MY BLOODY VALENTINE – “EP’s 1988 – 1991” (REWIG162D) March 2021
EP’s 1988-1991 and rare tracks My Bloody Valentine’s four EPs, wherein many of their devoted fans’ favourite music lies. “You Made Me Realise” and “Feed Me With Your Kiss” both preceded the band’s debut album in 1988 in quick succession. In the gap between “Isn’t Anything” and “Loveless”, the band released two further EPs; Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991).
I came to My Bloody Valentine completely oblivious to their sound, although I did play their promo video for the track “You Made Me Realise” a few weeks ago. I have never previously bought any of their records and only recently conducted some online research and read about the band in music magazines I have in my archives.
Everything I’ve read about them is open-armed gushing. It seems that they’re rated highly in every music publication, fans around the world have frothed out of their mouths in admiration for My Bloody Valentine at every opportunity during their DIY YouTube videos.
It goes without saying that I became most interested and wanted to experience their sound for myself. That being said, I bought this 2CD set which compiles their rare and now expensive to buy singles / 12″ EP’s from the late eighties and nineties. What would I think? Would I get any sonic kicks?
The resounding answer is NO. Almost everything on here is tuneless noise, buried in flange and tremelo. Waves and waves of battering, unpleasant indulgence on the fuzz and distortion pedals. They can be filed under a band who ‘write‘ songs but CAN’T write songs, if you know what I mean. They’re BEYOND over-rated in every way.
It’s difficult to hear any melodies or harmonies amongst the layered guitars and processed drum beats. The male vocals are flat, lifeless and awash with double-tracked groans. A band can be as noisy as they want but it seems that My Bloody Valentine have to do this in order to disguise their lack of any meaningful tunes. There is no soul here, the numbers are vacuous shells of nothingness.
This CD goes straight on the pile I’ve got to sell on eBay.