|My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991)|
As I put quill to parchment and started formulating ideas for music album reviews, thoughts went through my mind - what of my favourite artists' work shall I review first, and what score shall I give them. I have just remembered the whole reason for a rating system, and that is to assess and evaluate the quality of music - all music, of all quality.
Of course, there are different ways to perceive and digest music, - music is social, music is reclusive. Music is what the listener wants it to be. As I have stated in past reviews, I believe there is an objective standard to music, but we all have our own subjective opinions on what that standard is.
I gave Mozart's Requiem a 10.0 in my very first written review and in a sense, it has become the measuring stick. So I asked myself, what about the other end of the spectrum? What is a 0.0 album? The answer came to me instantly, and that was My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. If Requiem is a 10.0 for it's ability to transcend the listener to a state of Godliness and illumination, then Loveless is the antithesis to Mozart's divine work, music that is symbolic of soullessness and spiritual decay.
The worst thing I can say about Loveless is that it causes confusion when I listen to it. There is other such music that can cause confusion, such as free jazz - but free jazz has a context for its existence, a derivative of bop and modal jazz, and is often played with talented musicianship. It breaks the structure, but only after fully learning it. Loveless breaks the structure of music but has no context for it's disgust. An amalgamation of repulsive sounds that serves only to cause agitation in the listener with its unpleasant cognitive effects.
Even the term 'Shoegaze' that is related to Loveless and surrounding music, I question as to its effect on the listener, as much as the music itself. Shoegaze, gazing at one's shoes - it gives connotations of weakness and shyness, discouraging anyone who may be caught up in the pied piper's obscene melody to live a life opposite to that of a real man or woman.
I could go on, but to do so would be futile. Loveless, simply put, is pure fucking dogshit. The sad part is, many people enjoy the taste of this blend of dogshit.