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My Bloody Valentine masterpiece finds worthy successor in 'mbv'

Most fans reached the acceptance stage of mourning over the lack of a third My Bloody Valentine album years ago, but then guitarist Kevin Shields announced last week that the album was days away from release, then posted “mbv” on Saturday through the band's official website.
Modified: February 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013

These last songs, culminating in the hypnotic “Wonder 2,” are testimony to Shields' unique skill at pushing sonic frontiers and creating new-level headphone trip music.

There are few precedents in music for such a lengthy gestation, and “mbv” took nearly 10 years longer than Guns N' Roses' “Chinese Democracy” to complete, but the results are far more rewarding.

We might never fully understand Shields' methods or why My Bloody Valentine took so long to create “mbv,” but that is not nearly as important as the fact that, at long last, “Loveless” has a completely worthy successor.

George Lang