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Isn't Anything

My Bloody Valentine

1988

Isn't Anything

Album Summary

Isn't Anything is the debut studio album by Anglo-Irish rock band My Bloody Valentine, released on 21 November 1988 by Creation Records. Its innovative guitar and production techniques consolidated the experimentation of the band's preceding EPs and would make the album a pioneering work of the subgenre known as shoegazing. Upon its release, the album received rave critical reviews and reached #1 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.

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2.76

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4629

Genres

  • Indie
  • Shoegaze
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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

My Bloody Valentine's debut album, "Isn't Anything," is actually quite something! Described as "dream pop, shoegaze," this Irish/English band received critical acclaim for this 1988 release, and I am excited to jump in! The opening track, "Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)" contains eclectic vocals, drums, and bass alongside a string-like violin-ish dragging sound that is quite peculiar. I'm into it! "Lose My Breath" is the next track, featuring vocals that I believe are attributed to Bilinda Butcher of the band. This song features acoustic guitar strumming and angelically haunting "doo doo doo" non-words that are quite lovely. Track 3, "Cupid Come" has some straightforward guitar and drum instrumentation (and some sonic artifacts!) with vocals provided by Kevin Shields. Kevin's lyrics allude to romance, waiting, desire. "(When You Wake) You're Still in a Dream" is a fast-paced song with Shields on vocals mixed with Butcher's classic angelic harmonies (she's giving me some Amy Lee vibes) that takes the listener away amidst lyrics alluding to a lover who is more invested in love than their partner, quite a painfully familiar sentiment for anyone! "No More Sorry" opens with echoy guitars and a building percussion that leads the listener to Shield's vocals. This track is distorted and dream-like and almost soothing! "All I Need" is another dreaming song with layered guitar, bass, and drums that makes me feel like I've entered the 7 minutes in which the body goes from awake to asleep. I feel almost transported to a dreamworld with a heartbeat-like drum along for the ride. The next track, "Feed Me with Your Kiss," comes in hot with a fast-paced drum beat sharing the spotlight with lo-fi guitars and Shield's hard-to-distinguish vocals that are a staple to the shoegaze genre. "Sueisfine" is the next track with more dreamy vocals and noise. The title sounds eerily similar to "suicide" but that could just be my mind playing tricks on me. Perhaps that is what MBV want from me... The following track, "Several Girls Galore" is more sonic artifacts attacking my auditory senses with drums, guitar, and layered vocals that are a little hard to understand. This track may be about a woman with schizophrenia, which makes sense to me considering the song is difficult to grasp, yet more powerful than I could ever appreciate. "You Never Should" is a song about a strained relationship. The lyrics allude to that: "Ooh, you said the fault was mine Yeah, but you never should" I sense some blame, animosity, and heartache in this track as the layered guitars and guitars and guitars attack my senses, filling my soul with some despair for this fictional (or perhaps autobiographical?) breakup. "Nothing Much to Lose" is the penultimate track and feels poppier and easier to understand. I detect a hint of a "take me back" attitude based on the lyrics, but with a "let's see what happens" state of mind, as if to say, "well, I'll try to get her back. Nothing much to lose now." I found myself humming along to the outro, very catchy! My Bloody Valentine close out their debut album with, "I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)". I decided to do some research into the song's meaning, and people have interpreted it as a breakup song, a song about suicide, and my favorite, a song about anorgasmic ejaculation. Whatever MBV may have had in mind with this closer, it is obviously about a loss of some kind, and to me that is a perfect way to close out this album of lo-fi noise. And perhaps it's some slight confirmation to my theory regarding the aforementioned "Sueisfine." Favorite track: Sueisfine Honorable mention: All I Need

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

Wikipedia called this an example of shoegazing music, I think? I'd have to agree, although it was more watchgazing, as in when is this going to be over? It just sounded one long drone to me. I kept thinking "there's more TO this, right?" But nope, nothing else. Very disappointing. I did not loathe it, but it was very boring.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Странная, но интересная вещь. Из-за аранжировки первый трек представляется самым одиозным, но потом вроде с ним миришься. А уже второй трек весьма приятен. Да и с остальными треками проблем вроде не возникает. Разве что фоном через динамики слушать - ваще неупотребимо. В наушниках - хорошо. Ещё через звуковуху плеера пропустил - каеф. В целом альбом держит баланс между выёбистостью своим дохуя уникальным саундом и адекватностью композиций. То есть за всеми этими странными для неготового уха звуковыми экспериментами кроются неплохие, в общем, песни. И одно другому даже не мешает: постепенно первое в ушах коннектится со вторым, и выходит вполне норм. Звучит как то, к чему я могу когда-нибудь вернуться.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Loveless and MBV are both perfect masterpieces. This one…not so much.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

“Isn’t Anything” by My Bloody Valentine (1988) This is foreign territory for me, but an album as innovative as this has to be a classic in the technical sense of exploratory and experimental music which subsequently becomes influential in establishing a genre (shoegaze). Lyrically, there’s not much to say, because the poetics consist of clipped expressions lacking cohesion in either sound or imagery. Rather, the thing which draws our focus here is the creative sound, unhindered by ordered melodies or compositional structure. My suspicion is that the only people who ‘get’ the artistry are the artists themselves and their close initiates. That said, the tonal landscape is extraordinarily interesting. Vocals are (intentionally, I assume) usually quite subdued in the mix. Someone doesn’t want us to concentrate on what or how these ‘songs’ are ‘sung’. Drums are weak. If the band’s intention is to highlight their innovative sound, their rhythmic structure needs to avoid drawing attention to itself. But the unsteady tempo of the drums (e.g., “Cupid Come”) distracts. Some have described their electronic effects as ‘ethereal’, but it could just as well be described as ‘subterranean’. If you’re familiar with this album, and find it creative and influential, I’m with you. If you’re not familiar with it and aren’t in the mood for a somewhat disappointing adventure, skip it. This album could have been better than it is. 2/5

