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Artist: MY BLOODY VALENTINE
Title: ISN'T ANYTHING
Street Release Date: 06/15/1993
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Genre: ROCK/POP

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1988
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002MJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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"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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With 1991's "Loveless", My Bloody Valentine produced a landmark album that would redefine the boundaries for independent music. Yet if "Loveless" was the "Revolver" of the early 1990's, then "Isn't Anything" was the band's "Rubber Soul"- the moment when the band took the game to the next level of sophistication, setting themselves another notch above the competition. This album, judged by the production values of 1988, was the great leap forward. The melodies are lush and beautiful but you have to go searching for them in the opiate fuzz of the shimmering layers of guitar noise. It is well worth the effort. The interplay of melody of distortion on this record is what makes this record so rewarding. The sweetness of the best tunes finds its perfect counterpoint in the drone and fuzz of the guitars. The mix of acidity and sweetness is just right here- a feature that is oddly reminiscent of the other great alternative album from 1988, Sonic Youth's "Daydream Nation". Whilst My Bloody Valentine would raise their art one step higher with "You Made Me Realise" later in the year, they were already on the heights with this release. Buy this record, one of the best of the late 1980's and retire to a hazy, fuzzy, bittersweet nirvana.
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