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Starting with a positive review from BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fq3q
people of dis, take a collective deep breath, and calm the fuck down
its an album, not even a classic for reasons other then it took a while. Stop geeking out over it and stop paying pointless threads
so shut up about it, alreet
enough of this madness. its an album. Stop geeking out over, take a collective deep breath, and stop paying pointless threads. enough of this madness. not even a classic for reasons.
calm the fuck down Yesiamaduck.
Nobody is calming down, anywhere.
which isn't surprising considering they haven't really spent much time with the record yet, it shows that they're still pretty unsure about what they're reviewing. Kinda throws credibility out the window a bit.
So far the album got good ratings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MBV_(album)
they just seem really rushed and uninteresting. Don't really say a whole lot that hasn't been said on these forums already.
They're all along the lines of:
1. Hasn't it been a long time?
2. They're never going to live up to Loveless!
3. The first three sound like Loveless
4. The second three are a slight variation (ooh look, no guitars, ooh look, the most poppy thing they've ever done)
5. The last three are futuresville and where we hope they go
I'm only on three listens, and liking it - it certainly encourages me to relisten, and I'm surprised that New You is such an earworm. I think some of the reviewers may have gone too far with their praise - it's like they've missed out a lot of the invention and development of the last 20 years or something.
I do agree that STILL nobody else really sounds like them. there are lots of shoegaze bands, but none of them have that woozy intensity that MBV have. I think Lilys got closest a long time back.
which is a lot better for something like this, imo.
but it doesn't pretend to be an be-all-end-all kind of review, just a "first 24 hours impression" kinda thing, so it works in that respect. A lot of websites have passed off judgement on the album only having listened to it for maybe about a day, and there's no way you can come to a reliable conclusion about it while still being caught up in the hype. And it shows in the quality of the writing and in the lack of variation in review style. As funkycow said above, they all say basically the same, unimaginative things with little depth at all.
Yeah, we're holding off for maybe a month to run a proper review. Let it really sink in. Think Dom might do a 7 days with... next week too. Keep 'em peeled.
It'll be interesting to see what people think of it then, after the initial gloss has worn off. I look forward to reading it!
but everytime I scan my cursor over it... I think... ah, I could listen to something fun instead.
Tracks are a lot more dancey than Loveless, songs like If I Am are really uplifting and groovy. Can I refer to something as groovy and not sound tragic? I don't know if I can.
A bit of patience is required.
this group of 4 songs - Is This and Yes, If I Am, New You, In Another Way - is the most accessible IMO. Focus on few songs and then move to the next ones.
It's pretty bloody difficult to recapture that youthful excitement. But jaded cynicism has it rewards toom, dammit!
It would be very difficult for m b v to capture a feeling that for a lot of us reflected burgeoning interest in music in our youth. I was coming into it from Depeche Mode or the Cure as a starter, and that's a world apart.
Clearly m b v can't be a game changer now as Loveless was then because music seems to have diversified so much in the last 20 years.
What even counts as 'experimental' today? I know when I read that in any mainstream review, I'm normally very disappointed when I listen to the record they're reviewing. Mashed potato is experimental if your only experience of potatoes is chips. Otherwise, it's just mashed potato.
who really knows how much milk and butter to add?
"the innovator has become the imitator".
‘She Found Now’ is an urgently contemporary disco number which proves that even in middle age Shields remains the incontestable queen of the dance floor.
Yes. It's the best song from m b v.
easily the best written one I've seen so far
Seeing as this is a thread about reviews, I’ll nerd out a little: I like the write-up, but as is the case with a lot of Pitchfork reviews (imo etc), it lacks the necessary breathlessness to justify its thoroughness and leaves the writer’s gut-level emotional and physical responses too dimly implied. The correct approach to this record is somewhere between Mark Richardson and Alexis Petridis’s reviews, although I enjoyed reading both.
Listening to Who Sees You at the moment, I can see the pensive gloom they're talking about - almost oppressive like Tim Hecker's Ravedeath.
my favourite is tomorrow only her
but their song titles have always been rubbish.
that he spent the last 20 years thinking of them
Finally! Everyone can now buy the album!!
I didn't know they were releasing anything (not at this time anyway, I knew it was in the pipeline), so if some record reviewer was on holiday their boss could just send a pile of records and say "review these". Give it a fake name and see what they think. Probably that it is a shameless ripoff of MBV I suppose, but then Ringo Deathstarr didn't seem to do too badly out of that.
and then we could see if anyone could tell the review apart from any other reviews. "Yeah, they've been away for ages, but they're back now and sound kinda the same but different". Might do it myself, actually.
Though fairly controversial on the last two tracks being 'tedious'.
if you chose the mp3 format it seems like if you log in and re download them they are not the transcodes anymore
Good rating, not a fan of the review though.
Although I'm sure it's gonna be a while before I actually get it done, I've listened to it a bunch of times and still haven't really got a grasp on it. It's certainly the least immediate thing they've ever done.
They liked it.
Very unlike Wire to pay attention to anything with any sort of hype surrounding it.