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

Gave up 5 songs in. I know and like some Shoegaze but this is just a fucking nonsense. Noise for the sake of noise. Reverb to annoy me and barely audible vocals. 1/5

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Tue May 18 2021
5

This is old school post-punk and goth, and i fucking love it. this band has so much history and influence on so many genres, and their music is so amazing. Right along there with the smiths, I rate this band in the highest regards for their music. on this album, "Sueisfine", "Nothing Much to Lose" and "Cupid Come" are easily the best tracks on the album.

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Sat May 01 2021
5

My bloody favourites, to be played as loud as your ears can take.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
5

Absolutely gorgeous, I love MBV's style so much!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Being a huga fan of Loveless which is one of my favorite albums ever, I was pleasantly surprised by how abrasive and noisy this album was. THe melodies and heavy guitar riffs really sold me throughout the album. I also love how easily listening the vocals are on this album in compared to other works. Great lyrics as well which was a plus and expected. Overall easy 9/10

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

I love Shoegaze, and in that realm, My Bloody Valentine reign supreme. This album is thoughtful, melodic, driving, messy, ethereal, and every other superlative. This is music on its own terms, willing to borrow from what came before, yet also willing to push the envelope forward in a new and exciting way.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
5

Jammed full of ideas and sounds and textures. Sounds like discovery

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

soft as snow (but warm inside) - 6/10 lose my breath - 7/10 cupid come - 7/10 (when you wake) you're still on a dream - 8/10 no more sorry - 10/10 all i need - 9/10 feed me with your kiss - 10/10 sueisfine - 10/10 several girls galore - 10/10 you never should - 10/10 nothing much to lose - 10/10 i can see it (but i can't feel it) - 10/10

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

i loooove mbv, this album is dreamy & was especially nice to listen to on the first day of fall

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

Lika bra som loveless

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Possible the best MBV album. Amazing!

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Wed Oct 14 2020
4

Solid shoegaze record

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

I’ve never enjoyed white noise this much in my life

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Not as good as Loveless, but still has some very cool sounds and weirdness. Like walking through an icy wood at dusk.

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Sun May 16 2021
4

really enjoyed some of the songs. the rest was alright

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Intriguing and innovative. Occasionally too loud to hear the singer.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

I really liked this one.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

MBV is a band that all the music nerds talk about. I’ve maybe heard an album before, but certainly not this one. I really like this, it feels like well-established shoegaze, like these guys knew exactly what they were going for. I love the fuzzed out, washed out aesthetic here. Plenty of songs that I could feel myself melting into. Favorite tracks: Cupid Come, No More Sorry, All I Need, I Can See It, Lose My Breath. Album art: Like the music, it looks like a hazy, washed out photo of the band. Nothing crazy, but very fitting. 4/5

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Sun May 16 2021
4

A very nice surprise from a rock/shoegaze album. Very strong track listing with the more discordant and/or noisy sections being the strongest. 8/10, pretty good

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

The album they made after is on of the best ever, you can hear the sound starting to come together here

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

An old favourite of mine

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

pretty catchy, and I'd never listened to them before

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Very enjoyable. Thank you.

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Well, let's just say that my bloody valentine was a fuckin' whore who deserved everything she got. Tried to take the kids away from me. Of course she was getting a bloody nose.

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Sat May 01 2021
4

not as good as loveless, but then not a lot is. good one for a friday too.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

чувствую себя очень противоречиво. С одной стороны это, конечно, важный альбом для шугейза и экспериментальной гитарной музыки в целом, но с другой — до него уже были и You Living All Over Me динозавра и Psychocandy жисус эн мэри чейна, а кокто твинс уже с пяток, наверное, альбомов выпустили (хотя их к шухейзу я бы с большой натяжкой относил). Безусловным переворот в музыкальном ландшафте будет Loveless, который дропнется тремя годами позже, а Isn't Anything — это всё же скорее разогрев. Здесь уже есть вот этот трейдмарк саунд МБВ (а значит и большинства последовавших шг-групп 90х), но кататстрофически мало именно музыкального наполнения: в плане запоминающихся или хотя бы различимых на слух мелодий, интересных текстур и эфирного вокала. Даже более того — ближе к финалу альбома группа как будто отказывается от своего дрим-рок саунда и на некоторых номерах даёт полноценное рубилово (e.g. Feed Me With Your Kiss, Nothing Much To Lose), что, впрочем, для меня только в плюс играет. По итогу сложно определиться, давать ли этому альбому оценку за то, что он есть, или за то, во что он превратится в будущем. Но, наверное, для себя сойдусь на 7 — неподготовленному слушателю такое вынести будет определённо тяжело. Если честно — не уверен, что ему место в этом списке, это скорее историческая хуйня для нёрдов, которые после Лавлесса полезут изучать историю становления шугейз-саунда.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Wow, super alternative for 80s, didn’t know it existed ! Enjoyed a bunch

