M B V is My Bloody Valentine's long awaited third full-length, the band's first new album in 22 years and the eagerly anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed releases Isn't Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991). The 9-song set was produced by vocalist/guitarist Kevin Shields which he describes "sounds like what we sounded like - different but not radically different" and as being comprised of "the '96/'97 half-finished record, and then a compilation of stuff we did before that in 1993–94, and a little bit of new stuff."
"To digest 'MBV' properly it is helpful to split it into three parts. The first shares the most common ground with Loveless, particularly 'Who Sees You,' with its climbing melodies that hark back to 'Come In Alone,' wrapped in the same vice grip of distortion, reverb, compression and god knows what else.
"The second third is where the mould is broken. Whilst there is a recognizable feel that only Kevin Shields knows how to create despite the best intentions of hundreds the lazy synth-led 'Is This and Yes' has only the barest roots in their Tremolo EP, which long looked like a farewell.
"The final third screws up the formula entirely. 'In Another Way' is the albums, and perhaps the years highlight, with a verse not too dissimilar to Blonde Redhead's anthemic '23' being pulverised by Seefeel or Autechre in a forgiving mood that bleeds into a chorus that transplants the snakecharming melody of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'Gamelan' into an end of the world rave." - Contact Music
180 gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with the CD in a card wallet. This vinyl album has been recorded as an analogue album. It was recorded on 2 inch 24 track analogue tape and mixed onto half inch analogue tape and mastered with no digital processing involved.