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Loveless

My Bloody Valentine

1991

Loveless

Album Summary

Loveless is the second studio album by the Irish-English rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released November 4, 1991 in the United Kingdom by Creation Records and in the United States by Sire Records. The album was recorded between February 1989 and September 1991, with vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields leading sessions and experimenting with guitar vibrato, nonstandard tunings, digital samplers, and meticulous production methods. The band hired nineteen different studios and several engineers during the album's prolonged recording, with its final production cost rumoured to have reached £250,000 (equivalent to £480,000 in 2021). Preceded by the EPs Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991), Loveless reached number 24 on the UK Albums Chart and was widely praised by critics for its sonic innovations and Shields' "virtual reinvention of the guitar". However, after its release, Creation owner Alan McGee dropped the band from the label as he found Shields too difficult to work with, a factor alleged to have contributed to the label's eventual bankruptcy. My Bloody Valentine struggled to record a follow-up to the album and broke up in 1997, making Loveless their last full-length release until m b v in 2013. Since its release, Loveless has been widely cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time, a landmark work of the shoegaze subgenre, and as a significant influence on various subsequent artists. In 2012, it was reissued as a two-CD set, including remastered tracks and a previously unreleased half-inch analogue tape version, and peaked on several international charts. In 2013, Loveless was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry.

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Rating

3.15

Votes

5486

Genres

  • Indie
  • Shoegaze
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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

For years I though My Bloody Valentine were a shitty emo band but only recently I found out I was completely wrong and they are excellent.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

This album grows on me with every listen. Feels like trying to remember music you heard in a dream

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Kevin Shields you mad bastard.

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Thu May 27 2021
1

Definitely a noise pop type album with no singing really, just mumbles and moans. It's all very unpleasant to listen to. Has a very 90's sound, it has not aged well at all.

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Mon Nov 30 2020
5

first song, the moment they sang, i'm in love <3 which is expected bc I say this is one of my genre and i can't believe I've never tried listening to them before (aaah right i know now why, they're not on spotify!). i like Sometimes best I think, When you sleep for lyrics and peak shoegazeness. Blowin a wish din pala. outro of what you want!

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Gorgeously textured, so much so that I can almost taste them. A warm, enveloping blanket. Wonderful music to smoke to, if it isn't obvious. Favorite tracks: "Only Shallow", "When You Sleep", "Soon"

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Incredible album. I feel like I'm on a cloud listening to this from all the insane guitar sounds. 5/5

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

I've listened to this album probably around 20 times since I first heard it and I'm no closer to understanding what they're saying now. It just sounds so cool and I always feel totally immersed in a wave of guitar chords and ethereal vocals. 5/5

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

I'm sad and I listen to Loveless every night. This is one of my top 10 favorite albums of all time. Come on now.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

One of my all time favourites. Shoegaze is the completely wrong term for this as it is a sonic onslaught. It is one of the best albums released in 1991 and it had some tough competition. I hold seeing them live in November 1991 as one of the most memorable shows I've been to and the one which no doubt caused me the most hearing damage.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

5* album, with apologies to MBV for having not listened sooner because I confused them with emo twats My Chemical Romance and Bullet For My Valentine. Turns out I love shoegaze. Who knew?

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Dreamy vocals just underneath fuzzy guitars, a tuneful bass, and reliable unobtrusive drums. What's not to love? Surprisingly relaxing and good to work to, this album feels noisy but with intent. Droning with a purpose. I can't tell what any of the words are so the voices just act like more instruments. Hard to pick out individual songs (except perhaps the last track, the totally danceable "Soon") but things do change enough that, as an album, this is a great listen that I want to start over as soon as I've finished. Up to now, shoegaze has been my least favorite genre but maybe now things are changing...I love this!

