On Saturday, we were all shocked when Kevin Shields announced that the new My Bloody Valentine record was actually dropping that night. I was in the middle of getting ready for a night out dancing at San Francisco’s premiere Britpop night Leisure. I’m quite late to the party and have only now been able to give MBV the attention it deserves for a review.
The follow-up to 1991’s Loveless was long awaited. On Saturday night, my friends and I joked about its status as the shoegaze Chinese Democracy and speculated that perhaps Damian Abraham of Fucked Up would be right about MBV:
I think most of us knew this album would be awesome and My Bloody Valentine did not disappoint. As we’re listening to MBV, my coworker referred to it as a “quilted noise machine” just like Loveless. True to their style, My Bloody Valentine sticks to the layers of fuzz, noise, distorted vocals and pop-friendly melodies.
The album begins with “She Found Now.” It’s dreamy and led by the sweet sounds of relatively clean electric guitars. It’s followed by “Only Tomorrow” which is quickly becoming one of my favorite tracks on the album. I love the melancholy vocal line. “Is This And Yes” is lead by a synthesizer giving the song a positively space age feel. I can imagine listening to this as I sail through the galaxy gazing at planets. “New You”‘s chorus of “do do do” is hypnotic.
MBV is solid from start to finish. It’s the type of album that you will always prefer to listen to in full. It closes with “Wonder 2,” a song that sounds like airplanes taking off (pretty perfect for My Bloody Valentine). Just like their past albums, MBV is a sonic masterpiece of syrupy shoegaze goodness. I know this album will soundtrack many late nights for me in 2013. Thanks, My Bloody Valentine. It’s so good to have you back.