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Did not like the first song (Soft As Snow). But the rest are pretty good

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

In line and time with what the Pixies were up to by the sound of it. Lots more fuzz and noise though. Feed Me With Your Kiss is sick tune. Nothing Much To Lose also a good one. 50 points for the all lowercase band name.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

Beginning of shoegaze, but will pales in comparison to Loveless. Sill great though

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

The bridge between Britpop and true shoegaze, this LP sees MBV wading into a prototype of the glide guitar style that would come to define an entire subgenre. Altered/eery melodies and song structures complement the style well, giving this album a somewhat menacingly ethereal feel. Not every track lands (the band can’t write a dynamic arrangement to save their life, meaning a few songs drag on), but the visceral creativity and knowledge of what comes next makes this LP a notable one.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Hmm... Pretty good :) Rating: 7/10

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Incredibly cool album. 8/10

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

An odd duck, in a very specific way. Now, My Bloody Valentine subsequently became both extolled and notorious for Kevin Shields' protracted, exacting production methods, which of course gave us the mesmeric Loveless. Isn't Anything offers several hints of the direction MBV would take, but rather than seeing the album as just a precursor, can we examine the album as its own entity? Well, plenty of the ingredients of a great album are assembled. It's unique, heartfelt and often exquisite. However, Isn't Anything just lacks that tiny but essential bit of spice. It has 12 very fine songs, but not an unalloyed masterwork. You'll enjoy the album considerably while it plays, but you won't think about it the next day. Slightly depressing that I couldn't avoid qualifiers, but a mere blemish away from greatness still prevents greatness.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

I liked this far more then the other album I was given by MBV. An ambient symphony of noise and slight depression. Good stuff.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Äger otvivelaktigt.... lyricsen e stundvis nästan lite för pinsamma dock, det var rätt att senare dölja sången ännu längre ner i mixen.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Veeeerrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy strong four…. I love the sound. Distinct from Loveless while still having their trademarked effects-drenched guitars

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Getad

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Pretty weird, pretty distorted, sort of edgy and dissonant. I liked it though. It hit the right spots. Like the other album by them, nothing that I can listen to for too long, but nice for a while.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Je suis relativement nouveau à My Bloody Valentine. J’aime beaucoup ce premier album. Je connaissais seulement Only Shallow de l’album Loveless. Les textures des guitares sont superbes. Le petit côté dissonant en trame de fond me plaît beaucoup. Je vais définitivement revenir régulièrement à cet album.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

A mesmerizing blur, this lot. You know, I was fully prepared to not like this LP, but for the life of me I don’t know why. The only real thing I know about My Bloody Valentine is just their name and genre. I can’t imagine where I picked up the pessimistic attitude. But the opening song got my attention, and in a positive, albeit perplexing way. I certainly wasn’t expecting the sound of woozy synthesizers, liquid swirling around a sledgehammer of an electric drum beat. The instrumental equivalent to operating with a chain saw. All this and lyrics poetically describing the various feelings associated with sex. Although set to an odd tone, to say the least, it was curiously not uninviting. Indeed, by the second song, I was hooked. ‘Lose My Breath’ was a lovely acoustic oddity of a tune- perhaps visualized as dead roses in a vase- the chords just dissonant enough to be effective, and pleasantly disorienting, too, like the feeling of spinning around a merry go round a couple of times. ‘Cupid Come’ shows the band’s creative way of moving a song along with a more freely fluid structure than the strict meter of conventional pop. And, following the song’s allowance to meander a bit, they concluded with a terrific ‘noise’ outro. The fourth track, ’(When You Wake) You’re Still Sleeping,’ though, is when things really got interesting, at least for this listener. Both the instruments and vocals blended together to the extent of being almost indistinguishable. A regular mashed potato of a mix. After a couple of minutes, this blur of sound puts one in a near meditative state. I’ll have to experiment with different settings, volumes, and such. Definitely a listen on headphones. The sixth track, ‘All I Need,’ took this mud to an even deeper place. The lyrics are of virtually no consequence, seeming only to serve the greater overall atmospheric vibe designed to touch places other than the rational mind. Even the beat was buried so far underneath things as to be almost non-existent! The following track, ‘Feed Me with Your Kiss,’ found the instruments easier to differentiate, but only relative to the prior noise. It also came with (this is going to sound weird) pleasantly off-key vocals and a punk/metal kind of guitar riff to frame the whole thing. ‘Several Girls Galore’ featured the first truly dissonant slide guitar solo I think I’ve ever heard, as well as another guitar strummed in an entirely different key than the slide; but, I liked it. The second to last number, ‘Nothing Much to Lose,’ offered a periodic and unusual 6/8 pairing with most of the song’s 4/4 time signature. Odd, for sure, but again, good. Finally, 'Isn’t Anything' closes with a relaxed ‘I Can See It (But I Cant’ Feel It)’ with an extended catchy chorus of ‘ooo-oos’ sung in harmony. Referred to as Shoegaze, lo-fi, dream pop, I feel obliged to add a new category: spectral rock (and, there is definitely enough rock to lift My Bloody Valentine out of the pop category.) After all, a ghost often seemingly appears as 'Isn’t Anything.' But there is most certainly something there, regardless, for those properly attuned.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

o ápice ainda estava por vir

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

More than halfway through this project, and easily my lowest rated genre is "shoegaze". Once I saw that this is a "seminal shoegaze album" I was truly ready to hate it. Imagine my surprise when I not only kind of liked it, but I started to vibe with it hard! I just floated on the fuzz and didn't want it to end.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

I'm definitely going to want to spend more time with this one. There's a wide variety of sounds on here and I have a feeling that some of these songs won't fully reveal themselves until a few listens in. A lot of tracks bury their melodies under heaps of reverb and fuzz, like "No More Sorry," which has a sad, Beatles-esque melody underneath layers of effects and noise. I've heard about My Bloody Valentine for a long time and now I see why. I can hear 1,000 indie artists from the last 20 years in these songs. They've clearly had a huge influence on a lot of bands. Highlights: "Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)," "Feed Me With Your Kiss," "Nothing Much to Lose" (those machine gun drums are wild!)

