good as Loveless, but MBV albums are so rare that doesn't matter. Finishes off with a wonderful cacophony as well.

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This is an album I have been dragging my heels on for nearly 10 years. I have no reason to have done so. I love Loveless. I knew MBV hadn’t made an album in a lifetime. I knew this album was getting rave reviews and appearing on year-end best of lists. What was I listening to instead in 2013? Mostly Foster the People, Naked and Famous and Two Door Cinema Club. I should have been listening to this, just vibe out to it in my old basement apartment. My Bloody Valentine I started listening to in my early 20s. I was in my third, maybe fourth year of university and while already a scholar of Britpop, I started digging deeper into some of the other bands that preceded the 90s boom. I loved those Ride albums. I love only Just Like Honey by the Jesus and Mary Chain(I cannot with the rest of their catalogue. I’m likely going to have to face Psychocandy at some point on this list). Even the revivalists Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. But the top is My Bloody Valentine and that album Loveless. I got into MBV most of all because their music weirdly sounded like music from Final Fantasy 7 (also had references with in game billboards) which I had been obsessed with 10 years earlier. I had also seen Lost in Translation during this period of my life and after that how could you not live shoegaze music. MBV (the album) sounds like a companion piece to Loveless. It still has that beautiful noise-pop sound going on and still manages to have catchy songs even though there is nearly always a wall of sound coming at you at all times. The winners here are she found out and only tomorrow. Truly wild that this group makes one of the best albums of all time, make everyone of their contemporaries look like musical morons, their record label drops them because they spent too much money, then come back nearly 20 years later and pitch a perfect game. I listened to this today while I mowed my lawn. I now have to schedule time when I can just lay on the floor, put this on an iPod, completely vibe out and become 24 again

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5

A proper successor to the masterpiece of Loveless that evolves into something that seems both very natural to mbv's style and completely foreign and exciting. We start off with some nostalgic, calming ethereal tracks that seem like outtakes to Loveless. Shoegaze fans will immediately fall in love with the 3 fuzzy openers. "only tomorrow" is the most accessible song on the album, definitely something I'd recommend to someone getting into noise pop. Gives me goosebumps, especially during the solo. I love the whispery vocals that add another layer to the hazy cloud of noise. I also love when the sound appears to go in the wrong direction (your ears can tell it's off) but is swayed back to rhythm intentionally. You can tell they perfected each song... and it turns they did over nearly two decades. The songs are long and dramatic, taking you so many places that when they cut off, it takes you completely by surprise, out of the trance they put you in. The 4th song "is this and yes" takes you in a new direction: a lot cleaner with just two layers of synths, Butcher's grunts, and a very distant drumming pattern. My personal favorite is "if i am", a more hopeful and happier track, reminds me of Cocteau Twins actually. "new you" is another favorite, with the intro giving me goosebumps and putting a smile on my face. I absolutely love that transition at the minute mark from the swirly opener to the clear verse. Another noise-pop masterpiece you just wouldn't hear in their previous works. The last third takes a very dramatic shift into the avant-garde with no forewarning as "in another way" cuts into the music out of nowhere. It's fast-paced and could induce feelings of anxiety, but is still just as controlled and beautiful as the rest of the album. There's something nostalgic about the string-like instrumentals between verses; reminds me of PS2-era soundtracks I think. The next track "nothing is" is the most abrasive: characterized by a seemingly neverending second-long loop of the same drum beats and riffs. Finally, the closer "wonder 2" is another fairly abrasive and anxiety-inducing track, although this one returns to the pop roots of the earlier tracks with the melodic and energetic singing and riffs behind all the chaos, before the vocals fade away and the rambunctious noise completely takes over, slowly and silently dying down to a satisfying conclusion. I've been giving a lot of 5 stars lately, but I can't help but have this one join the club too. I'm a bit indifferent because I'd want to play this album for its warm and soothing feelings, but it strays away from that in the last third, and I'd just have to be careful about playing the whole thing. They're all fantastic songs, even the weird, unsettling "nothing is." But nevertheless, it's an incredible listen that leaves the shoegaze fan satisfied.

