"I've laid with the devil, Cursed God above, Forsaken heaven, To bring you my love"

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Loveless (album) by My Bloody Valentine 

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Loveless
Loveless by My Bloody Valentine (1991)
Overall rank: 26th   Overall chart history
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86/100 (from 1,624 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1991 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1990s (5th)
Top 50 albums of all time (26th)

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From JulianR 09/05/2017 03:10
Never has an album been so synonymous with a genre, yet so unique within it. Shoegaze is (essentially by definition) Loveless, and Loveless is shoegaze. And so this review will deal a lot with what shoegaze is, too. I think the term Shoegaze suffers from a debilitating lack of clarity. Does shoegaze include Slowdive's Souvlaki and Ride's Nowhere (the only two other albums usually conflated with the core of shoegaze), despite the former being ethereal and dreamy, and the latter essentially being jangly alt-rock? All three of these "core" albums sound so different it is hard to imagine them all being in the same genre/subgenre that is shoegaze. If it's that broad, does it include The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Sonic Youth? At this point, I don't know. To me, I think they have been lumped together wrong. My Bloody Valentine seems to me the distant descendant of the first noise rock album, White Light/White Heat, and closer relatives of the Sonic Youth and associates. Isn't Anything was more similar to the Pixies, even, than the 4AD-esque sound of early Slowdive. Slowdive is far more indebted to the jangly alt-rock of the Smiths, and the dreamy realm of the Cocteau Twins, than any noise rock predecessors. Their debut, Just For A Day, may as well have been released on 4AD. Dream Pop seems like the better description, though that always seemed like a terrible label, and always gets lumped in as a synonym of shoegaze. And Ride was always of course alt-rock/brit-pop, just with some reverb/echo.

Whatever shoegaze is or isn't, I know that Loveless is its heart and soul. To me, the story of Loveless and shoegaze is a sad tale; the genre was essentially started and ended with this album. The shoegaze genre was catapulted into the closest to mainstream it would ever get, yet, Loveless was also the very artistic and commercial pinnacle of the genre it essentially spawned. It was over before it started; every album afterwards would be compared to Loveless, and no album would ever measure up. The dilemma for new bands may have been that sounding not enough like Loveless meant you sounded not enough like shoegaze, and sounding too much like it made you just another imitator.

Now, on to the album itself. These songs creates such interesting collages; each and every track (aside from touched, which sucks) is so brilliant and beautifully noisy. There feel like numerous and constantly shifting layers of layers of noise, so much so that tune and rhythm become secondary to the sheer power of the cacophony. I don't think I could even hum any of the songs on this album besides Soon and maybe Only Shallow. Yet I love (haha, get it, love) every one.
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From suprisedkyou 08/29/2017 20:06
An album can't be this good! I must have listened to it 50 times in only a few months...Amazing.
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From cmoshier 08/20/2017 21:57
It's hard to find a more beloved or influential album for indie music, even if not directly. It's a masterpiece.
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From Mehran 06/11/2017 01:50
I want to like this album but every time iv'e given it a listen I just come away from it thinking it might be the most overrated album of all time, at least one of them.
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From mbartley 05/19/2017 08:33
Really weird
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From elo269megv 04/11/2017 23:20
Didn't know much about shoegaze music until I did some research on this album and the genre. Lush textures, droney melodies, angular guitars and instrumentation, noisy arrangements. Not a casual listen, if this came on your shuffled phone's playlist it would feel out of place. With that being said, its great to listen to from start to finish. Its nice to listen to in the car or as background music while doing chores. I discovered this album and Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins at the same time and fell in love, hopefully you will too, or at last give it a chance.
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From Komorebi-D 03/23/2017 08:28
It does for shoegaze what Nevermind did in the same year for grunge. Though at the same time it's so much more than that. Wrapped inside the wall-of-sound are magnificent sentiments.
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From discojets1 03/15/2017 22:43
Textured, psychedelic masterpiece
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From Ben4 03/14/2017 04:01
When I first heard Only Shallow it blew me away. I had no idea that music could sound like that. One of the most unique sounding albums out there. Every track is good. My favorites are Only Shallow, When You Sleep, and Come in Alone. What You Want was my least favorite at first, but it's grown on me.
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From crimson 02/26/2017 16:58
I know it sounds dumb, but this is underrated. It has some strange kind of celestial quality that no other album has. If there's heaven, this is how it sounds like: magnificent but incomprhensible to humans.
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