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Thu May 19 2022
5

Dun dun dun dun WOOOAAAAAA WOOOUUUUA WOOOOEEEEEA WOOOUUUU *incoherent moans* A goddamn work of art this one is

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Tue May 25 2021
4

I really love everything about this album and yet have always wished there was slightly more structure to the songs - if only because the stuff that feels more like a traditional arrangement is so freaking good. But really, I’m just not aware of anything that quite sounded like this before they unleashed it onto the world. Now? Like 20 million bands borrowing elements from this sound. That’s probably praise enough.

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Sat May 22 2021
3

I have tried so hard to understand the appeal of this almost universally praised album...BUT I CAN'T! No denying it's uniqueness. It's supposed to be influential but I can't think of another album that sounds like it. I actually like their previous album; isn't Anything. As I type this the last two songs that have come on...Sometimes and Come in Alone are better, more melodic, more to my liking. Still tough to rise above a 2 star rating. I'll wait until the end to post. The last song Soon finally has a discernable beat... sounds like it could be on Isn't Anything why can't more songs be like this one. Today's lasting impression 2nd half of the album MUCH better than first. I will give it another shot. 2.75 stars

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Fuck yes Best tracks: Only Shallow, Blown A Wish

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Fri May 28 2021
5

An obvious all time classic, fuzzy and dreamy and weird and full of emotion.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

I can't be impartial; this is one of my favourite albums of all time. I love the shoegaze sound that just washes over you, the way they make their guitars sound is incredible. Favourite track: "Only Shallow." Least favourite: "Sometimes."

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

I love "only shallow". I think it sounds more contemporary than it is? Though does have some like cranberries vibes maybe? and maybe a bit of sonic youth lite in the guitar distortion + female vocals read the wiki article on its recording saga, kevin shields sounds like a twat.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Dreamy. So so dreamy. I think I need to pay more attention next time, but I got utterly lost in it all.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

I don't usually listen to this kind of music, but I'm inspired to say that you shouldn't trust anyone who can't appreciate ethereal vocals over heavy distortion. I wish I was in the mixing booth when this was created. I love the ending of 'What You Want' and the beginning of 'Soon.' That was a perfect song placement decision. I let the radio play and 'she found now' came and absolutely loved that song. The whole album put me in such a dreamy, angst filled mood. Good for a lazy Friday, I suppose.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

This sounds very much like 1991 and also very timeless too. I never listened to mbv at the time

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Every hipster band on the planet dabbles in shoegaze these days, none have ever come close to this masterpiece.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
5

What an excellent seminal album this is. The sounds, the riffs, the entire concept from start to finish.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

This is the best shoe gaze album of all time. It is atmospheric, occasionally discordant, and beautifully layered. This album is almost like looking at something through frosted glass and gives me a nostalgic sense for something I’ve never experienced. It is absolutely breathtaking

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Noisy perfection. 5/5 doesn’t cut it. Widely imitated, never bettered. Nothing comes close. The sound of falling out of a plane. I imagine.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

One of my favourite albums and a seminal record for anyone who is interested in the Indie scene of the 1990's. I would imagine this album could be quite polarizing - while the band's rich, melodic, dreamy soundscapes are likely the most appealing aspect of the album (the verses on 'Only Shallow', 'Looper', 'When You Sleep', 'Come in Alone', 'Sometimes'), MBV also incorporates rather jarring sound effects in many of these same tracks. The net effect, for me, is incredibly enjoyable, but when you take these more experimental elements and combine them with the signature muted vocals, this might not be for everyone.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
5

This album divides opinion enormously amongst my friends but, when I'm in the mood, I find it utterly amazing. Gigantic and transcendent and thrilling.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Fuzzy, warm, melancholic, nostalgic walls of noise that completely envelop you, simultaneously strange yet familiar. The music is characterized by simple pop structures but filled with so much reverb distortion and subtle shifts in pitch, channels, and volume that it feels so distant. Lyrics are among the most mesmerizing I've seen, but too bad I can't understand without looking them up. This is mbv's most consistent album, feeling like one giant haze if not for the sudden cuts that catch you off guard. Some of the most beautiful songs I've heard are on this album, with my favorite being "When You Sleep." Just like with Ride, I could hear the 60s British rock influence in many like "I Only Said", which would later influence Britpop. There are things I love about every track. Not to mention every song has superb vocals, songwriting, mixing, and effects. Not a second wasted, with plenty of attention smoothing out the rough edges. Doesn't ever feel forced, yet somehow every song feels complete. Perfect track ordering, and I like how tracks segway into each other, although it could be a bit startling at times. Intro sets the theme, and the closer grabs your attention one more time before you fall off to sleep for a final hurrah. I always learn something on every listen. Listening to this album gets me to stop and re-appreciate music for real. If any album deserves a perfect score, it's this one.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

