Their Finest Hour
Although the apotheosis of My Bloody Valentine was complete after the release of ‘Loveless’, and the sheer number of reviews that album has attracted compared to this seems to confirm its status as the band’s most-celebrated release, I will risk going against the prevailing orthodoxy by stating that ‘Isn’t Anything’ has stood the test of time better. ‘Isn’t Anything’ retains a sharpness and clarity of songwriting which is sometimes a little absent in ‘Loveless’s’ walls of guitar effects. ‘Feed Me With Your Kiss’ pounds with brutal riffs and rhythm and ‘No More Sorry’ is a genuinely disturbing lyric about child abuse. Changes in tempo and rhythm are used to great effect on ‘Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside). Of course, the album is laden with great guitar work, heavily treated in parts such as tracks like ‘Several Girls Galore’ but on ‘Isn’t Anything’ the effect is to complement the songs rather than being the main point of the exercise. Don’t get me wrong, I really like ‘Loveless’ but still sounding fresh, original and exciting 20 years after being recorded, this is the band’s finest moment. Classic British indie music.Read full review
A cacophony of sound.
A mesh of sound interwoven with the fragile voices of Belinda and Kevin. I think this is a better lp than 'Loveless', their more well known and critically acclaimed lp. The songs are full of colour and transprt you to alush land of emptyness and despair. It floats and it is superb. 5/5/Lincoln