Loveless remains an enigma, 15 years after its release - an album so influential and groundbreaking that its chief creator, Kevin Shields, has been unable or unwilling to release an official follow-up. In his book, Mike McGonigal talks to all the members of My Bloody Valentine, in an almost certainly futile attempt to get at the essence of this extraordinary record.
Brand: Continuum International Publishing
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A mesmerizing record such as My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" deserves a far better chronicling than Mike McGonigal's entry to the "33 1/3" series. With so much time, money, and effort having gone into the writing and recording of the album discussed herein, one would think that a fan or aficionado of said piece might deserve substantially more than a few personal anecdotes strung together with some text gleaned from "soft-ball question" interviews. One would, apparently, be wrong.
McGonigal's major folly has been duly noted in several user reviews on this site that appeared prior to this one; if I'm not mistaken, the headline below mine screams, "Too much McGonigal, not enough MBV." That's a pretty succinct summation. To be more specific, though, this book reads like a report written by an over-enthusiastic high-school senior who has just discovered the work of Lester Bangs, and it's pretty obvious that the author of this piece is excited to be writing something that he...
I first pre-ordered this book several years ago. The fact that like the real album, it's release was delayed for literally years played out almost like a quaint homage to the album.
I also really enjoyed the book, but not for the reasons I usually enjoy this series. The book does have a lot of McGonigal's personal anecdotes, but I was able to look past those, because he made a damn good effort to speak to every member of the band (3 of 4 are represented in the text), people from the Creation lable, engineers, management and friends. Primary interviews make a world of difference -- why speculate about Kevin Shield's state of mind when you can ask him? Few authors in this series have gone the extra mile to deliver points of view from so many people involved with the album in question.
I also enjoyed getting what I consider the first real response from Shields about the huge cost and time consumption of Loveless -- even if he's wrong, it at least balances out...
Like many others, I was really excited when I found out the excellent 33 1/3 series was doing a book on Loveless. I have been a fan for years, and still count it high on my list of best albums of all time. There is some good info in this book, but the author comes across as relatively annoying in his presentation. The book is badly organized, even ending with a chapter about an unrelated band!
In the book McGonigal even mentions that it had to be rewritten because MBV's Kevin Shields disagreed with the first version of it.
If you love the album, you will think the book is OK. Just be ready to ignore the author occasionally.
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