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

The album that launched a hundred bands.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

IA can’t help but sound like warm-up for Loveless, which is fine. That’s still one of the all-time seminal albums, and it makes sense that it overshadows everything else they’ve done. This is still a perfectly fine album, but it’s not the one I come back to. B

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

This album really grew on me. I didn't like track 1 at all at first, but track 2 hooked me and the rest of the album clicked too. It always takes me awhile to get into some of these shoegaze bands (Medicine is still a group that I'm kind of bipolar on), but overall I liked this album a lot.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Rock un tanto oscuro, guitarrero, cañero a ratos. Buen sonido, pero le ha faltado algo de chispa

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

This is a great debut from MBV, can see them experimenting a lot on this album, a sound that they would go on to master on loveless.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Experimental guitar based indie/rock. "Your Still In A Dream" and "Feed Me With Your Kiss" are high octane rockers with nifty harmonies, "Cupid Come" has a garage/psych feel, "Lose My Breath" is mellow (but spooky) whilst "No More Sorry" utilizes a mélange of backwards guitars. I can understand why this is classified Shoegaze as it does have the key elements (guitar noise, melodic vocals, minor key songs) of that genre. And there's some great song titles.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

I think sometimes Shoegaze music gets a bad rap, sure some of it is intolerant and in cohesive, but there are some great bands and albums from this genre. I hadn't listened to much My Bloody Valentine until recently and though I'm not a fan, their debut full-length, Isn't Anything is a strong record. Underneath the distorted guitars (and noises!), is some nice layered guitar sounds and some melodic songs. I wasn't expecting I'd like this, but my eyes (and ears!) were opened up to some much needed album.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

bangs

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

It was a good representation of the genre.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

I like the shoe-gazey music and this was apparently the first introduction

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

fav songs: soft as snow lose my breathe feed me with your kiss you never should 4.1

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Throughly enjoyed this record, even with all the hate I've heard for shoegaze. The record has a constant feeling of noise, almost makes the whole thing feel very blurry but the record still has its own distinct noise and sound. Very cool guitarwork and the vocals are just so fun. Although at points the blurry feeling does make it feel as if I'm just dissociating. Overall very cool sound and feeling. Favorite Track: Lose My Breath Least Favorite: Sueisfine

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

I owned this back in the day, but know the brilliant Loveless much more. I was struck by how comparatively conventional it sounds, though doubt that was the case at the time. You can hear some of the lyrics! But it's all good stuff, best song: Several Girls Galore

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

The first song didn't really capture me, but this album was a slow burn and by the end, I was utterly captivated. Love the soundscapes and even though it's not my favorite record from My Bloody Valentine, it's a hell of a strong debut!

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Good album

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

this album was a slow burn for me, didn’t like it at the beginning but was rly vibing at the end

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

"Isn't Anything" is a highly impactful debut where mbv (Shields & co.) were in the process of molding lo-fi indie into what would become shoegaze. The result is more straightforward and bare than "Loveless", but it's still am incredibly earnest record with Shields' trademark ethereal melodies. It's a great ride but still a notch below what was yet to come.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

This album gets better, moodier, harder, blissier, glizzier, fritzier as it goes along. I didn’t know this album as well as Loveless, but it kicks hard and doesn't stop. mbv rules and everyone should listen to mbv. stroll along with their distorted, fuzzes up guitars, their melodic and, at times, a-melodic singing. blast off! its time to gaze, press those pedals persons!

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

I love mbv but I've only really ever listened to Loveless. This was definitely a more raw version of their sound but I found it to be a little more dynamic and interesting. There was more open space in the songs and the production made the instruments feel like they were alive! As if every track were breathing in and out. Truly incredible work, though not as polished as Loveless you can really see the foundation of the sound they would come to master on later releases.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Interesting almost lofi-shoegaze-y stuff. Kind of fun to listen to their earliest work, definitely pioneering for 1988 for sure. Not all of them do a ton for me but I respect the album as a whole.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

4/7 3.5/5. A hazy shoegaze atmosphere surrounds grungey noise rock, with a flair for despair. Standout Tracks: Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside), Lose My Breath, No More Sorry, Feed Me with Your Kiss, Sueisfine

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Not quite as enjoyable as I remember, but still pretty good

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Just too boring in my opinion, trying too hard to be different

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Not a bad sound but personally having terrible getting into it

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

This kind of shoegazey alternative... All the willful dissonance and prickly unfriendliness of punk without even the toughness or commitment to counterculture. This made almost no impression on me. Not quite bad enough for 2 stars but that's a scant 3.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

MBV : My Bloody Va(gina)lentine

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Sun May 16 2021
3

oof that first track 🥴 why was that there. don’t really understand the purpose of this album. “Sueisfine” good name tho.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
3

Glad I finally listened to this. Not too shabby.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Experimental, noisy and kind of unintelligible. I like how Sueisfine sounds like Suicide. I didn't mind this in the background while doing some mindless work but nothing I would revisit.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Wish I could come up with descriptions like this on my own: "...dry ice-piercingly intense guitar drones and hefty nods to miasmic hardcore soup, oozing a contrary trance-spun drone. Noise becomes beauty as feedback is layered over vocals over feedback ad infinitum."