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Fuzzy but with unmistakable purpose

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This is good… never listened to this before strangely! Defo revisiting!

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This is my first time consciously listening to My Bloody Valentine and I have to say I was somehow always convinced that they're an emo band or at best a nu metal band - two styles I have little interest in. I had no idea that this is some sort of weird ambient shoegaze soundscape-rock. That said, I mostly enjoyed having it on. A bit too dissonant for more than one album at a time, but I liked having it on while working.

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Very good

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Easter lamb chops

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coffee shop record store ass music

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Nice

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Really enjoyed this. Was sort of as I expected, given what I have heard in the past from their Loveless album. However, I like the variation here - not all of the songs were full-on guitar drones. The keyboard-led tracks had the same woozy feel and didn’t feel out of place. Makes me want to play Loveless all the way through (not sure I have ever heard it from start to finish) and would definitely play this again.

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SHOEGAZE

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loud and enveloping

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I, uh, like this more than I thought I would.

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Man, this sure ain't Loveless.

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Probably my favorite of theirs

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I rated "Loveless" a 3 a couple of months back, so while seeing the next My Bloody Valentine album appear didn't quite make me throw my headphones out of the window, I wasn't especially excited to hear it. Much like Aardman's upcoming "Chicken Run 2: Dawn of the Nugget" (get hyped) "m b v" is a sequel 22 years in the making. Shoegaze's answer to "Smile", it sat in stilted development for many years, with a notorious perfectionist at the helm, anticipation building with every passing year. Now he knew that that all the time he spent on "Loveless" paid off, what the hell would Kevin Shields do next? The very act of its release must have been a landmark moment: Shields' affirmation that it was perfect, and anybody who didn't get it just wasn't ready. It was lapped up by a succession of nostalgic critics who most likely grew up with the original. So it seems the album's success is a product of its mythology. The songs themselves? There's a lot to like, but it is very hit and miss. Three tracks in, as I was pounded by onslaught after onslaught of walls of guitar, whirling tremolo and indecipherable vocals, I was convinced I was sitting through "Loveless" lite. As the album unfolded, I was struck by its greater penchant for variety, its tendency to explore outside of the band's long established sound. Sometimes it works: "is this and yes" is a lush, organ ballad that drifts by delicately and graciously. There are no guitars, and just a funereal tom beat: it's all dream and all pop, sitting right at home alongside new blood like Beach House. ​"new you" is catchy and accessible, with bouncy fuzz bass, light tremolo effects, and even some wordless "doo doo" vocals. I hate to throw genre names around, but is this My Bloody Valentine leaning into chillwave? Elsewhere, the experimentation doesn't land with me. "nothing is" is just horrendous, a three minute looped drum-fill and one-note riff that made me feel like I'd been eaten by a broken printer. By the end of the album, "wonder 2", the cacophonous buzzing and droning has taken the form of a jet plane engine: together with the frenzied drum and bass influenced beat, it gives the impression that rather than coming in to land, My Bloody Valentine are taking off. They weren't resting on their laurels with this album, and that's surely worth commending. On the whole though, "m b v" is no better than Loveless- perhaps more interesting highs, but also much more challenging lows. By far and away, the middle three songs are my favourite stretch of the album and really hint at another side of the band: mellow, subdued, content. Altogether, the set leaves us wondering where My Bloody Valentine could go next and which direction they might push. We probably only have until 2035 to wait.

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There wasn't anything i didn't like, though wonder 2 was a bit strange. For me they miss the mark of actually being interesting... lacking a bit of melody/tone or not varying the intensity. Who sees you is probably the closests, where the normal droning gives way to perks of intensity and then fades away. Nothing in has intensity and a vibe but nothing interesting happens. Overall, a challenging and interesting listen.

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Weirder than I was expecting. But didn't really catch me.

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It’s shoegazey. But of course it is. It’s also a return to form. One that I didn’t think I’d be into. What I got was something that explores the sonic in such a way that I’d hadn’t though before.

