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  • Summary: The second album from the Irish rock band is reissued with an unreleased remaster of the album from the original tapes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 10, 2012
    100
    A bittersweet symphony that remains unparalleled.
  2. May 11, 2012
    100
    Essentially perfect... It remains a landmark that hasn't aged a day.
  3. May 31, 2012
    100
    Loveless holds it own as one of the great rock albums, period. [Jun 2012, p.90]
  4. May 10, 2012
    90
    [Loveless] not only stands the test of time, but transcends it. Songs like 'When You Sleep' sound as inventive now and would outshine much of the crop of young pretenders... Remains an archetypal classic.
  5. Jun 22, 2012
    80
    How, exactly, do you follow an album like Loveless? It's a question that pop has yet to answer. [Jun 2012, p.119]
  6. May 10, 2012
    80
    The reach of these records [Loveless and Isn't Anything] makes bands yet to form sound hopelessly out-of-date.
  7. 60
    This 1991 album is the best of three reissues of their work – also available are their debut, Isn't Anything, and a 2CD compilation of outtakes and EPs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 4 out of 25
  1. Jun 20, 2012
    10
    Just reacquainted myself with this album and have to agree with others that it is perfect. The swirling ebb and flow of the distorted guitarsJust reacquainted myself with this album and have to agree with others that it is perfect. The swirling ebb and flow of the distorted guitars with the haunting vocals is timeless and beautiful. There is a subtlety and parsimony that is brave and not heard on similar ventures at the time such as the Cocteau Twins. Truly magnificent. Expand
  2. May 18, 2012
    10
    It is perfect. It is 100% flawless. It is an idea perfected and left inevitably unbeatable, no matter how many bands have tried. It is a hugeIt is perfect. It is 100% flawless. It is an idea perfected and left inevitably unbeatable, no matter how many bands have tried. It is a huge world filled with pink haze and almost painfully intense noises. At first it may seem too much, you may feel that it is overdoing the noise aspect. Then you'll slowly start to feel comfortable with the album. Then you'll never want to lose this album, you'll always want it there when loud, sweeping but an inevitably warm music experience is what you need. Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2012
    10
    Probably the best album in music history after Revolver. There are no words to say about this. Brainless people, go listen to Nirvana and stay away.
  4. Jan 2, 2014
    10
    Loveless is My Bloody Valentine at their most narcotic and seductive, being less physical and aggressive than their previous album Isn'tLoveless is My Bloody Valentine at their most narcotic and seductive, being less physical and aggressive than their previous album Isn't Anything. At times it is hard to believe actual people were responsible for the sounds produced on Loveless, there's a bloodless almost ghostly quality to it. This would be My Bloody Valentine's final album until the release of m b v on an unsuspecting music scene in 2013 to much acclaim. While m b v is a fine album I can't escape the feeling that it's more of the same and although I love Loveless I don't want Loveless part two. I love it too much. Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2012
    10
    The best album of all time??, sometimes I believe it so. I've listened to tons of bands, albums, and songs but in the end it all comes back toThe best album of all time??, sometimes I believe it so. I've listened to tons of bands, albums, and songs but in the end it all comes back to Loveless. Expand
  6. Nov 9, 2013
    9
    Loveless is one of the best records of the 1990s and the crowning achievement of the shoegazing genre. For those unfamiliar with My BloodyLoveless is one of the best records of the 1990s and the crowning achievement of the shoegazing genre. For those unfamiliar with My Bloody Valentine's sound, think Sonic Youth distorted guitars and solos and Cocteau Twins ethereality and transience both mixed into one package. The tremolo guitars cake these beautiful songs into a bizarrely soothing, all-enveloping layer of vibrating sound, such that the voices of Butcher and Shields become but murmurs in the mix, and only a few of the drummer's beats rise out from the mist. But when they do, they create something truly captivating, "Sometimes" is a bewitching 5-minute trance that combines a gentle acoustic strum with the heavier bed of distorted melody, "Blown a Wish" is a sonic seduction, "Soon" is a glorious closer, and "Only Shallow" was a game-changing rock song whose guitar surge in the chorus changed rock music forever. The only flaw is "Touched" a short experiment that feels out of place and serves no purpose. Also, the two reissue discs sound pretty much the same the first one is a touch louder so put that one in your MP3 player. Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2012
    0
    This is a great album, not quite one of my favorites though, it did inspire much of what I listen to, but does it hold up? sort of... IThis is a great album, not quite one of my favorites though, it did inspire much of what I listen to, but does it hold up? sort of... I guess? I prefer the stuff that it inspired really... 8/10 A classic from the 90's, along with Aeroplane, OK Computer, and Slanted and Enchanted, but I think I like those albums better. Expand

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