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

It’s obvious to hear the influence this album had on future artists. As a whole I found myself a little underwhelmed. That’s not to say I didn’t find songs that I did enjoy. Out of 10 I’d give it a 7.4.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

If you put the Pixies, Sonic Youth and Jesus and Mary Chain in a blender and out comes a milkshake of My Bloody Valentine...My first time listening wasnt bad, will give it another try

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Thu May 13 2021
3

Actually more coherent than Loveless, but not as infectious. Still noisy!

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

You can see the fingerprints of the Smiths and British New Wave all over this album. Other than having a terrible mix for vocals, it is a fairly creative and ground-breaking album for 1988 in that it laid a foundation for even darker and harder music to follow -- Goth / Emo.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

It's okay. I can see the impact they had.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Interesting shoegaze album. Different but not as good as Psychocandy by The Jesus and Mary Chain imo after one listen

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Fri May 21 2021
3

-first song started really cool drum/bass, and then it was kinda boring and they got rid of cool lick and it made me sad

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Tue May 18 2021
3

It's okay. I'm just not a fan of the beat in this genre of rock.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Not bad, but not particularly impressive, either.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

1) i- is he talking about.. yeah he is. good good. 2) there was one part of the music that kept repeating that annoyed me oops 3) okay more sex cool. good song 4) she would've made such a lovely bride what a shame she's fucked in the head :'( 5) oh man. ooft. like in a good way but also. sad 6) chill 7) energetic! hm. nice to hear them both 8) [narrator voice] suewasnotfine. good song. okay what is it with this guy and come 9) nice. did? 10) oh i like this a lot 11) this one too is good. i like the repeating words. and the guitar-y bit. 12) no srsly what's with the come ajksjgdks. anyway yeah i like this one too. listen i'm not good at describing things but like. i know what i mean. maybe i'll get better the more i do this. anyway. man this was 1988. it feels both like, yep spot on, but also like. later than that. idk if you told me this came out 1998 i'd believe u. probably enjoy more if i listen to it again now i know what the vibes are favourites: nothing much to lose, cupid come

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Some good songs, some shit songs.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Mixed feelings, some worked but most didn't. Maybe deserves another listen.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

a bit of a dirge- as is their style- but just like the last one, I enjoyed the moments of melody

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Bien. Dudo entre 3 y 4. Le doy 4 por ser My Bloody Valentine. No, venga, un 3.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

Shoegaze is niet 100 % mijn smaak. het was een acceptabel album

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Grunge. Indie rock. Confuso. Disonante

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Dość przeciętny album, ale fajna perkusja. Spoko do słuchania, ale dupy nie urywa.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Like so many other people, the first My Bloody Valentine album I listened to was their seminal 'Loveless'. Consequently, any other MBV albums I listen to are ultimately going to be subjected to comparisons to 'Loveless', which is arguably an unfairly high bar. Few artists are ever able to accomplish something as incredible and striking as 'Loveless', which probably explains why it took the band another two decades before they released anything else. With all that said, I was comparing throughout my listen of 'Isn't Anything' while still trying to keep an open mind. So no, this album is not anywhere near as good, but you can hear indications of what was to come. MBV's mastery of the 'shoegaze' genre and the incredibly atmospheric, moving soundscapes they would go on to create clearly has its roots in songs like 'Lose My Breath' or 'Cupid Come'. On the other hand, songs like the album's opener 'Soft as Snow' all go to demonstrate that the band still had some growing to do. So, overall, the album is good - certainly much better than countless bands could hope to accomplish on their debut album. But I feel this is an album that will forever live in the shadow of what's to come.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

They make guitar noises… probably very influential?

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

looks like ok, but forgot it the moment album ended

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Kinda monotonous but an interesting sound

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it as much as I wanted to, so I gave it a second listen. I can appreciate it for what it is, but I don't need to listen a third time, honestly.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

3.8 + Hard to not compare this (or any shoegazer rock for that matter) to "Loveless." It's got the whirly, swirly, buzzsaw guitars, which envelope the vocals in an undulating soup of colors and sounds. Somehow it doesn't punch with the same emotional clarity. Standout: "Cupid Come."

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

Liked this more than I thought I would. Starts out bleh but gets better. I can hear a lot of similarities to slacker stuff I listened to in college so I wonder why I never bothered with this group. Probably won't listen again, so no real loss I guess, ha.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Unremarkable

