EPs 1988-1991

This two-disc reissue (with bonus tracks) covers the incremental steps, in pained-pop song and wraparound guitar distortion that My Bloody Valentine took to the violent and defining rapture of their only studio albums so far, 1988's Isn't Anything and 1991's Loveless (also reissued). The succinctness of the EP format suited the British quartet's experimental ardor. The white noise rain in "You Made Me Realise" is shocking in its brevity here – a bracing tease of the howling extended extremes it would take onstage – while "Honey Power," from '91, is a concise, gripping contradiction of Bilinda Butcher's sweet-wind voice and the pissed-off elephant groan of Kevin Shields' guitar.

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From The Archives Issue 1159: June 21, 2012