No album in the past 30 years has come close to revolutionizing the guitar as an instrument as much as this LP did. Each track leaves no inch of production space unused as every inch of the sonic spectrum is slathered in crunchy mids, ridiculous amounts of feedback, and healthy dollops of reverb to round everything out. It took bankrupting a whole record label to find out that guitars could sound as alive and real as this, but it was worth every penny. This album is not without its flaws - mbv can't write a dynamic song structure to save their life, and I fully understand people who get bored with this LP. For me at least, however, the lack of dynamism is excused when the instrumentation and melodic structures are /this damn good/. 'To Here Knows When' may be the same sound and general 'aaaAAAaah' lyrics for 3 minutes on end, but hell if it isn't the most beautiful thing I've ever heard come out of a shitty tube amp. The inklings of early 'gaze on 'Isn't Anything' ignite into fully realized bliss here as artistry and instrument collide, the band's experimentation and creativity coming through clear on each song. A personal fav moment has to be the entirety of 'Sometimes' - the mental imagery for me has always been as if Shields covered the entire guitar line in gasoline and lit it ablaze, the longing and melancholy of the melodic line backlit by the warm flickers of fuzz. 30 years on, it's clear why this LP continues to inspire new generations of guitarists and musicians despite how abstract and uninviting it may seem on first listen. Who knew fucking around with pedals could create one of the best albums of all time?

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Mon May 09 2022
5

The second album from this Irish band and what many to consider to be the pinnacle of the Shoegaze genre (obscure vocals, guitar distortion and effects). This album was recorded over two years using 19 different studios where band leader Kevin Shields was aiming for perfection. The album cost lots of money and the band never released another album after that in this time frame. They did reunite in 2013. The music can best be described as a unique, distorted, churning guitar sound driving the songs with other guitars, sampling and keyboards (I think) used variously for the melody. About half the songs have drums (drum loops). The vocals are split between Shields and Belinda Butcher and act more as instruments. They go great against the music. I've never have or will try to remotely decipher the lyrics or what they're singing about. To me, this is an amazing achievement of sound and guitars in essentially creating a unique atmosphere. I don't if I've heard anything quite like it since. However, to be honest, I would not recommend listening to this album if you're hung over; that guitar might really be irritating. Every song is worth a listen just to hear what Shields is doing with the guitar sound. Some highlighted songs; both "When You Sleep" and "What You Want" are more traditional rock songs with drums, that churning guitar as rhythm and other guitars/keyboards for the melody...my two favorite songs on the album. "Soon" use drumbeats (loops) to incredibly create a dance-type song. Guitars still churning. Many consider this one of the best albums of the 90's and I would agree.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

It is a distinct piece of art from beginning to end, an immaculate singular mood.

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Sonically innovative and deceptively layered, this record is the apogee of shoegaze. The dense, hypnotic atmosphere is created from a host of oxymoronic qualities: at once strong yet soft, up-tempo yet relaxed, lustful yet distant. Deliberately obscure lyricism adds to the instrumental quality of the wistful, lost-in-the-mix vocals of Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher, and Shields’ guitar work manages to virtually reinvent the instrument’s place in rock music. Standout Tracks: Only Shallow, When You Sleep, Sometimes, Blown a Wish

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Like being thrown into a constant, swirling ocean of droning guitars and feedback. A giant wall of sound, initially impenetrable, soon gives way to striking melodies and songs, and an album that is downright stunning for the most part.

