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Thursday
Jun142012

MY BLOODY VALENTINE - EPs 1988-1991 / Isn't Anything (remaster) / Loveless (2CD remaster)

Yes, they're finally out after years of delays, sounding great and looking sharp in spartan, stylishly oversized digipacks.

Collecting so many long-unavailable tracks, the EPs collection has understandably been the strongest seller here so far, and Loveless of course remains an untouchable, era-defining piece of avant-pop, but fresh listens to Isn't Anything reveal it to have been equally influential in its own earlier way, especially among the likes of such beloved '90s East Coasters as Sloan and Eric's Trip.    

"For years now, My Bloody Valentine's main creative force, Kevin Shields, has been promising to remaster and reissue Isn't Anything, Loveless, and four contemporaneous EPs—which is an event MBV fans have been eagerly anticipating, if not exactly expecting. Since Loveless came out, Shields has been stingy both with new material and old. Contrary to perception, though, he hasn't been a recluse. He's given interviews, collaborated with other musicians on their projects, and even reunited with My Bloody Valentine for a brief tour and a couple of compilation tracks. But he's also reportedly recorded two or three albums' worth of new MBV material that he’s chosen not to release. And then there's the matter of these reissues, which were announced so long ago that their persistent absence has been a running joke, in the great rock ’n’ roll tradition of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy and Neil Young's Archives. 

But Chinese Democracy and Archives eventually did come out, and now so have the My Bloody Valentine remasters." - A.V. Club

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