My Bloody Valentine
m b v
By Astro De Rosa
It’s been twenty-two years. We could have conceived, raised, and legally intoxicated an adult between 1991’s Loveless and this year’s m b v. But the third My Bloody Valentine album is finally here, and thanks to Kevin Shields’ psychopathic, perfectionist tendencies it is amazing.
Infamously known as the loudest band of all time, m b v is a true landmark experience in sound healing. m b v is full of soft buzzing tremolo/distortion over layers of lush guitar lines alongside gorgeous hymns uttered with a somber indifference.
It’s a strange record, beautiful and hypnotic, nauseating and stimulating. Shields used an all-analog recording process, meaning no computers were used in the editing of the album. A a result, if feels like every color of noise ranges through the compositions’ sonic trajectory and the result is stunning, unadulterated bliss.
For the uninitiated, I encourage you to check out m b v and then go back through the band’s history. Seeing them live was one of the most profound experiences of my entire life.
In short, I kind of think they should change their name to “My Bloody best band ever in the history of the universe.” – (10/10)