Friday, February 8, 2013

New Music Review: My Bloody Valentine-m b v

My Bloody Valentine-m b v
Average Score: 87
 [Self-Released]

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100 Consequence Of Sound
While that doesn’t make it a better album than its predecessor, it doesn’t have to be. Instead, m b v creates a new timeline for My Bloody Valentine, and one that recalls the past in a broader and bolder light. They’re better for it, their catalog is stronger for it, and by album’s end, they’re still the best at swirling guitars.
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95 Under The Radar
Comparisons with Loveless are of course inevitable, in part because of the legacy of the 1991 album, but also because the first six tracks on m b v are unmistakeably of the same band.
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95 Paste
m b v showcases Shields’ impressive look at progressions, which you could probably argue define the band’s sound as much as anything else.
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91 Pitchfork
For 22 years, the only way to get there was through Loveless and its associated EPs; now there's another path, one many of us never expected to find. That it's this successful in spite of it all is something we never had a right to expect.
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91 The A.V. Club
And regardless of whether it’s an echo of the past or a bridge to the future, MBV stands as something potentially timeless—and immediately breathtaking.
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90 Slant Magazine
A few twists and turns shy of perfection, m b v is the innovation and sonic warmth of My Bloody Valentine rekindled and made anew.
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90 Beats Per Minute
Whether approached with the utmost skepticism or the most fervent zeal, m b v proves itself not merely a reputable album, but a spectacular and unforgettable experience.
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80 No Ripcord
If anything, these are the tracks that could’ve predicted what a My Bloody Valentine album would’ve sounded like had their contract with Island post-Loveless yielded any results.
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80 AllMusic
More comforting than revelatory, M B V reaffirms that My Bloody Valentine are one of a kind; the subtlety to their melodies, instrumentation, and the way they blur together belongs to them alone.
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80 Tiny Mix Tapes
The worst outcome for m b v would be if it were perpetually caught up in the myopic frame of the present, if the discussion doesn’t evolve beyond there being only two reactions a person can have when hearing it — apathy turning into disdain or starry-eyed worship. I honestly feel a little of both, and I’m not sad or troubled by that at all.
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65 Pop Matters
m b v is largely defined by how is draws upon on the dreamier aspects of Loveless, its nine tracks drifting along for interminable lengths on a firm bedding of gauzy guitars.

It’s too early to tell what this record is, how important it is, how good it could really be. We’ll all throw our opinions out there, and they’ll all be informed by the past. But if all this time passed between records can serve one purpose, it might be that we don’t have to connect this back to Loveless.

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