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I wasn't sure at the start, but it got really good in the second half. Sadly, I can't say that I don't like My Bloody Valentine anymore, thanks to you...

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I can hardly justify whi this album is included in this list when their two previous albums are already featured. It's a good album, but it brings absolutely nothing new to their sound. To me this was a diminishing return and I'm sure there are far more deserving albums that could have been representend in the book instead of this one.

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I enjoy MBV but I'm not sure there was a single song that I would say was exceptional on this album.

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3.5

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Pas trop vertain de quoi en penser. J'ai aime qhan meme 3.25

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Meanders - not unexpectedly. Dense sounds, I think I'll need to give it a few more tries.

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Decent album. I liked the 3-part concept of the album, which gave it enough variety to keep it interesting. It’s hard to explain what I enjoyed about it since it’s so simple, but somehow it ends up being good. 6/10

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Meh

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Dreamy

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Not as ground breaking as their 1991 album. Enjoyed in places.

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I would say the kicker to this modern art picture show of clouds drifting is how deceptively they take you somewhere tangibly different to where they started, but I'm a clod, so I doubt how deceptive the movement was solely dint of the fact that I noticed it. Whatever. It made me feel something decidedly untangible. Which is the point. Delicious.

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I have found i just don't love shoegaze music. I appreciate the musicality of it, but it isn't for me.

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A bit disappointed that they really haven't changed much since the 90s. Would have been nice to see a greater evolution in their sound

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decent

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This album was lying underground for more than two decades. Unearthed. Then released. This intimidating wine blew my head into pieces then threw it in a hazy hyperspace. What a freaking punch. Shoegaze is something else.

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not exciting shoegaze

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If I hadn’t been streaming this, during significant portions of it I would have assumed something was wrong with either the media or my equipment. Apparently this was considered some sort of guitar innovation. A lot of juxtaposition of mumbly incomprehensible lyrics and grating noise. Didn’t care for most it if that’s not obvious.

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listened to before didn't love it

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Ça faisait longtemps que Robert nous avait pas glissé un album de Post-Erasmus-Indie. Je voudrais d'ailleurs rappeler que toute personne qui souhaiterait appeler Robert par le surnom rob aura affaire à moi puisque c'est moi rob, même si vous me connaissez davantage sous le nom de robfourmilière.

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MBV is a bit difficult for me to listen along to, but I'd ay I liked this. My fave tracks are "in another way," "only tomorrow," and "wonder 2".

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Quite liked some of the wafty moments. Otherwise a bit noisy

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Moni kaveri tästäkin bändistä tykkää mutta ei oo kyl koskaan mua se kärpänen purassut. Jotenki vaan liian suhinaa ja debistä. Loppua kohden kyllä paranee jotenkin painostavamman kuuloiseksi. Hmmm... Mitähän tästä olis mieltä oikeestaan. Kyl mä tälle annan sellasen 2,5 pongoo joten kolmeen tää pyöristyy. Heikko kolmonen!

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Guitarrero y un tanto oscuro. No me ha aportado nada y no me ha gustado que no se entienda casi nada de la voz del cantante

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I love the album artwork, but 2013's bloody valentine sounds remarkable similar to 1991's. There doesn't seem to be any stylistic innovation or growth, which is surprising when there's a 22 year gap between albums. It sounds like elevator music for a 2000's wannabe indie neo-noir film that no one saw. This is too much of a downer for me, I won't be coming back to it.

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not my cup of tea

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When I got this album, I just thought "Ok...let me listen to this 1-star album"... However, after listening to the whole album, I was kind of hypnotized by this noise ambiance song with dirty guitars....so, 2 stars are enough for the power of hypnotizing songs, and maybe this is the reason to include the album on this list.

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There are a couple of songs that hit the stride quickly, like new you and if I am... but yeah, most of the others just miss the mark. Not something I'm likely to pull out ever again.

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Couldn't really get into it much.

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det är väl sisådär. fattar inte den här genren.