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Wed May 18 2022
5

I remember the first listen, totally blown away. Still am

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Thu May 19 2022
5

It’s one of my favorite albums. The waves of dissonance with the monotone vocals. The immersive wall of sound is so perfectly mirrored in the album art. It’s really a treat every time I hear it

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

An awesome quiet-loud record. There are those who believe this is overrated. I vehemently disagree. The tension of noise vs. melody is palpable. One of the best releases in the 90s.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

The ultimate shoegaze masterpiece. Such a great album one of my favourites. Can see why it’s not to everyone’s tastes but that’s what art is all about. An album that takes time and effort to enjoy but once you get it you can’t stop coming back to it.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

So many great albums lately! Anyway, this is an album I would imagine is polarizing but I'm all for it. So much noise and beauty. MBV was a special band. Classic. Total classic.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

Absolute masterpiece of an album. What a treat.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Staple of college art in the early '90s. Best listened to on your back, in a pitch black room staring at the ceiling with a favorite teenage crush.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

One of the best sounding records to emerge from the 90’s. I genuinely can’t comprehend how Shields produced such an intense and dense wall of noise while managing to maintain dreamy vibe and pop sound of the songs. I think it’s fair to assume that a decent amount of my favorite records of the late 90’s and forward wouldn’t exist without Loveless. A legacy almost as massive as it’s sound.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Peak MBV. Peak shoegaze (along with Souvlaki by Slowdive). Absolutely insane that Kevin Shields was able to create something so dreamy which at the same time insists on having an intimate connection with the listener.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Hazy, enticing, melancholic, heartfelt barriers of noise that take you into their warm cocoon. Simultaneously weird yet inviting. My favorite album from 1991, beating Massive Attack's *Blue Lines* and Nirvana's *Nevermind*, That's evidence enough for me that's it's a masterpiece, given who had the second and third slot. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 816 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory: 99 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 46 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 41

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Is this my favorite album of all time? Yes.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

I love it when the Generator picks an album that’s been a favorite of mine for years.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

I was dimly aware of shoegaze during my mid-nineties only metal phase, but I only really heard any from cheap tinny portable speakers in the sixth form common room, and it (unsurprisingly) sounded rubbish. I wish someone had sat me down with some decent headphones or otherwise indicated that this stuff was best enjoyed LOUD. There's a slim chance I woulda broadened my musical taste earlier. On the other hand, I was a self absorbed little dickhead, so probably not amenable to suggestions from any source.... Anyway, this album is badass, and played at a bone-marrow-penetrating volume it's transcendental. Fave track - "I Only Said" maybe? Doesn't make much sense to talk about the tracks in isolation on this one!

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Fri Dec 11 2020
4

7/10. Have seen it on many 'top albums of all time' lists but I don't really get the hype. There's some good songs on here (Only Shallow is great) but its not as good as everyone makes it out to be. Still an enjoyable album!

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Fitting to get this one right after it's been officially added to streaming services! If you showed me just the first track and told me "this is what shoegaze is", I'd be totally hooked. Unfortunately, I feel the album falls off a bit and loses a good bit of it's edge that got me hooked. While the flood of reverb is nice to listen to, the way it's used doesn't impress me nearly as much throughout the rest of the album. Despite all this, the album still comes across as a stellar and unique listening experience, so hats off to mbv for killing it with this album.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

A classic album, and one that requires more than one listen to fully appreciate. Like all shoe gaze it's a bit hard to discern one song from another but the overall vibe is fuzzy, heavy, gloomy. Would be great live. Misses out on a 5 due to a lack of variation through the album, but still a classic. 4.5/5

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Experimental art rock that was way ahead of its time for 1991. Can clearly hear the influences on other rock acts of the 90s and all types of acts today. Abrasive and dissonant at times and those vocals are so soft, but very musically interesting and kept my attention the entire time. Would rate 4.5/5 if possible. Favourite Tracks: Only Shallow, Loomer, Come In Alone, Soon

