Album Review: My Bloody Valentine – m b v

posted by on february 6, 2013 at 10:25 am in Album Reviews

My Bloody Valentine - m b v

our rating

7.2

(good)

key points

  • Great Flow
  • Spacey Atmosphere
  • Repetitive

key tracks

  • She Found Now
  • New You
  • In Another Way

songs from the album

She Found Now
New You
In Another Way

alec’s review

flow
8
originality
7
listenability
6
my score
7.5

When a highly celebrated band doesn’t release a full album for 21 years, panic abounds when the moment actually occurs. Websites crash, social media blows up, and long-time fans smile at the incipient musical tidal wave. My Bloody Valentine’s new release is so hyped it doesn’t even need a proper title; instead m b v does the job just fine. The album begins as you might expect, with loud, buzzy guitars and frontman Kevin Shields’ dreamy, space-like singing style covering everything in a blanket of otherworldliness. And it mostly continues like this, never relenting to inspire wonder and make you want to gaze at the stars. Unfortunately, nothing unexpected or truly extraordinary ever occurs, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fans of the first two albums or the shoegaze genre as a whole will love it, younger, open-minded fans will be intrigued, but the average listener may be a tad confused as to what the hype is about.

Impression: The album does everything it had to do to please fans old and new. Nothing more, nothing less.

alex h’s review

flow
7.5
originality
8.5
listenability
6
my score
7

Not having listened to much My Bloody Valentine in the past, I wasn’t too sure about what to expect on their new album. The album as a whole I like, however there was one thing that stands out that I am not happy about. The first song comes on with a heavily distorted guitar with consistent strumming and although there are some songs that stray from this model, many songs don’t and it gets a little repetitive. One of the highlights of this album is Kevin Shields’ singing. He keeps his voice fairly reserved throughout the album, but it fits perfectly with the music they produce. Overall, this album does not blow me away, but I like it. The songs are solid throughout, but get repetitive at times.

Impression: This album will make you sit there and think about…stuff. A little bit of repetition, but a solid run of songs nonetheless.

alex s’ review

flow
8
originality
7
listenability
7
my score
7

I’m going to start this review with a confession. Prior to listening to this album, I had never really listened to My Bloody Valentine and probably could not identify one of their songs. Listening to mbv makes me regret all that I’ve been missing. This album beautifully layers samples, riffs, and a harmonious voice to create an atmosphere that completely draws you in until the very end. Each track expertly transitions into the next, with the feel that the album is in fact just one long song – which is how it should be. There are some who may consider this album to just be a bunch of white noise, understandably there is a lot going on. However, it is the combination of all the “noise” that makes mbv work.

Impression: The use of layering of different sounds and styles on mbv creates an atmosphere that draws you in and keeps you to the end.

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