Loveless

Performers My Bloody Valentine

Sire | November 12, 1991 | Compact Disc

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If you listened closely in 1991, you could have heard the ticking of some musical time bombs. These were defining albums in pop set to explode previous sounds and expectations. Along with Nirvana's Nevermind, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless blew up with unforgettable force. Based on Kevin Shields' discovery of towering waterfalls of guitar noise and Bilinda Butcher's disembodied vocals, the album showed that so-called formless shoe-gazer music was anything but. Still today, these tracks, especially "Loomer" or "Touched," move through listeners' minds with amoebic beauty. Some bands have imitated, while others, including Toronto-based SIANshperic, have become worthy disciples and messengers of this fluid sound. The result is a tradition of less structured and less restrained modern rock.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 12, 1991

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1991

Label Name: Sire

UPC: 075992675925

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Loveless

Performers My Bloody Valentine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 12, 1991

Genre: Alternative

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1991

Label Name: Sire

UPC: 075992675925


Title Track Time
1.Only Shallow --
2.Loomer --
3.Touched --
4.To Here Knows When --
5.When You Sleep --
6.I Only Said --
7.Come In Alone --
8.Sometimes --
9.Blown A Wish --
10.What You Want --
11.Soon --

Editorial Notes

My Bloody Valentine: Bilinda Butcher (vocals, guitar); Kevin Shields (guitar, vocals, samples); Debbie Googe (bass); Colm O'Ciosoig (drums, samples). Producers: Kevin Shields (tracks 1-2, 4-11); Colm O'Ciosoig (track 3). Engineers: Alan Moulder, Kevin Shields, Colm O'Ciosoig, Dick Meaney, Anjali Dutt, Guy Fixsen, Harold Burgon, Nick Robbins, Ingo Vauk, Andy Wilkinson, Darren Allison, Nick Addison, Charles Steel, Tony Falter, Hugh Price, Adrian Bushby, Pascale Giovetto, Nick Savage. All music written by Kevin Shields except "Touched" (Colm O'Ciosoig). All lyrics written or co-written by Kevin Shields except "Only Shallow," "Loomer" and "Blown A Wish" (Bilinda Butcher). To simply call this album the apotheosis of the shoegazing scene--that brief epoch of U.K. indie-rock in which bands turned away from melodic clarity and instead chased after the incendiary rapture of sheer guitar-driven noise--would be an understatement. LOVELESS is the sound of what might've happened if Brian Eno had produced DAYDREAM NATION. Or perhaps it's the thundering ambience of SISTER recorded backwards. Whatever the case, rarely has such a pristine, hypnotic record had such an ungodly amount of sonic tonnage. Opening with four quick beats from some kind of skeletal kick-drum and then proceeding through eleven gleaming movements of titanic distortion and severe melancholy, MBV's great wall of guitar architecture on this recording stands as a monument to the brilliance of its inventors. Released at roughly the same time that Nirvana birthed NEVERMIND, LOVELESS could not have been more different and yet as utterly relevant in shaping future soundscapes. A heavy, heavy record.
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