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

4/01/2022 Today's Album: "Isn't Anything?" by My Bloody Valentine - This album is somewhat difficult to rate and I had to give it a couple of listens to really even get an idea of what to say, but here goes. I think this album is going for a really difficult to listen to, but still musically cohesive vibe that I think works in a lot of songs / sections of songs, but falls flat with many others. The first 3 or so tracks, in fact, really captured my attention by toeing this line of unlistenable and fantastic and it really is just so interesting to me. The singing as far as I can tell is really solid, at least from the male vocalist, and although it gets drowned out often in the mix, I think it is okay given that the instrumentals are pretty solid, despite how unorthodox and strange they sound. They have a diverse set of tracks, from slow and wavy to hard and rocking, this album really takes you through some grunge 101 and highlights a bunch of sounds of the grunge genre. I am getting a lot of velvet underground influence out of the overall vibe, but they are doing some stuff that reminds me of the strange production we would see on future outfits like the Strokes. However, this is only about half the tracks, with the others just sounding really generic and uncreative due to how much nuance this genre really needs to sound good in my opinion. They sound their best when they're being subtle, which is the case with most grunge groups, at least in my opinion. It just doesn't sound good to me when the guitars are overbearing and smothering the entire track with distorted mush. I think this album is definitely worth a listen as there is a lot of challenging content for newer music fans, but if you don't like grunge like Nirvana or early Radiohead, you're going to find this pretty unlistenable. Score: 6/10 Promising and interesting in moments Highlights: Soft As Snow, Lose My Breath, Cupid Come, Sueisfine, I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

First song is great.

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Sun May 01 2022
3

Bracing and aggressive, well crafted and weirdly bouncy at times.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

They hadn’t quite figured out what to do with the guitar effects and how to make the vocals match the shoegaze aesthetic. 6/10

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Mon May 02 2022
3

6/10. Isn't much of anything. Fades easily into the background which is nice in a way, but annoying to actually pay attention to.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

So much noise, but I'd have liked it if I'd heard ten years ago. Nowadays, it doesn't impress you so much. Though i like some songs: No More Sorry, Nothing Much To Lose and of course the last one I Can See It. Interesting for first learning about shoegaze but still there're better examples.

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Just ok...I don't think I get the hype around MBV

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

As intended this easily bleeds into ambient noise in the background as you focus into something else, good work tunes

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

It's a tight album. Surprisingly short at 38 minutes for 12 songs. One downside for me is that in the production the vocals are too low in volume. I know that that is sort of their sound (along with a lot of other bands with similar sounds), but I wish the vocals were just a little louder. "Loveless" is often seen as their magnum opus, and it's fun to hear their sound evolve from this record to that one. This album to me feels a little less polished and a little less developed. There's moments where I wonder about their thought process for writing a specific song or even the inclusion of a certain song on the album. The track "All I Need" comes to mind- it's sort of this trance-like interlude that lulls you before one of the more energetic tracks "Feed Me With Your Kiss". It's a typical musical/album-flow idea to have some give and take, but it does make me ponder their thought process when writing that. Did they consider the "sound" that they want to have as a band and include that trance-like track? Or did they just write songs and put them one after another and say "whatever"? There's a lot to consider! Overall, I liked it! I think it has a great raw sound.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Very nice and shimmery!

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Was ready to hate this pretty much after the first track, but luckily it got a lot better. Second track is very eerie and dissonant. Generally nice and noisy.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Just OK. I am surprised by how meh this is, as I really like loveless.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

In general a big fan of quiet/loud/quiet channelled through layers of distortion bands. Also really like Shields’ soundtrack work. This didn’t quite catch fire for me though.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Meh. Seemed kinda random to me and harsh. Recording quality also seemed a little poor.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Flashes of genius here but they haven't quite got it yet. You'll either love this or hate it. Sludgy guitars, vocals pushed into the background. It sounds like it's about to collapse or everyone's batteries are about to run out. Best Tracks: Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside); (When You Wake) You're Still In A Dream; Feed Me With Your Kiss

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Bien. Dudo entre 3 y 4. Le doy 4 por ser My Bloody Valentine. No, venga, un 3.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
3

This was a tough one... I liked some tracks but not others. Sometimes it was really easy to listen to other times I wanted to turn it off. I find shoegaze such an interesting genre and when the album was vibing I vibed. This might be another one to check out when I'm in a different mood.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Wasn't much

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

Idk it’s alright

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

OK sounded Jesus and marychain kinda vibes. Like the distressed guitar and exhausted vocals.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

I wasn't super into this but appreciated the creativity. This was an influential album in the shoegaze scene, which admittedly I know almost nothing about. Cool mix of noisy guitar textures with softer and more melodic vocals.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Started off strong with Soft as Snow but kinda floundered around for the rest of the album.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

It was alright.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Was expecting a lot of doom and little fun - but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s doomy alright but so ese cent dunes and an overall pleasant listen.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

droning dissonant shoegaze static that I can't figure out if I actually enjoy. definitely prefer the fuller sound of Loveless over this 3.5/5

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

3.5

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

My Bloody Valentine are one of the loudest bands I have ever seen live, int eh Sydney Refectory circa 1992 (on the loveless tour). Part of the aesthetic is the ear-bleeding volume that these songs were designed to be played at. A friend snuck a portable cassette recorder in the venue to bootleg the gig. The volume blew out the limiters on the recorder, and, when we listened back afterwards, the tape was basically a 90 minute wash of white noise. So I love the noisiness, the wrongness of MBV. There are nice songs in there, but slathered in noise, mixed all upside down and drenched in reverb until the song almost disappears in to the background. Their next album, Loveless, is even more extreme and is their real masterpiece. This record is an important and revolutionary step from being a relatively "normal" 80s indie band towards the monumental epic that is loveless, but not fully given over to the weirdness of that record. I enjoy listening to this (although I suspect many/most wouldn't) but, at the end of the day, loveless is the masterpiece,. This was a breakthrough, and inspiration and blueprint for the whole shoegaze genre, but MBV had further to go, out to an extreme where no-one has ever really managed to follow (not even the band themselves).

