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Editors’ Notes

Loveless is an album that grows in legend with each successive year. The group took 22 years to complete its follow-up m b v. The stories of Kevin Shields’ perfectionism are heartbreaking. Yes, Loveless is a full-out assault on the senses and massive amounts of ink and cyber-ink have been spilled over the album’s intricate greatness. It is a difficult album to initially penetrate. A cursory listen does not yield the insights necessary to understand what is happening here. The first key is arguably “When You Sleep” where the dense wall of sound liquefies just enough to hear the organ and vocals and to catch the wave of deep psychedelia present here. Shields’ and Bilinda Butcher’s vocals melt together as the swerving intensity of “I Only Said” careens like a racecar around curves sharper than anticipated while “Come In Alone” is blacklight love at its most alluring. This was an album that took two intense years and $500,000 to finish, money the label did not recoup and that it could not afford. There are no easy answers, but headphones, a lava lamp, and a dark room help bring the blueprints of this legendary album into focus.

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Seminal

No amount of praise is too much for this album. When I bought it when it came out (on tape!), it was a difficult listening experience for my young ears. But it is a deep experience that was revisited over and over the years and made me a huge fan of MBV and layered/textured music in general.

Flawless.

My Bloody Valentine has had limited success over the years but has deserved so much more than that. 'Loveless' has proven time and time again to be a record that no matter how many times you listen to it, it never gets old. Ranked by Pitchfork Media as the 2nd best album of the 1990s, it full well deserves such an accolade because of its depth and perfect songwriting. If I was to write such a list I, personally, would most likely rate 'Loveless' as #1 with Pitchfork's #1: Radiohead's 'OK Computer' at my #2 spot. 'Loveless' single-handedly bankrupted My Bloody Valentine's indie record label and took over three years to record, but the end result was completely worth the effort. This album is quite literally a masterpiece and should be an addition to everybody's record collection. 10.0/10.0

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Biography

Formed: 1984 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Like the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth, and the Jesus and Mary Chain before them, My Bloody Valentine redefined what noise meant within the context of pop songwriting. Led by guitarist Kevin Shields, the group released several EPs in the mid-'80s before recording the era-defining Isn't Anything in 1988, a record that merged lilting, ethereal melodies of the Cocteau Twins with crushingly loud, shimmering distortion. Though My Bloody Valentine rejected rock & roll conventions, they didn't subscribe...
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