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Isn't Anything [My Bloody Valentine] [093624523123]

  • 1. Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)
    2. Lose My Breath
    3. Cupid Come
    4. (When You Wake) You're Still in a Dream
    5. No More Sorry
    6. All I Need
    7. Feed Me With Your Kiss
    8. Sueisfine
    9. Several Girls Galore
    10. You Never Should
    11. Nothing Much to Lose
    12. I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45231

  • Credits
    ProducerMy Bloody Valentine

    Personnel: Kevin Shields, Bilinda Butcher (vocals, guitar); Deb Googe (bass); Colm O'Ciosoig (drums).
    Engineers: D. Anderson, S. Nunn, A. Russell.
    Personnel: Bilinda Butcher, Kevin Shields (vocals, guitar); Colm O'Ciosoig (drums).
    Recording information: Foel Studios; GreenHouse; Time Square Studios.
    Photographer: Joe Dilworth.
    From its very first moments, My Bloody Valentine's ISN'T ANYTHING announces a musical revolution--the rough, insistent snare hits are joined by scalar bass runs, finally uniting and pausing to give way to a barely recognizable guitar swirl and up-close, unproduced vocals as a new form is born. The album's inimitable sonic collages sought to marry the brash experimentation and punk ethic of Sonic Youth with more pop-oriented production values and songcraft. Mastermind Kevin Shields's somewhat more streamlined European update on the noise-rock ethic may carry an intimidating sonic swagger, but beneath there beats the heart of a musical unit firmly grounded in pop.
    The open-ended sonic stir and dreamy vocal of "Lose My Breath" create a swirling atmosphere, held aloft by a single, plodding acoustic guitar. This kaleidoscopic intensity reaches its apex in the stirring drama of "No More Sorry," a tightly-wound tune that pitches like a ship in a storm, battered by waves of harsh, unforgiving guitar textures. The brash, pounding punk ideal is embraced most obviously on "(When You Awake) You're Still In A Dream" and "Feed Me With Your Kiss."

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (7/9/93, p.50) - "...They nearly bury their somber melodies beneath surface noise. But unearthing the tunes is part of the listening pleasure..." - Rating: A-
    Q (7/01, p.88) - Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time" - "...Staggeringly dense....Unveiling the softest extremely loud music ever....Even the barely intelligible lyrics contained hidden traumas..."
    Alternative Press (7/95, p.88) - Ranked #46 in AP's list of the `Top 99 Of '85-'95' - "...ISN'T ANYTHING is the most important rock album of the '80s, barely nudging out PSYCHOCANDY....Guitarists Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher introduced a new aesthetic, creating unbearably sensual, alien environments through furious tremolo-bar wrenching and outrageous distortion..."
    Q (Magazine) (p.148) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a record that heads straight for the inner ear, skewing, disorientating, toppling off balance. There are wonderful songs lurking here..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Today, it's still striking for its consistently dark, erotic tone, alternately woozy or aggressively ravenous..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.91) - "'Lose My Breath' and 'No More Sorry' are smoldering beauties, highlighting Butcher's extinguished-torch vocals..."
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