My Bloody Underground - The Brian Jonestown Massacre
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  • Summary: The 13th album from the group formed in San Francisco is its first in more than four years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. 92
    That this album eviscerates the armies of shoegazer-come-latelies is a trifiling accomplishment compared to the fact that for 74 minutes--with an overall tone of foreboding bordering on the haunting and disturbing--this album is impossible to turn off. [Spring 2008, p.92]
  2. Hellbent on pushing the envelope, Newcombe shines as a prolific madman once again and as recycled as the ideas are, My Bloody Underground is a fantastic new direction and a forward thinking album that indicates that however combustible, there is a lot more life left in BJM, in any incarnation.
  3. As pastiche, this all makes for a fragmented and cumbersome back-to-back listening experience - utterly dominated by wild mood swings. But with so many independently functioning songs on offer, certain suites of two or three become hands down irresistible.
  4. 40
    My Bloody Underground is the sound of someone geting My Bloody Valentine about two-thirds right, which is to say that while BJM can certainly conjure interminable, feedback-slathered drones, they lack Kevin Shields' gift for sonic invention or melody. [June 2008, p.83]
  5. This must be what they call a bad trip. [Spring 2008, p.74]
  6. For most of My Bloody Underground, Newcombe vocalizes like a decaffeinated Kevin Shields, barely audible under the weight of reverb that blankets just about every track.
  7. My Bloody Underground is by far the most vapid, drawn-out, and uninspired addition to their discography.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. BrendanW.
    Jun 18, 2008
    10
    A storming mess of an album. Awash with psychedelia and drone. A fitting tribute to both bands names colliding in the album title A storming mess of an album. Awash with psychedelia and drone. A fitting tribute to both bands names colliding in the album title portmanteau. Another under-appreciated and under-rated world class act! Expand
  2. RhysD
    May 5, 2008
    9
    Why the hatin? I love this album. If some of the tracks on here had been released as a single by, say, Wooden Shjips, everyone would be Why the hatin? I love this album. If some of the tracks on here had been released as a single by, say, Wooden Shjips, everyone would be coming in their pants over it. But because its BJM, and because of *that* film, lets write them off. Expand
  3. JosephB.
    Apr 24, 2008
    9
    The BJM tend to be slightly love or hate (which is shown pretty clearly in the reviews), so you expect any number of reactions. You'll The BJM tend to be slightly love or hate (which is shown pretty clearly in the reviews), so you expect any number of reactions. You'll know from the first song whether this is the type of album you like - imagine 'In Rainbows' by Radiohead, but remove all the production tricks and add a healthy dose of resentment. This isn't dancing music, this is art-music, and should be heard in the foreground. I like it, interesting direction, only Anton could get away with it... Expand
  4. DylanC
    Jun 8, 2008
    9
    Not something that will blow you away on first few plays. But put it on some night when you can't sleep and it's 2am and it's Not something that will blow you away on first few plays. But put it on some night when you can't sleep and it's 2am and it's just you, this CD and your headphones. Then you'll get it. I just hope BJM is able to keep going apace, releasing new stuff like this, taking risks. Expand
  5. WarwickK.
    May 8, 2008
    8
    definite grower. i tried my best to dislike this album, but now can't bring myself take it out of the player. A big change in direction definite grower. i tried my best to dislike this album, but now can't bring myself take it out of the player. A big change in direction for A.A.N., but well worth the persistence for old & new fans of the bjm. Expand
  6. SteveF
    May 15, 2008
    3
    Huge fan but not very pleased with this experiment in shoegazing My Bloody Valentine obsession. The track called Yeah yeah is the only song Huge fan but not very pleased with this experiment in shoegazing My Bloody Valentine obsession. The track called Yeah yeah is the only song on here that I would listen to a second time. Quite a disappointment...from a huge fan. Overall i'd say I don't hate the album..I just didn't enjoy it Expand
  7. AlanR.
    May 25, 2008
    1
    Anton's creativity has dried up. Drone is the last refuse for the untalented.

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