Your are viewing a read-only archive of the old DiS boards. Please hit the Community button above to engage with the DiS !
Mine is You Never Should: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwI3QLvrhjU
The gentle acoustic strum providing a pillow soft rhythm to the all continuous fuzzy static of electric guitar, the building crescendo of what sounds like pan pipes in the background, the fact that it is five minutes long but is over before you know it, and that it was my avenue into drone - fennesz, hecker and all that other wonderful music...
Loveless holds fond memories for me - it was a full six months of constant rotation before the album long goosepimples finally stopped (and I have them again as I type this and listen to it). I've never reacted that physically to an entire album (from start to end) like that.
Kevin Shields - you are the man.
its a beaut
because its the perfect pop/punk song in that it is raw and intense but has moments of absolute euphoria, particularly the final breakdown section which reminds me of moments like the end of "No.#13 Baby" by the Pixies. It's a large reason why Isn't Anything is my preferred album, and it also sounds like a later Ash song which I always enjoy. Also it's probably Colm Ó Cíosóig best effort on the drums.
close follow-ups include: Sueisfine, Feed Me with your Kiss, You Made me realise & Sometimes.
It reminds me of, like, Husker Du or maybe Dinosaur Jr. And the vocals on it are really good as well. Kevin Shields is a good singer, when you can hear him. There's a note in it, at the bit where he sings 'tried to change my mind', that is such a jump to a high note, but it's hit perfectly and sounds really good.
I like 'Good for You' too. Kinda annoyed that turned up as an unreleased song on the reissues, because I was hoping to nick that while everyone thought it was a fake MBV song.
Listening now, really so very good.
My Bloody Valentine the post-punk band, which is easily the version of them I hold in much higher regard
Don't Ask Why being my third.
I just love how the whole album seems to build up to that incredible explosion of sound right after the grinding hum of To Here Knows When. Spectacular album.
Best ever album opener IMO. Love the drums at the beginning and how they fall back so suddenly. 'When You Sleep' would be my other pick. Am really enjoying the EP tracks I'd never heard, having bought the compilation.
it's self aware
Oh, go on then...
I'm gonna say Loomer, despite the fact that last.fm tells me that Sometimes is my overall most listened to song of any artist.
Like molten something-or-other
Has those weird flute-y sounds
Contains my favourite Bilinda vocal
And my favourite lyric (Tip toe down, to the lonely places)
It was my introduction to dissonance turned into pure beauty somehow.
It's all encompassing.
The problem is, most of those could also be applied to To Here Knows When
(Tremolo EP version with the different outro)
It's the one song that best balances the haze and fuzz of Loveless against the power and viscerality of Isn't Anything. Plus the main riff pretty much beats Yo La Tengo at their own game.
This thread has got me reconsidering a little though, You Never Should and You're Still In A Dream run it close. Also I think I Can See It is probably my favourite "acoustic" track of theirs, love the harmonising vocals against the fucked up guitar.
Isn't Anything to Loveless. What the hell is going on?
don't fight it, embrace it
Isn't it terrible having to work out which of two absolute belters is the best?!
But I can't get your lack of appreciation for Loveless.
I just gave them both a quick listen through to check which were my favourite songs, and there's like twice as many stand-outs on IA compared on Loveless, for me. But then Loveless is total consistent gorgeous ...
Basically, I prefer noisy rock to beautiful ambience, and I think that is kind of a central point when deciding which album suits you better. I still think that Loveless is the "better" album ever after this, but IA is more of a "me" album, ya know?
but we're REALLY similar, guy
i cannae remember
unsurprising Super rating, good.
Outside of Sometimes which ranks as one of my all time favourites, and a couple others (Only Shallow for instance) I just find it staggeringly dull. I've never really understood the undying obsessive love for this album.
In the context of other albums of that era, it stood out fresh like nothing else on earth. If I'd had listened to it for the first time in today's context (with all the influences it has had, and the diversity of music there is now) I can appreciate why the 'obsessive love' seems difficult to get.
It's a cliche, but you had to be there.
I'm sure it would be a massive deal. I probably first heard it... about 10 years ago now?
Its not even like I don't like drone or shoegaze (though I have my limits I guess) it just feels a bit... dated in places to be honest. The production and guitar wizardry is all very impressive, but at the basis of it I guess I'm listening it out for actually, proper songs, and they're not there for me.
I guess its just, as someone who is fundamentally a punk music (and pretty much everything that branches off from that) fan I just find Isn't Anything far more interesting.
I much prefer ambience and am well into shoegaze, drone and ambient music in general, so that's why Loveless is the natural choice for me.
and anyway, they were incredible live (everything they played) and I still "respect" Loveless as part of a band's great legacy if you know what I mean.
- it's loud as fuck
- i love the chord progressions
- the bass guitar when the drums drop out is fantastic
- it's just a great noisy pop song
why it was unreleased, i'll never know.
Hadn't even noticed the thread. CRAZY!
Like the broadest college rock aimed at 16-year-old emo kids, but in a really awesome way.
This is a cracking tune: shame it had no home on any of the remasters, as it's one of the most propulsive things they did, but also one of the sunniest. Lovely mix of sound texture and harmonies, and great bass work too. It's the track I go for to get people into MBV (long mood pieces like To Here Knows When aren't great until you're in the zone, I think).
Cover schmover, this is the choon.
Apparently played 46 times according to my last.fm. That's including a bootleg of when I saw them in Manchester June 08 when they opened with it, and we squealed it out loud endlessly on the way back into the city.
sexy as hell, and effortlessly manages to out-goth most goth bands. plus none of their other songs really sound like it.
One of their best pop, woozy, songs. And for the outro.
That or You Made Me Realise, which is still impossibly thrilling.
...because I chills even thinking about it.
Because every time I listen to Loveless, I change my mind about what the best track is as it progresses, and Soon comes on at the end to teach me a lesson in second guessing myself.
Because as far as I'm concerned, Soon is the electric guitar's epoch moment; I judge from this point on.
Because of that funky, tricksy little bassline.
Because to this day I still don't know what it means, and I love it even more fiercely.
That part where the guitars just blast in after the first few bars just takes me away...I've stood in front of my stereo in a kind of Jesus Christ pose when that comes in just to feel that rush! Who needs drugs when you have MBV?
An absolute beast of a tune.