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

I seem to have completely missed out on this band for some weird reason (I'm 55) and now I've discovered them it's good news for me and slightly dubious for my wife and kids who don't share my musical taste. It's like an immersive experience and needs to be played loud with incense and alcohol. Heavy guitar driven, distorted with mumbled muted vocals and drums/bass to carry it along. There are discerable tunes and since they were late 80s- early 90s they obviously must have influenced a lot of the later bands I'd expect. A happy day for me albeit slightly embarassed.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

1991 and look at them setting trends of naming everything in lowercase. i thought this would all be very edgy and all, but actually surprisingly chill songs here. i like 'touched'

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

false

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Dreampop is immer so a Sache...

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

I appreciate the sounds they were making especially given the timeframe. They were obviously pushing the limits of the traditional rock sound, however, it's not a style I would go back to.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

Smashing Pumpkins meets The Cure meets Jesus and Mary Chain. Sure it has atmosphere and texture, but so does a porcupine in Beijing smog..

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

This album has a reputation of being like the best shoegaze album ever, which must mean that I’m just not a big fan of shoegaze. Wasn’t bad but def wasn’t a fan

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

I kind of liked the ethereal voices over the sounds in this album. More than I thought I would. But maybe just in little doses. That repeated phrase that was cool for 30 seconds was nice, but repeating it over the next 4 minutes kills the love. The whole album felt like a real test of my patience and endurance. “To Here Knows When” was the soundtrack to standing in the checkout line, watching the sloth movements of the sullen teenage cashier, who at one point interminably studied the list for the code for grapes, unable to find it; only when that’s all finally done to have the customer ahead write a check, which then got lost in the machine and couldn’t be retrieved despite the work of several employees, who never acknowledge you and your 12 items waiting…and waiting…

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Are my headphones broken? Is there something wrong with Spotify? Oh apparently it's supposed to sound like this... I'm not sure what to think of this one. On the one hand there's certainly a unique charm to this, and I can understand how it could work its way into someones favorites. The songs, while pedestrian, are catchy and generally pleasant to listen to once the shock has worn off. They've also decided not to capitalise any of the titles. How statement-y of them. That said, I find the songwriting a little underwhelming. The best moments on the album are when they go beyond the conventional pop-punk format such as with 'touched' . The instrumentation warrants little comment. Expect no Jimi Hendrix here, this is all pretty basic, run-of-the-mill stuff. The sonic weirdness here seems to be the main attraction. While at points it has its charm, and certainly is unlike anything I've heard before, the effect hardly blows me away. Taking all that into account, I'd say 2.5 stars is appropriate. This is, by no means, a bad album, despite the general mediocrity of the compositions I found it an enjoyable experience, but seems to me to be more or less a curiosity - generally middle-of-the-road pop-punk songs with some interesting effects laid over them.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

This album should be called "Mediocre Megalomaniac." Even his band mates hardly wanted to go near it. I can't even imagine what it must be like trying to work with Kevin Shields in any capacity. It's no wonder Billy Corgan admires this album so much. It's his fantasy: a musical autocrat seizing total control while holding his label hostage. And for what? Perhaps the biggest fuss ever made over something so utterly boring. I've tried to listen to this in the past and never understood it. Still don't. It just leaves me feeling numb. I strongly believe that the best music is made by collaboration, despite differences, rather than fetishizing these stories of lone geniuses forcing their inarticulate visions on everyone else. Learn to fucking communicate rather than judge and belittle everyone around you. This album is not the hard won labors of a misunderstood genius, it's the creative death throes of an insufferable prick.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
2

shoe gays Didn't mind, didn't care for

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Tue Jan 12 2021
1

I don't like gazing. Especially staring at my shoes.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
1

The sound engineer must have misheard the distortion setting. Everything is mixed so oddly - maybe that's the thing. So what would be the better elements are lost. This is probably dynamic in a live setting with a full stack of amps and the band really getting into foot tapping mode. Overall it's cack.