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

I forgot about this band and how much I like their mood. Smashing Pumpkins must have been influenced by them.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

J'ai du interrompre mon écoute de cet album pour me rendre à un rendez-vous. A mon retour, j'ai relancé l'album comme toujours, et immédiatement cru que mon casque audio présentait un dysfonctionnement sonore. Et pourtant, il s'agissait bien des guitares saturées ignobles de my bloody valentine.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Le review sur le mariage de Charles arrive très bientôt, encore un peu de patience.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

An interesting listen that’s for sure. I want to say it’s like the Velvet Underground & Nico but just from the 80’s.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

I don't know how I feel, honestly

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

The debut album from mbv is not quite as strong as their later efforts, by there’s still plenty that works wonders and you can definitely see this as the pillar on which they build their future sound. Especially Shields’ amazing and truly innovative guitar and Butcher’s dreamy vocal are highlights while Ó Cíosóig’s energetic, erratic and snare heavy drumming (I mean, “Nothing Much To Lose”?!) provides just the right amount of insanity to the front persons’ ethereal tones. I played this at a level where my neighbors wouldn’t kill me. Maybe if I decided to fully turn up the volume, as is mvb etiquette, this would have received the last half star.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Interesting album, not as good as their follow up

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Sounded like early grunge to me, distorted guitars, hard to understand lyrics. It wasn't loud and energetic though, more like slow and depressed. The description says shoegazing, I guess that could describe it. It wasn't bad, I might give it another listen.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

I love the stuff MBV influenced, but find them a little hard to get into

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

I should like this band more than I do. The production just always sounds so muddled. Perhaps that's a feature and not a bug, because this was my favorite of all the Bloody Valentine albums I've been exposed to thus far.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

I find shoegaze to be fairly boring but I at least prefer this album to their supposed masterpiece "Loveless." I guess I should say I prefer them as an actual band rather than a monomaniacal vanity project. They at least have a slightly more dynamic sound and variety of emotion while in full band form. Considering the year, this was definitely ahead of its time, and I can hear how it influenced things to come.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Its pretty great. IMO Its not a must-listen album, though, and there are only a couple of must hear tracks. 3/5

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

Can't really find a way to get into the post-punk/noise rock genre. Interesting soundscapes but i find it hard to listen to an entire album of it.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Probably won't listen to this album ever again.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

OG Shoegaze, I like what came out of this, but this is not for me

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Skroz bezveze

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

upbeat rock mixed with psychedelic cues - kind of tiring as its sometimes not melodic

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

Not my music

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Sun Jun 13 2021
2

nada

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Did not like

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Mon May 10 2021
2

Meh.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

Cool sounds but it came at the compromise of their songwriting. Not my cup of guinness.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

What can I say; a calmer smashing pumpkins. Maybe they should call themselves carving pumpkins. I thought this was bullet for my valentine and I kind of wish it was. Pretty decent but I’d lump it in with yesterday’s album in the mediocre bin. And what’s up with the Album cover? I’m sure they took multiple photos that didn’t have lens flare but if you look closely you can see that little bloody valentine peeking out.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

Music sounded like they were still a struggling band musical instruments were a little off… Really did not like it

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Not my thing

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

only listened to the first few tracks

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

I guess I just don’t like noise. Maybe because I have kids?

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Sat May 01 2021
2

My bloody Valentine reminds of a past trip to Thailand. I had bigger hands than that girl! I remember dying of pneumonia which was easier to bare than most of this album. Not the worst I’ve listened too though

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

No

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Sun May 09 2021
2

I don’t think I’ve heard this band before. This album started a bit depressing and emo but some of the last tracks were more upbeat. I feel like ash, who I listened to in my youth, was influenced by my bloody valentine. A 90s Irish band influenced by an 80s Irish band sounds right.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

Isn't Anything isn't…good. In the late 80s I was into hard rock, metal, modern and rap. Indie music like MBV didn't register on my radar.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

2/5

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Found this a harsh tough listen and it’s far less interesting or cool than it thinks it is . They must sacked their bass player too

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Promising start, enjoyable in moments, but overall pretty turgid stuff with an incredibly grating vocal style

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

didn't fully click with me!

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Wed Sep 15 2021
2

Not particularly a fan. It wasn't offensive, but it didn't do anything for me

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

Just ok. Some good melodies.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

This is the second MBV album I've heard and both times I had the same thought - I feel like I *should* like this, but I just don't. I tried to listen closer to this one to figure out why. There's a lot going on in these songs and some of the effects and riffs are cool, but the word that keeps coming to mind as I listen is BORING. Another word is LIFELESS. I think a large part of it is the singing - both singers are pretty dull - but there's also no energy to the music despite all the noise. Not to mention the presence of occasional feedback and noise which lately leads me to an automatic 1-point reduction. The last track added the obnoxiousness of being intentionally out of tune. I'd sum up this album as Whiny Suburban Kid Anthems. I'll give it a 2 rather than 1 solely because of the occasional interesting effects (like on the first track).

