Visceral feedback took 22 years to reveal itself as nothing more than guitar wankery? It only took one listen to fall asleep to “[easyazon_link asin=”B000002LRJ” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”socmonsou-20″]Loveless[/easyazon_link]” over two decades ago and a thousand efforts since to stay awake when it’s on; and the same shall be said of it’s official 2013 follow-up, “[easyazon_link asin=”B00BHUJ2XI” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”socmonsou-20″]Mbv[/easyazon_link]”. Nothing has changed it seems for Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine (MBV’s architect of overrated guitar pedal and amplifier effects), and self-indulgence was always a 90s rock quality better defined as “artistically overrated but emotionally dysfunctional enough to sell records because the critics said it was great and rock music fans were tiring of Poison”. MBV were never great to begin with, they were simply louder than Poison and Cinderella–and that’s about it. (See Nirvana for more reasons why the 90s sucked for rock and roll.) My Bloody Valentine lacks songs, then and now, as they’ve proven once again. m b v offers up nine more reasons to fall asleep again in 2013.
Andy Whorehall (SM)
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