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Fri Jan 15 2021

Moon safari was a very appropriate title.

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Thu Feb 25 2021

I adore this album

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Wed Dec 23 2020
5

godDAMN

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Wed Oct 21 2020
5

The sound!!!

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Wed Oct 28 2020
5

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Amazing

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Knew this one

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

Loudest album ever.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

classic shoegaze. one of my all timers

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Great shoe gaze album. A great full sound and great guitar.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Perfecto, obviamente.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

already in the collection..5 star depending on mood!

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

Great. Loved it

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Classic alert! Great album, I've known this one for a while. It took me ages to realise there were two vocalists on this, their voices sound so similar..

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

Such a moody album. Feels like floating for 45 minutes on end. Gorgeous tones and breathy vocals make this an album for the ages.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

noisy, textured - pretty tricky to listen to but 5 stars for the effort

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Dreamy and ethereal and noisy

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

Masterpiece.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

Sensational

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Wed Mar 24 2021
5

starting out with a classic

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

<3

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

This was a hugely influential album for me and I listened to it well over 100 times; because I get like that when I love an album.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Feels very 90s rock

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Listened to this on the right day with the right mood. ‘Twas kismet.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

A classic. Love the unique guitar style

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Most brilliant album. I love this already but damn right this has come up.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Great album and sound! I really enjoyed it!

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

A surprise 5 for me. I really really liked this and I can tell how much it inspired future alt rock / chill wave of the aughts.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

The definitive Shoegaze album, perfect from start to finish.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

The gem! True roots of shoegaze! The band hired 19 different studios during the album's recording in 89-91. Awesome sound!

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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

Yep, 100% understand why this is on the list. Wave after wave of dreamy sounds. I don't have a magic carpet, but if I did, I imagine this would be the soundtrack to riding on it.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

wow.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Banger!

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Often imitated, never replicated. A rightful classic

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Wed Oct 27 2021
5

A really great introduction to Shoegaze, One of the songs reminds me of No Care by Daughter. The intro was my favourite.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Veinte añitos de este gran disco lleno de tantas cosas. "soon" probablemente mi favorita, pero aquí no hay skips. 10/10

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Sometimes still the best song on this album

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Sat Nov 27 2021
5

Beautiful and entrancing white noise! Like Fuzz with less brutal distortion. 5 stars!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Dreamy

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

The definitive shoegaze album. A true classic. Legendary.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Merrrrrry Christmas

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Suck my beautiful cock.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Like a warm cuddly cocoon. Climb in and bath in the beautiful sounds. Sheer genius.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Fantastic album, still sounds fresh after almost 30 years.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Специфическое звучание, но классное

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Wed Apr 06 2022
5

If you love (this album) less, you deserve to have love (in your life) less. Easily the most influential independent album of the last thirty years. Play it loud.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

Actually one of my all-time favorites

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Shoegaze zoals het hoort te zijn. Erg genoten van dit toch wel stevige album

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Thu May 05 2022
5

Flawless

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Thu May 19 2022
5

one of the legendary shoegaze albums, it’s just incredible

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Wed May 25 2022
5

Mmm fuzzy goodness 5

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Whooa. Loveless. Gonna love other peoples reviews here. The apex of shoe gazing. Walls of guitar that overwhelm and almost destroyed Creation Records due the Kevin Shields perfection seeking. I know it well. And playyyy...The sheer joy of "when you sleep" the magnificence of "soon" There is nothing like this album. 5.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

Brilliant

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Yes loud and angry

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

This album pioneered rock during the nineties and even the 2000s. Maybe I'm not fully convinced on production, but that's nitpicking in this particular case. An absolute masterpiece.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Perfect album.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Noise, layers, ethereal. It's such an amazing album.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Trop cool :)

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

This album made me a fan of shoegaze

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Classic album

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Masterpiece.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Ah shit 10/10

