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It seems odd to talk of this new My Bloody Valentine album as the follow-up to their groundbreaking 1991 masterpiece Loveless.
The fact that their unique dreamscapes have yet to be imitated with any success by the countless hordes of shoegazing groups they've influenced over the years is an indication of the singular nature of their music.
Hazy digital reverbs and a drifting ambience, with Blinda Butcher's equally drifting vocals and the guitar distortion of main man and eternal perfectionist Kevin Shields, are all instantly recognisable on MBV - only the group's third album.
It was about time they showed the rest how to do it properly. Much of the album could be lifted from Loveless including opener She Found Now, which pretty much sets the tone for what follows.
Some things don't change with the passing of time and MBV could quite easily inspire a new generation of shoegazers.