Isn't Anything (studio album) by My Bloody Valentine

Isn't Anything by My Bloody Valentine
Year: 1988
Overall rank: 468th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 672 votes)
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Isn't Anything is ranked 2nd best out of 9 albums by My Bloody Valentine on

The best album by My Bloody Valentine is Loveless which is ranked number 21 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 35,241.

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From 03/24/2023 21:02
I can't fully decide if I like this album or not, but I appreciate what they did in 1988, because it sounds very ahead of its time. It's not an easy listening, this record is very noisy and there is only a few clear melodies, so it demands a couple of relistens and after them I started to enjoy this album much more.
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From 02/20/2022 15:27
Sorry for being blasphemous; The sound of this album is just one noise, but perhaps my ears are filled with wax and that is fake news.
Needs an infinite amount of relistens, but I do not have the time in the world.
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From 04/03/2021 22:47
A quantidade que influência que esse álbum promoveu é enorme!
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From 07/26/2020 00:53
Isn't Anything is a good debut, in that it displayed what My Bloody Valentine were about, i.e. their sound and goal as a band. It doesn't achieve everything it's set out to do perfectly, but Isn't Anything is certainly a valiant effort. It's a bit disjointed at parts and the production is pretty odd sounding (the snare particularly sounds very electronic/choppy and is soaked in reverb).
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From 06/12/2020 13:37
Fav. Tracks: Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside), Lose My Breath, All I Need, Sueisfine.
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From 06/27/2019 02:20
Really good album. Unlike Loveless, which took many listens for me to enjoy, I got into this right away.
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From 04/04/2019 23:26
Took me about 7 listens to love Loveless. I don't know about this one though...
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From 10/17/2018 21:11
I was really shocked going back and listening to this, considering how much I love Loveless, just how sour this record is. Some very few moments of memorability are mostly overshadowed by a record that doesn't come close to realizing Shield's vision for the sound.
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From 10/04/2018 01:50
Some very haunting moments during the first half.

Favorite tracks: Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)

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From 05/19/2018 08:51
I have always loved those "I was there " album stories , for example "I was there when Sgt Peppers came out " or " I was there when Joshua Tree was released " .... well I have my very own "I was there " moment , I was there when 'Isn't Anything' was released in 1988 and I'll never forget it . I pretty much picked this album up the week it was released , I don't recall why I decided to pick it up on vinyl LP but I just did (it must have been the musical gods speaking to me ) and TBH it was life changing . So I bring it home and drop the needle and I couldn't believe what I was hearing , it was like nothing that had come before and it literally blew my mind , I'll never forget that moment like the moment I first heard 'Surfer Rosa'

The reviews were Mind-Boggling such as this example from Melody Maker describing the album as - " a raving nymphomania and out of body experience that establishes them as absent minded rulers of this daydream nation"

Every song here is great , every moment means something . The song that really unlocked this album for me was "No More Sorry" a sorrowful longing piece that gets me every time

And you have to remember this was a land mark album / sound in that nothing had been done like it prior , shoe-gaze is now an established musical gene , this album is Ground Zero


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