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Didn’t mind ‘in another way’ but overall boring.

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Some songs took me back to my emo roots, but mostly it was bleh

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2.75

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Not a big fan of MBV anyway, and this didn't change things.

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Slow, melancholic, droney. All together not too bad.

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This was just loud

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5th May 2022 Listened in the morning, chilled in the evening. Quiet day. It goes straight in as if you’re late to the gig, or you’ve heard them playing in the garage and you want to see what the noise is. Speaking of noise, I think that’s what this is. In a good and bad way.

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Though I love a few good noise & post-rock sounds -- A Place to Bury Strangers, Mogwai both come to mind -- I couldn't get into this.

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I'm not sure this album was worth the 22 year wait. The DJ Wrongspeed thing is annoying.

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I have tried and tried to get into Loveless, but the wall of sound buried melodies and mumbled vocals just don't do it for me. This album seems more of the same but it seems to have more moments where I found myself nodding my head and thinking ok yes this part does work. On a couple of occasions they dial back the distortion and feedback to where one can actually hear individual instruments. Still the overall feel is of pleasant noise instead of stirring music. 2.5 🌟

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Very noisy. Some songs felt like I was listening to them on a radio station as I slowly left the station’s range and static took over.

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It was okay, good as background music

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Robert peut bien aller se faire foutre avec ses albums de merde de indie et de shoegaze sensés représenter les années 2010.

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Two MBV albums? i don't know if i agree - i mean the first "Loveless" even if it's not my favourite music I can definitely understand being on the list; it really sounded and *felt* like nothing i'd heard before. I suppose though the same things I could never fully connect with on Loveless apply here as well - underwater/warbly effects to the extreme... just doesn't seem as revolutionary when it's another album of the same. None of these are truly "songs" in any traditional sense - again, that's kind of cool in the abstract but it's also not really working for me as any sort of background or atmospheric mood. I've just ended up either being annoyed/distracted at what is often approaching grating. The first half was fine - but after 20 minutes or so it really started to fall apart, and maybe it's simply that after 20 minutes of this ... that's enough. Also the final two cuts are omg please stop - especially "nothing is" - a joke on anyone who bought this album. come on, now. A 20 years waiting for the same thing is a long slog - I'm fine with Loveless on occasion but a big no to the remix. 4/10 2 stars.

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thumbs down.

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Alt rock/indie. Genre is known as Shoegaze. Extreme volume and heavy on guitar texture/distortions. My Bloody Valentine is thought to be the godfathers of Shoegaze. New you was good, psychedelic experience Wonder 2 was trippy

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Shoe gazing noise, can hear My Vitriol in Loveless - seems like a better album than m b v anyway. So rating this low but Loveless higher

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Herranjestas miten tylsä levy. Miten voi olla näin paljon huonompi kuin loveless :D

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too emo

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Everyone likes a little bit of experimental sounds to be in their rock, but some people like it in smaller doses. This listener is the latter. Moments later a person may wonder why they are easily offended or short-tempered and this album likely caused it. Perhaps there is a mood conducive to both enjoying the melodically pleasing songs and not feel offensively interrupted by the seemingly deliberate out of tune elements. Maybe this is the price humanity pays for art it does not want.

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Background noise. Lame. At least it was short.

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not... i listened to this low in the background - none of it seemed to make me want to stop, turn it up and listen.

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I hate this

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Borin'ell. I was just waiting for it to end.

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Man whispers through distortion… It’s sort of like trying to listen to the shins from a mountaintop using a HAM radio

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couldnt do

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Not my bag.

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Boring but captivating. Did I say captivating? Just boring and dull as hell. The best way of describing the record is by means of one of the songs: nothing is, indeed.

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Ok this is far worse than I remembered MBV. Maybe it's because I keep fooling myself into thinking shoegaze is something I could like? Anyway, I'd be ashamed to release this as a garage band. Why anyone would put this on an "albums you must hear before you die" list is just completely beyond me. It must be cause they're from the UK. There's no other explanation. This fucking sucks. 1/5.

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