Loveless

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Isn't Anything was good enough to inspire an entire scene of My Bloody Valentine soundalikes, but Loveless' greatness proved that the band was inimitable. After two painstaking years in the studio and nearly bankrupting their label Creation in the process, the group emerged with their masterpiece, which fulfilled all of the promise of their previous albums. If Isn't Anything was the Valentines' sonic blueprint, then Loveless saw those plans fleshed out, in the most literal sense: "Loomer," "What You Want," and "To Here Knows When"'s arrangements are so lush, they're practically tangible. With its voluptuous yet ethereal melodies and arrangements, Loveless intimates ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Isn't Anything was good enough to inspire an entire scene of My Bloody Valentine soundalikes, but Loveless' greatness proved that the band was inimitable. After two painstaking years in the studio and nearly bankrupting their label Creation in the process, the group emerged with their masterpiece, which fulfilled all of the promise of their previous albums. If Isn't Anything was the Valentines' sonic blueprint, then Loveless saw those plans fleshed out, in the most literal sense: "Loomer," "What You Want," and "To Here Knows When"'s arrangements are so lush, they're practically tangible. With its voluptuous yet ethereal melodies and arrangements, Loveless intimates sensuality and sexuality instead of stating them explicitly; Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher's vocals meld perfectly with the trippy sonics around them, suggesting druggy sex or sexy drugs. From the commanding "Only Shallow" and "Come in Alone" to breathy reflections like "Sometimes" and "Blown a Wish," the album balances complexity and immediately memorable pop melodies with remarkable self-assurance, given its difficult creation. But Loveless doesn't just perfect the group's approach, it also hints at their continuing growth: "Soon" fuses the Valentines' roaring guitars with a dance-inspired beat, while the symphonic interlude "Touched" suggests an updated take on Fripp and Eno's pioneering guitar/electronics experiments. These glimpses into the band's evolution make Shields' difficulty in delivering a follow-up to Loveless even more frustrating, but completely understandable -- the album's perfection sounded shoegazing's death-knell and raised expectations for the next My Bloody Valentine album to unreasonably high levels. Though Shields' collaborations with Yo La Tengo, Primal Scream, J Mascis, and others were often rewarding, they were no match for Loveless. However, as My Bloody Valentine fans -- and, apparently, Shields himself -- will attest, nothing is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1991
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 075992675925
  • Catalog Number: 26759
  • Sales rank: 22,248

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Only Shallow (4:17)
  2. 2 Loomer (2:38)
  3. 3 Touched (0:56)
  4. 4 To Here Knows When (5:31)
  5. 5 When You Sleep (4:11)
  6. 6 I Only Said (5:34)
  7. 7 Come in Alone (3:58)
  8. 8 Sometimes (5:19)
  9. 9 Blown a Wish (3:36)
  10. 10 What You Want (5:33)
  11. 11 Soon (6:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
My Bloody Valentine Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bilinda Butcher Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Shields Guitar, Vocals, Sampling
Colm O'Ciosoig Drums, Sampling
Deb Googe Bass
Technical Credits
My Bloody Valentine Art Direction
Nick Addison Engineer
Darren Allison Engineer
Harold Burgon Engineer
Anjali Dutt Engineer
Guy Fixsen Engineer
Alan Moulder Engineer
Nick Robbins Engineer
Kevin Shields Producer, Engineer
Ingo Vauk Engineer
Andy Wilkinson Engineer
Adrian Bushby Engineer
Dick Meaney Engineer
Colm O'Ciosoig Composer, Producer, Engineer
Pascale Glovetto Engineer
Nick Savage Engineer
Charles Steel Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's mesmerizing

    Was this record an epochal event in popular music history or just an overproduced garble of distortion and unintelligible lyrics? Well, both. The time and expense that went into producing it were embarassing, and all that money and effort do not by any means lead one to cry out "masterpiece!" when one first listens to it. But the more you listen to the tracks, the more mesmeric the effect. The ethereal vocals (whatever they're saying) and layered sounds (especially the pounding guitars) are like a drug. A couple tracks are a little weak, but the rest is addictive. Given its influence and that it summed up the shoe-gazing genre for all time, one has to say that it was indeed a great and strange achievement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nick Drake & Billie Holiday Front the Jesus & Mary Chain

    Loveless is more like a feeling than an album. You can listen to it for the singles, but that's like living in a town for 12 years and eating at only one restaurant. HOw much mexican food can you eat? Go for the french quisine, german munchies and fat food. Loveless is, oddly, one of the most melodic records. Next to "Pink Moon" and "Blue", this is a great record to fall asleep to. Which is odd as those two are folk rock records. Don't wait. Buy this album the next time you see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    absolutely brilliant...

    This is honestly one of the best CDs which I have ever listened to. If you're tired of the new stuff out there then I seriously reccomend this CD. This sound is just so hypnotic and addictive that it will leave you in a state of complete disbelief. It's just that amazing, and this guy, Kevin Shields...genius!. So, yah, check it out, this CD will completely change your entire perspective on music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    primitive radio gods digs MBV

    Great album. you might like this primitive radio gods you like "Loveless": thanks, rudycox

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loveless

    loveless is one of the best albums i have had the pleasure of listening to. their sound is so rythmatic and perfected its almost hypnotic. Its rare that so much emotion is poured into one album.this cd is worth your money!!!

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