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  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LRJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (458 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only Shallow
2. Loomer
3. Touched
4. To Here Knows When
5. When You Sleep
6. I Only Said
7. Come In Alone
8. Sometimes
9. Blown A Wish
10. What You Want
11. Soon

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My Bloody Valentine's entire career has been aiming toward the perfect guitar noise that Kevin Shields has in his head: a pure, warm, androgynous but deeply sexual rush of sound. Loveless is overwhelming, with Shields and Bilinda Butcher's guitars and voices blending into each other until they become a distant orchestra, the rhythm section striding in majestic lockstep, and occasional bursts of dance rhythms (as on the single "Soon") buoying the live instruments' warp and drift. Furiously loud but seductive rather than aggressive, the album flows like a lava stream from one track into another, subsuming everything in the mix into its blissful roar, and pulsing like a lover's body. --Douglas Wolk

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The best way to listen (get) this album is on headphones.
Scientific K
I feel like I just read a review of The White Album that ends with "well, Lennon you know, he was no Billy Ocean".
WilliamL
Every song is amazing, sound meets noise and the result is an unique masterpiece!
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215 of 221 people found the following review helpful By D. W WISELY on April 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm an unlikely admirer of this record. 51 years old. Taking Lipitor. Bifocals. But, I've spent the last two years or so listening to this CD at least once a week. It's also an unlikely CD to admire. Perfectly reasonable people with refined tastes can be bewildered, even frightened by it. It breaks most of the rules that are supposed to apply to rock music. Brian Eno famously referred to the "vagueness" of the music and that's dead right. But, all I can say is that it magically finds some system in my brain that I have in common with lizards and plays it like a cheap guitar. It's wonderful.
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573 of 639 people found the following review helpful By Heaven_17 on November 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Where does one begin when it comes to describing this landmark album? Let's start with the general aesthetic. Imagine an album full of variations upon "Tomorrow Never Knows" via Sonic Youth and you might get an idea of what My Bloody Valentine is all about. Add some post-coital, halcyon-dazed vocals to the mix, warp the guitar sound with a healthy dose of gamma radiation and you've got yerself the best guitar album since Television's "Marquee Moon" hit in the mid-'70s. "Loveless" is one of those rare albums that managed to transcend its influences. In 1991, it was a distinct and compelling force within the incredibly stale medium of guitar rock. Guess what? It's still just as jaw-droppingly good twelve years down the road.
Now, some of you might be convinced that an album that has garnered God knows how many "*****" reviews must be the most amazing thing ever committed to tape. Well...hold on a sec. Yes, this is an incredible, peerless work by a truly gifted set of musicians, but it ain't fer everybody. If you go in to this record "unprepared", then it will undoubtedly leave you cold with the distinct aftertaste of hype lingering in your ears. So, with that in mind, here's a list of things you should know before you drop some hard-earned coin on the vaunted "Loveless":
-Musos beware! This band doesn't "do" ornate, baroque, "theory-happy", guitar-technique rock. You won't find any "fretboard fireworks", constantly shifting time signatures, "bitchin' licks" or any other "musical feats of athleticism" on this album. If you don't think that music can be impressive or innovative without any prog-rock/virtuoso wanking, then this ain't the album for you.
-If you don't "get it", then don't worry about it. This album isn't for everyone.
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67 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Richard Connor on June 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I decided to buy this album from all the good things that I had read about it, like its appearance in the top 50 albums of the last fifteen years in Q magazine and its placing of 65 in Colin Larkin's all-time top 1000 albums book in 2000. I noticed that it wasn't that well known but it was talked about as a masterpiece by many people. I found words like 'soundscapes' and 'dream pop' very alluring. It sounded like music I could really dive into. However, every review I read seemed to agree about one thing-this music wasn't normal. It was strange, and it was different.
From the opening drums and that blistering, interstellar riff of 'Only Shallow', I knew that Loveless was going to be something different. I liked that song, but I couldn't find anything else nearly as good as the album went on. Why was the tune of 'Loomer' hidden behind an unrelenting wall of sound? As for 'Touched' and 'To Here Knows When', blimey, I'd never heard anything like it in my life. Was it a joke? Why would a band wreck their own songs like that and then release them? The droning, warped strings of both songs were unbearable. I also singled out 'What You Want' for a grinding riff that sounded like a particularly amateur teenage grunge band practising in a garage. I liked the ambient interludes between songs, though.
For a while I thought the only reason that the album was acclaimed was because it was different and original. However I thought this was irrelevant as the songs were just much too dense and the album as a whole was a mess.
For some unexplained reason, though, I just couldn't leave the album alone. There was some part of me that knew there was hidden depths to this album, and how. In the beginning I just kept listening to 'Only Shallow' but little by little the songs seeped into my consiousness.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By edwin on March 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i still have issues with this album, and it's really too much to listen to more than a couple times a week. but i discovered one night that to really appreciate this album, you have to let go. it's like looking at one of those "magic eye" pictures. if you try to focus on the music, there's nothing there. listen to this album on headphones in complete darkness...right before you go to sleep, or whenever you're feeling extremely tired and your brain is fuzzy. the reward for being able to let go, is a sudden control like i haven't had with any other music. i feel like i am nearly hallucinating while listening. the best way to describe the feeling is being inside a three-dimensional impressionist painting (a very abstract Monet) that you are climbing around in. it's warm and humid, but not too much so. and it's constantly changing. and there's so much to the music that you feel like you have control over what you're seeing.

good luck...
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The music store I work for has it listed for 7/7/09, at the price point of 29.99. It could be due to being reissued on a different record label? I know the original 'Loveless' was on a subsidiary of Warner, Creation I think, and this new one is either on Universal or Capitol (Polydor).
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