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

I can appreciate the contribution that this band has made to modern music in how they've influenced multiple artists including some of my favorites but even after several listens this album really doesn't do anything for me.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

I think I went through a range of emotions listening to this album. At first I said shoegaze just doesn't work for me. Distorted guitars and heavy pedal use combined with almost inaudible vocals. Case in point Butcher's vocals - not bad but often drowned out by the noise. I know that is the sound they're going for, but I don't see the appeal. That was emotion one. Yet, even before the first track Soft as Snow was over I had to admit the guitar sound Shields creates (like a distorted siren) is pretty impressive. Still, it's also annoying as F. After two songs I thought good for them for pioneering a genre (e.g., I like Catherine Wheel and Silversun Pickups that came later), but it's a struggle to listen to. The album got better as I listened to more tracks. I think the distortion wasn't so intense and/or they better blended other elements (both vocals and other instruments) with the effects pedals. Cupid Come and You're Still in a Dream were more on par with Sonic Youth (still noise rock but less annoying). Tracks 5-7 regressed (my blood started to boil) but then tracks 8-12 redeemed. I still think it's a 2 for me, but I got close to a 3 on second listen.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
2

Instantly don't like this, first track is abrasive 😂😭. 4th track is a bit more palatable, more punky, could imagine it on an Earthed dvd. 7th track is palatable too. At times some tracks seem a bit like The Smashing Pumpkins, but I can't help but feel this doesn't quite deserve a 3 though, so, 2/5

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Sun Nov 28 2021
2

1.5/5 Not nice or interesting to listen to

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Times. Not good. Not bad.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

Niet echt mijn ding, zou het niet nog eens luisteren

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

Not my favorite

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Wasn't too interested in the sound or what the artists tried to do with this. A lot of the songs sound the same and are very drony, with a purposeful emphasis on things being out of tune (think Nine Inch Nails).

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Thu Feb 03 2022
2

It "isn't anything" more than noise. While that might be a bit harsh, I definitely felt that way at times working my way through this relatively short listen. I think this band is just a *bit* too weird and abstract for me to fully appreciate, and that's okay. I can see why people would like this and can even hear moments that might have inspired future rock groups (Radiohead is a band I can definitely see pulling from this material on some of their earlier work). It reminded me a lot of how I felt listening to the Sonic Youth album I received earlier on this list: I can definitely see them progressing beyond this album (especially since, in this case, it is their first), but I really don't have a desire to check out their other work after giving this one a go. It just felt pretty messy overall; although, it is hard to deny that the energy and diversity is present throughout. I don't blame anyone for enjoying this, but I didn't get much of it. 2/5.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

This album is as interesting example of lo-fi production and a milestone of the shoegaze genre. It doesn't click for me at all, but i like Bilinda Butcher's vocals in "Lose My Breath".

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Not my scene. Too much ambient noise

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

The back half contains the noisy melodies that make me love shoegaze, but the songs themselves, while varied, come across as particularly short and half-baked.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

Meh. Guess I just don't like shoegaze.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

I'm having a hard time with this one. I think I get what they're going for with the dissonance, experimental production and lazy vocals. Sometimes it comes together and works for them, but other times it just sounds really bad. Even when it does come together though, it kind of sounds like your generic 90s/00s alt-rock, but maybe that's a testament to it's influence, idk. I'm kind of surprised it was as acclaimed as it is, but maybe it was just early enough that there was nothing else to compare it to. Either way imo their follow up, Loveless, is much better. Likes: Cupid Come, sueisfine

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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

Gritty, grungy album. I appreciate the incorporation of noise and effects to create a signature sound, however I struggled to understand the vocals through the entire album due to the production of this noise. Lyrics are also a bit too creepy/overtly sexual for my liking. I understand why this album received the acclaim, but the band's sound does not resonate with me. Fave tracks: I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)

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Fri Apr 15 2022
2

Lacked something to make ot distinctive.... Plain mashed potatoes of this genre

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Thu Apr 28 2022
2

I thought I would like this album a bit more than I did, it's good music, was just expecting a bit more

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Voce e suoni un po' stridenti. Canzoni banali

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

A few tracks were ok, but this album was a slog to get through. Boring, discordant, and barely musical at some points.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

Not particularly memorable.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Eh

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Mon Jul 18 2022
2

Best Song: Lose My Breath. The vocals are really dreamy here, in a way that works for me. Worst Song: Feed My With Your Kiss. The mixing is really frustrating to listen to, with the vocals dialed way too quiet. It feels like you have to strain to hear them, but even then aren't well rewarded for the strain. Overall: Second album of theirs that I've had on this list and my reaction is about the same as the first. Very "one note", wherein after you've heard a song or two you've heard them all. A constant drone with little dynamic change.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

My favourite bits sounded like a noisier Stereolab, the rest just sounded noisy

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

Woe is me, gloom and heartbreak.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
2

Meh

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

Never knew I could not like a noise album. Felt sort of off in a way listening to this

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

A whole lot of fuzzy noise. Sometimes sounds like you're peering into the gate of hell. Hard to distinguish between tracks. I can appreciate what they're doing but have to be in the right mood for it.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Everything sounds the same if youre into that

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Shoegazing? Perfect description. I found the first few tracks dead boring. However when the band got really noisy, particularly on Feed Me With Your Kisses, it took me back to early Jesus & Mary Chain. Sometimes there’s a point to pure noise. These guys were obviously good at it. Will probably never listen to it again.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Grumpy Old Man review alert! Goodness. I understand they’re meant to be an influential band, but why would I want to listen to this album? One star up from the minimum for occasional moments of interesting sounds or melodies.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

I just don't get MBV...so sue me. I do prefer this to the utterly tuneless Loveless. At least there is some semblance of melody somewhere and you can sometimes something other than the bizarre guitar effects. 2.5 stars

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