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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 148 Ratings

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  1. Feb 9, 2013
    5
    I got to see MBV live back in Vancouver in the early 90s during the bands heyday. While back then I was into the whole shoegazer/madchester/etc scene and I really liked Loveless, when I heard the band were coming out with a new album (lol I'll believe it when I see it), I was curious. I dusted Loveless off and gave it the first listen in probably over 10 years and it brought me back toI got to see MBV live back in Vancouver in the early 90s during the bands heyday. While back then I was into the whole shoegazer/madchester/etc scene and I really liked Loveless, when I heard the band were coming out with a new album (lol I'll believe it when I see it), I was curious. I dusted Loveless off and gave it the first listen in probably over 10 years and it brought me back to younger days....so when I picked up the new album, I was really curious to see what the band would churn out after all these years. The end result.... most of the album could have been holdovers from Loveless, the other half sounds like old farts trying to stay trendy and relevant. Not bad, but not as good as some of these metacric reviews would lead you to believe..... Expand
  2. Jul 10, 2013
    6
    From the start, the album is most definitely My Bloody Valentine. It had their sound, and it has their sound because, for the first three tracks, it is Loveless. It’s not a copy, instead it feels like the songs could have come right from the album’s track list. Opener “She Found Now” is sleepy and dazey, you just want to curl up next to forever and never wake up. It loses you in the music,From the start, the album is most definitely My Bloody Valentine. It had their sound, and it has their sound because, for the first three tracks, it is Loveless. It’s not a copy, instead it feels like the songs could have come right from the album’s track list. Opener “She Found Now” is sleepy and dazey, you just want to curl up next to forever and never wake up. It loses you in the music, the way a My Bloody Valentine album should. It feels like a closer, more than an opener. “Only Tomorrow”, to me sounds like a faster “Sometimes”, and it is my favourite song from the album. But even though these first two songs submit you to a land of honey gloss, where you can seep into the warm pores of each guitar strum, the rest of the album feels limp, confused, the songs seem patched together. I think it suffers from being recorded at different stages over the years because there was never one period where the band sat down and recorded it all at once.

    “Who Sees You” meanders off course preparing you to say goodbye to that Loveless sound as it goes into “Is This and Yes”, a song the feels like it should be better than it is. The opening is great, it’s dreamy, and it’s still Shoegaze. It just feels a bit too long and overdrawn, it sits well as a middle point though, it rests in that neutral zone.

    “If I am” and “New You” feel out of place. The drums are more prominent and there isn’t a subdued feeling to it. I don’t like the big bouncy beats and the bass, a problem the second half of the album suffers from. It detracts from getting lost in the music because it feels uncomfortable. ”In Another Way” is noisey, but not in a way that I like. It feel borderline obnoxious at some points with the repetitive drum loop in the background, but it’s not as bad as “Nothing Is”. “Nothing Is” is a loop, one that is quite frankly boring and uninteresting. It doesn’t compel any wonder or joy in me. “Wonder 2″ is noise though. With Jets and breakbeats flying over the band. It’s something I could like, but after the last few tracks it’s not all their with me.

    Overall, My Bloody Valentine produce a strong first half, but one that get’s lost in time. It has it’s strong parts, the first two tracks are amazing, they really are. However the rest of the album lacks proper substance, and it just drawls along in a way I wish it wouldn’t. There isn’t anything catchy, nothing that garners your attention. But in the end, the first half does retain it’s charm, and it will always send you back to Loveless.
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Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. 70
    MBV is no great leap forward, though it's still aeons ahead of its 21st century competition. [Apr 2013, p.98]
  2. Apr 16, 2013
    90
    The noise that's here is lovely, heartbreaking, expansive and raw. [No. 97, p.58]
  3. The perfect album, albums with no filler, albums that when over, leave you breathless and don't inspire you to want more music from the band, but make you want to listen to the album from the start, all over again; m b v is that album.