Artist: My Bloody Valentine
Title: “Isn’t Anything”
My Bloody Valentine’s “MBV” was one of 2013′s best albums and the group’s first in 22 years, so going back to revisit this pre-”Loveless” effort seemed like a good call.
While “Loveless” is considered a must-own title for shoegaze enthusiasts, “Isn’t Anything” built a respectable reputation of its own in the nearly 25 years since its release.
The comparisons to “Loveless” are unfair, but also unavoidable.
“All I Need” is a pitch-perfect primer for the Irish group’s follow up to “Isn’t Anything.” The icy drone of “Lose My Breath” has chilling, harmonized coos that deliver shivers.
But “Isn’t Anything” has more foot holds, too. “Nothing Much to Lose” is a cagey beast, suddenly lurching from one tempo to another, becoming a shredding stream of noise.
The record ends with the tuneful “I Can See It (But I Can’t Feel It),” which offers much more of a sense of rhythm than the textural landscapes of “Loveless.”
“(When You Wake) You’re Still in a Dream” is a scuzzy mess compared to the sheets of guitar rain on “Loveless.”
“Isn’t Anything” offers listeners a few more places to grab onto that “Loveless” does not, but is more than just a workout routine.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.