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Isn't Anything

My Bloody ValentineAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002MJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)
2. Lose My Breath
3. Cupid Come
4. (When You Wake) You're Still In A Dream
5. No More Sorry
6. All I Need
7. Feed Me With Your Kiss
8. Sueisfine
9. Several Girls Galore
10. You Never Should
11. Nothing Much To Lose
12. I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)

Editorial Reviews

Three years before 1991's Loveless, My Bloody Valentine's masterwork of impossibly dense soundscapes, the Dublin quartet offered some fairly affecting dream pop on its first full-length album, Isn't Anything. Both worthy of Creation's "shoe-gazing" heritage and skewed enough to stand up next to pre-grunge guitar bands like Sonic Youth and the Pixies, the record makes the most of a group that hadn't yet found its bearings. And at its best, Isn't Anything hints at how great it will be when their sonic discoveries are finally honed. --Roni Sarig

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pupating genius is genius nonetheless." October 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
It would be far too easy for me to simply slap this album with a 4 and a half star rating, state, "this isn't Loveless," and call it a day, but instead, I'm choosing to review this (outstanding) album as if the monumental, phenomenal, perhaps-best-album-ever Loveless was never created.

The humbly titled Isn't Anything is one of the most underrated and tragically ignored albums ever. I would say that it's easily among the top 25 albums of the 80s, but hardly anyone has a strong opinion on it. It has become massively influential throughout the alternative/indie world, but never duplicated.

Looking at the cover art and song titles like "Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)," you're given a clue as to how the album sounds: distant, distorted, and dreamy. The song craft is strong, the vocals are ethereal, and the guitars are deliciously, noisily lush. Listening to the sound samples on Amazon does no justice to this album, for it is far better experienced on headphones during a sweltering summer day or a bitterly frigid winter night.

In my humblest opinion, Isn't Anything is certainly essential.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in its own right June 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I don't usually take issue with Amazon's editorial reviews, but Roni Sarig makes two big blunders. First, he calls Isn't Anything "worthy of Creation [Records]'s 'shoe-gazing' heritage." Before this album, there was no such "heritage." This album created such a buzz in the UK, Creation used its producers and sound engineers to make pop bands like Lush and Ride sound as much like this record as possible ... this was the album that set off the shoegazer movement. Despite those efforts, though, no one ever managed to create an album that sounded just like this, not even MBV's follow-up. Second, Sarig and many other reviewers seem to think Isn't Anything is merely a step towards greatness. This album does not have the insane, orchestral density of Loveless, but for that reason it's able to deliver a much wider variety of pleasures. The bass-driven stop-start of "Soft as Snow," the relentless guitar attack of "Feed Me With Your Kiss," the pairing of quavering tremelo and creepy, childlike vocals of "No More Sorry" ... each of these tracks is a perfect, unique jewel. You can hear many of the tools Kevin Shields and his band would use to construct Loveless, but in a more spare arrangement that allows you to hear each element much more clearly. Many tracks make dramatic use of silence, something MBV never did later in their career. You can also hear the band flatout rock. You can't call "Feed Me," "You Never Should" or "Sueisfine" "dream pop" ... they're pure adrenaline. This is, to be sure, a more conventional rock album than Loveless, but it still sounds like nothing else. If it came out today, we'd be falling all over ourselves to praise it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars While Sonic Youth were busy daydreaming ... September 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Isn't Anything" is different. Different from what? - "Loveless" of course, but it's hard to pinpoint where in why it is different. These are the exact same people playing and singing, the same label. Budgets are considerably lower, i guess; especially in the case of MBV it could mean that the record is terrible, but it is not - it is just very very different. To a "Loveless"-trained ear (and there are a lot of "Loveless"-trained ears) it will sound very atonal. But the scariest thing is that it sounds very atonal even to a Sonic Youth-trained ear! Trust me, i own almost all of the SY back catalogue (plus even weirder extras...) and i considered shelving "Isn't Anything" after the first listen. I was afraid of listening to it again for two weeks, but when i finally did - gorgeousness! - i understood that it is a work of genius and not a miserable debut of a clueless young band, as i thought at first. Granted, it may sound very un-ripe at times, but compared to Loveless what won't?
The highlights are "Lose My Breath" that starts with out-of-tune guitars and ends with quite literally breathtaking "ooh-ooh-ooh-oooooooh"'s ("Blown a Wish" comes to mind) and "Sueisfine" which sounds like something that Sonic Youth recorded for "EVOL", but deleted because Steve Shelley was drunk.
Important remark - unlike "LL" which is a very speakers-oriented record, "Isn't Anything" is much better in headphones.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, that was dreamy. February 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am one of the few who believe that "Isn't Anything" is leagues better than "Loveless". This is one of my favorite albums; therefore, it's one of the few albums I've actually purchased. "Isn't Anything" isn't really one of the most uplifting albums of all time, but it is undoubtedly original and I might even add, influencial.

The lyrics are beautiful and heartfelt, the vocals are what really makes the album so dreamy. Kevin Shield's voice is like a blur, and I don't even know what a blur sounds like.

"No More Sorry" is what really made the album for me, personally, it just flows very well. This isn't really an album you'd want to just listen to the drumsticks hit the drums and the pics hit the guitar, no, you should concentrate very hard on the lyrics. Maybe, you'll even pick up the messege 'My Bloody Valentine' are trying to send across. Of course though, that's a different messege for everyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Sound
Great collection of tunes, underestimated group.
Published 1 month ago by V. Jewell
5.0 out of 5 stars this actually might be better than loveless
i was actually surprised. this actually might be better than loveless.
Published 1 month ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars makes more sense post Loveless
this could easily be Kevin's judgment over what happened in 91 and. 92.
it sounds that way.
but it's From 1988 .
soft like snow but warm inside. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SFNico
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Listen to before Loveless!!
After hearing a poor quality mp3 of 'lose my breath' (john peel version) show up regularly on a PSP playlist I have, I had to find the LP version. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charles Hendricks
5.0 out of 5 stars The real beginning of Shoegaze...
This is the recording that started Shoegaze and it is the sound you hear in all of the present day Shoegaze bands and all that came after MBV. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Graduate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Stand-alone album review here. The only reason to weigh this against Loveless would be if it came after, and one wanted to know if they remained inspired, but it did not come... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Nathaniel Blackwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Call This A Dry Run
Sounding as if fragments of crystal were being levitated into the air and whirled around to resonate at a high frequency, "All I Need", the fifth track from "Isn't Anything" owes a... Read more
Published on June 10, 2011 by kabalabonga
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst crap ever...
This is the worst crap ever. No talent, no ideas...just noise. No melody, not even a mood...just children playing around on electric instruments without a clue. Read more
Published on February 11, 2009 by Larry Butterton
4.0 out of 5 stars The new remastered version will probably NOT be released
EDIT: the release date for this CD has yet been postponed to January 2011. The remastered release was initially scheduled for summer 2008, thus almost three years ago. Read more
Published on December 27, 2008 by asturiaz
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for average Joe/Jane!
So I love "Loveless" and so decided to add some more MBV to my collection. And seeing that this album got the same ratings as "Loveless" I went for it - sadly, without listening... Read more
Published on September 13, 2008 by Matthew Lohrentz
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