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

One of my favorite records of all time. It was a great joy to see it show up for a Friday listen.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Klassikko! Hämmästyttävää, että tavallaan normibändistä saa tommosia saundeja ulos. 5/5.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Onhan tää nyt ihan älyttömän hieno! Ei voi mitään vaik en oo tän genren suurin diggari! Uu vittu jee et on hyvä!!! 5/5

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

quintessential shoegaze

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

I fell in love with MBV after hearing one of their earlier tracks, Strawberry Wine, on a free NME cassette (look it up!). Saw them live in the late 80s and they were awesome. This was the pinnacle album wise, but there are better EPs out there. You Made Me Realise has an amazing B-side. Sometimes is the highlight for me, but I could listen to this over and over.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

gah this is just iconic, shoegaze at its best

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Sat Oct 15 2022
5

I love this album and was very happy to told to listen to it.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Masterpiece. Likely in my top 10 of all time.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

Ok it was actually brilliant, loved the reinvention of the guitar, the production was superb, there was enough difference between songs and overall, this was incredibly enjoyable. There are some things I'm not sure about, the gristle in the tracks could get frustrating and some songs stayed in the same place for too long making me hesitant about a five, I will relisten soon, but, ultimately, there was so much this album did right, and totally changing my view of production of guitar I think this will be a five. An essential record.

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

~4.5

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Sat Feb 06 2021
4

This is the brand of shoegaze that I don't super love. It's pleasant enough, but the fuzzy lyrics and lack of focus on melody really bring it down for me. I'm not sure I completely understand the universal acclaim this band/record gets. Best track: Soon

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Thu Dec 24 2020
4

Shoegaze became my favourite genre of music

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Cool stuff. I never heard it before but I see their influence!

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Fattar varför den är goated

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

I have not heard of this band before but I like the style of music. Gives me girlfriend vibes. Genre is "shoegaze".

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Best track: "I Only Said" Clearly influenced the Smashing Pumpkins

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Really interesting will be listening to again.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

These guys wore the shoes at the onset of the shoegaze scene.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Banging shoegaze - THE shoegaze album. Dreamy as hell, good listening. Music itself is not overly interesting, but neither is a warm blanket.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Good one, but not to be shared, needs an alone immersion to be appreciated

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

Some noisey shoegaze. But I almost bored of how rhythm guitar sounds. Reminds me of late 90s post-hardcore somehow.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Day 1: An album I'm familiar with, but have only listened to a few times all the way through.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Album ícono del Shoegaze, me gustó

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I preferred the quieter songs but liked it overall

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Great sound, can't really hear what they are saying

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Very unique sound with the guitar!

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Classic Shoegaze.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Would listen again

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Good

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Thu May 27 2021
4

-i think it would be good to do my math homework too: loud but not stressful. - it feels like being stuck in an old TV and the signal is going out. A very good vibe (To Here Knows When) - would make very good road trip music (When You Sleep) -very good! I'll probably come back to this album at some point

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

I actually enjoyed this album a lot. Good ambient noise rock and some really interesting harmonies going on at times. I think this hit on my my jam band foundation a bit which is why I liked it more than the rest of the group.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

This album could be a 4. It's really close. The mix of 90s jangly guitars vs an overdriven wall of noise almost drowning out the soft vocals. It's just missing something, maybe diversity between the tracks. After a while it seems to bleed into a drone. Still, I've got a feeling I'll revisit this. Stan out track - loomer

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Solid the whole way through

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Volym på MAx

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Tardó en convencerme, al principio parecía una simple bandita de garage rock más. Pero sí es más heavy que eso, la cantidad exagerada de distorsión del sonido es un poco hasta humorística. Las últimas 4 canciones muy bien, muy remolisnwsco el pedo, música quensuena a mal viaje.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Lovely album. Fantastic stuff to drift to sleep with. I'm not at the point where I would call this a through and through masterpiece, but it could get there some day. Favorites: When You Sleep, Sometimes, Soon

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Interesting ambience. The first song sets the tone of the album. Quieter vocals with strong instrumental experimentation

