S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor

  • Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: Mar 23, 2010
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Abyss isn't a failure--their audacity to upend themselves, contriving each and every step of the way with an expansive sound that masks away the more attention-grabbing arrangements is worthy. Props to them for sounding like everyone else and no one else at the same time.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Loveless-era My Bloody Valentine is still their touchstone, with dreamy vocals almost obliterated beneath washes of distoortion on "I Just Want To See Your face" and "Reprobate!," but they also thorw curveballs. [Apr 2010, p.119]
  3. There are standout moments of beauty in the sound they make--usually when pausing to gaze upon the full sun--but these reveries are the exception rather than the rule, and just as the listener is absorbing them, along comes a guitar to wrench them away.
  4. I'm all about brevity when it's effective, but S-M 2's patchiness makes its 38-minute length feel much longer. The record isn't unlistenable or even awful, but it's filled with lackluster songwriting, ripe with pastiche, and drenched in a wall of effects that do nothing to mask these flaws.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BrianW
    Apr 13, 2010
    10
    I love the new album much more than the 'debut', but to be fair, aside from a handful of questionable rhetoric, the main criticisms I love the new album much more than the 'debut', but to be fair, aside from a handful of questionable rhetoric, the main criticisms for the album are actually quite well-grounded. The review quotation from No Ripcord sums it up very well. So does the one from musicOMH. What Tiny Mix Tapes pointed as lackluster songwriting was, well, when you trying to confront cloying and belligerent excess head to head, what you get is a malformed, clamorous mess. I just happen to enjoy they way they pull it off. But the rampant comparison to Loveless got a bit out of hand; have you ever heard of Medicine by the way? And the Pitchfork complaint and the end of their review was exactly my problem with Loveless. Ok I'll stop here WHO GIVES A **** right? Full Review »