2 decades was such a long wait, we became apprehensive about the (only!) 3rd My Bloody Valentine album. Yet for all their influence, somehow no other group in 20+ years picked up the mantel.
And then 2013's "MBV" delivered, taking their uniquely melodic wall of noise to a fresh new place.
This may be the most unexpected album of last year. English shoegaze ( a term that hardly does them justice) titans made "Loveless," a pinnacle of 90s guitar rock and an album that seemingly was too much to follow up. Leader Kevin Shields was quiet for a while and then slowly started to collaborate with other musicians (J Mascis, Bobby Gillespie) before MBV reunited for shows. And, now, over two decades later, they have followed up "Loveless" with an album that has no right to be as good as it is. When I heard the opening song on "Loveless," I thought "This is what God would sound like if he played guitar." And they still sound impossibly grand and transcendent, while also offering up some songs are closer than they've ever gotten to pop. If you're going to stage a comeback, this is how to do it.
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