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Here you will find music to melt your brain, or at least the space between it and your eardrums. MBV doesn't groove like certain shoegaze groups, but there are depths to their sound that emerge over time. This listen, I got a lot of the higher lines as types of distorted string sections: Strong stuff, and not at all what I remembered. There's quite a bit of variety in tracks, though it's all of a kind of piece.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

Very good. An album that pushed the boundries and set an incredibly high bar for a new music genre (at the time) shoegaze. This album is another case where I wish the rating system on this site had more than just 5 ratings. By giving it a 4 I feel like robbing it of the credit it absolutely deserves, but I also don't feel like it deserves a 5 yet, for that I'd need to listen to it a couple more times.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

He didn't even let me out for Christmas

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

If you’re getting a little high and shoveling snow - this is for you

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

I really enjoyed this one. Shoegaze gets you feeling a certain way. Not a single track Really stood out but thats cause it all just merged and flowed. I wouldn't be in a rush to approach this one again but I'm glad I listened.

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Tue Jan 18 2022
4

Distorted grunge at its best

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Right up my alley. I have never heard them before but it was just the kind of stoner grunge that tickles my inner ear.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Sehr gutes Album, wenn es auch hier und da mal die Nerven strapaziert.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

classic noisy shoegaze-y with tinny alien vocals. slightly overstays its welcome but a strangely cathartic wall of sound

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

really enjoyed listening to this.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Not what I was expecting at all. Felt like an industrial / avant garde rock album. Production was unreal.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Classic disco

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Pretty revolutionary shit this

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

I haven't listened to this in a long time. I remember the first time I heard it and it didn't really click with me - I think I'd been oversold on them to be honest. They were total indie darlings at the time. I still don't put this album on very often but it has grown on me substantially. It's fascinatingly inventive and just really really fun to listen to.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Loud. Beautiful. 8-9/10 1. Sometimes 2. When You Sleep 3. Only Shallow

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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

Beautifully haunting

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Was a bit intimidated to listen to this since I know it's the quintessential shoegaze album. Overall I'm into it, I am definitely a texture guy when it comes to music and it checked all those boxes. The only thing that I didn't love was the higher pitched vocals by Shields, I preferred the lower register or Butcher's style. 4.5 down to 4.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

I admit I was not expecting to like this but I enjoyed it quite a bit and recognized more than I thought I would. I didn't look at the year immediately, and thought it was from maybe 2006. Was shocked to see it was from 15 years prior.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Show gaze and great

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

It was alright. Not really my thing, but great musically.

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Far, far better than their debut album, 'Isn't Anything,' this album solidifies their sound in a wonderful way. I was really put off by getting the other album first, but this one might have turned me around on My Bloody Valentine. dreamy in the best ways, the music made me feel like I was floating in air. The ethereal nature of the songs are just that good.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Kinda boring but still pretty good if you're in a shoegazey mood

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Really nice sound they’re going for. Very cohesive. 7/10 but 4/5 here.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
4

It's a classic if not a bit one dimensional

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

This is really cool sounding, like a Foo Fighters, but the vocals are this light airy thing balanced on these guitars that want to take off on a heavy Nirvana track. This was really enjoyable

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

I love the noisiness and experimental nature of this. Normally, that sort of thing drives me nuts, but not here. I’ve been listening to this record for years, just don’t ask me to be able to name a single song.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Delightful tinnitus.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Snuddar på en femma denna, klassiker efter klassiker

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

sexig platta

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

I can appreciate this album for what it is, even if it's not totally my thing

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

The sound of not being able to run in a dream. Best Tracks: Only Shallow; When You Sleep; Soon

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I did not expect that. Very interesting. Thanks 3.5/5

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Alright. Bit screechy. I can see why people enjoy it.

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Ahh yes, dream pop that actually sounds like a dream. Still not sure if it will grow on me, but I can definitely tell that the next listens will never be the same as the first time.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

3.5

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

I get it. Would I just listen to it normally… no. But I do appreciate the effort and a couple great tracks

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