The album was recorded between February and Septemberwith vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields leading sessions and experimenting with guitar tremolo techniques, tuning systemssamplersand meticulous production methods. Preceded by the I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless Glider and TremoloLoveless peaked at number 24 on the UK Albums Chartand was widely praised by critics for its sonic innovations and Shields' "virtual Alma Gluck - Louise Homer* - Rock Of Ages (Shellac) of the guitar".
My Bloody Valentine struggled to record a follow-up to the album and broke up inmaking Loveless their last full-length release until m b I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless in Since its release, Loveless has been widely cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of the s, a landmark work of the shoegazing subgenre, and as a significant influence on various subsequent artists.
Init was reissued as a two-CD set, including remastered tracks and a previously unreleased half-inch analogue tape version, and peaked on I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless international charts.
InLoveless was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry. My Bloody Valentine were scheduled to record at Blackwing Studios in SouthwarkLondon for Februaryand intended to conceptualise a new, more studio-based sound for their second album. According to Shields, "when it became clear that wasn't going to happen, they freaked".
In-house engineer Nick Robbins said Shields made it clear from the outset that Robbins "was just there to press the buttons". Robbins was quickly replaced by Harold Burgon, but according to I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless , Burgon's main contribution was to show the group how to use the in-studio computer.
Shields said of Moulder, "As soon as we worked with him we realized we'd love to some more! During the spring ofAnjali Dutt was hired to replace Moulder, who had left to work with the bands Shakespears Sister and Ride. Dutt assisted in the recording of vocals and several guitar tracks.
In MayMy Bloody Valentine settled on Protocol in Holloway as their primary location, and work began in earnest on the album, as well as a second EP titled Tremolo. The band stopped recording during the summer of to tour in support of the release of Glider.
By that point, Creation was concerned by how much the album was costing. We recorded the drums in September ' The guitar was done in December. The bass was done in April.
Then nothing happens for a year really. It has a song number. And… I'm trying to remember… the melody line was done in ' The vocals were ' There were huge gaps though. Months and months of not touching songs. I used to forget what tunings I'd used. The vocals were taped in Britannia Row and Protocol studios between May and Junethe first time vocalist Bilinda Butcher was involved in the recording. Shields and Butcher hung curtains on the window between the studio control room and the vocal booth, and communicated with the engineers only when they would acknowledge a good take by opening the curtain and waving.
According to engineer Guy Fixsen"We weren't allowed to listen while either of them were doing a vocal. You'd have to watch the meters on the tape Tango - Egberto Gismonti - Dança Das Cabeças to see if anyone was singing. If it stopped, you knew you had to stop the tape and take it back to the top. Dutt recalled: "Kevin would sing a track, and then Bilinda would get the tape and write down words she thought he might have sung".
In JulyCreation agreed to relocate the production to Eastcote studio, following unexplained complaints from Shields. However, the cash-poor Creation Records was unable to pay the bill for their time at Britannia Row, and the studio refused to return the band's equipment.
Dutt recalled, "I don't know what excuse Kevin gave them for leaving. He had to raise the money himself to get the gear out. Dutt later said he had been desperate to leave the project, while Creation's second-in-command Dick Green had a nervous breakdown. Green recalled, "It was two years into the album, and I phoned Shields up in tears. I was going 'You have to deliver me this record'. Shields and Butcher became afflicted with tinnitusand had to delay recording for further weeks while they recovered.
Concerned friends and band members suggested this was a result of the unusually loud volumes the group played at their shows, which Shields dismissed as "Ill-informed hysteria. Publicist Laurence Verfaillie, aware of the label's inability to cover further studio bills, recalled Green's hair turning grey overnight, which she attributed to the album. With the vocal tracks completed, Schrebergarten - .Wie Ein Bär final mix of the album was undertaken with engineers Dick Meaney the Jesus and Mary Chain and I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless Allison Spiritualized at the Church in Crouch End  the nineteenth studio in which Loveless had been worked on.
Shields was able to put it back together from memory, but took thirteen days to master the album rather than the usual one, to Creation's dismay.
As the previously prolific band were I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless quiet, the British music press began to speculate. Shields argued that the estimated cost and Creation's near-bankruptcy were a myth exaggerated by McGee. According to Shields, "the amount we spent nobody knows because we never counted. But we worked it out ourselves just by working out how much the studios cost and how much all the engineers cost.
He also claimed that the album represented only four months' work over two years. They never showed us any accounts, and then they got bought out by Sony. While Butcher contributed about a third of its lyrics,  most of the music on Loveless Believe, Beleft, Below - E.S.T.
- Seven Days Of Falling written and performed by Shields; according to Shields, he is the only musician on the album apart from "Touched". Bassist Debbie Googe did not perform on the album, though she received a credit. Googe said, "At the beginning I used to go down [to the studio] most days but after a while I began to feel pretty superfluous so I went down less.
Kevin had a clear view of what he wanted, but he never I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless it. Loveless was largely recorded in mono sound,  as Shields felt it important that the album's sound consisted of "the guitar smack bang in the middle and no chorus, no modulation effect". Shields aimed to use "very simple minimal effects" which often were the result of involved studio work. He stated, "The songs are really simply structured.
A lot of them are purposely like that. That way you can get away with a lot more when you mess around with the contents. After recording the track, he bounced it to another track through a parametric equaliser while he adjusted the EQ levels manually. Asked if he could have achieved the effect more easily using a wah-wah pedal, Shields said, "In attitude toward sound, yes. But not in approach. We learnt from guitar feedback, with lots of distortion, that you can make any instrument, any one that you can imagine.
The vocals, handled jointly by Shields and Butcher, are kept relatively low in the mix, and are for the most part highly pitched. Shields Slippery People - Talking Heads - In Concert (DVD) that "The vocals sound like that because it became boring and too destructive trying to get the right vocal. So I decided to Star Or Red - Annathema - Dont Go Down all the vocals in.
It had been sung 12 or 13 times. On "When You Sleep" it sounds like me and Bilinda singing together, but it's just me — me slowed down and me speeded up at the same time. Some songs we sang over and over until we got bored — usually between 12 and 18 times.
I started sorting through the tapes and it did my head in, so I just played them all together and it was really good — like one, vaguely distinct voice. The lyrics are deliberately obscure; Shields joked that he considered rating various attempts to decipher the words on the band's website according to accuracy.
The words were often written in late-night eight- to ten-hour-long sessions before the pair were due to record the vocals. They worked diligently to ensure the lyrics were not lackluster, but made few changes; Shields said, "There's nothing worse than bad lyrics. After the album's release, My Bloody Valentine band toured Europe, an event music critic David Cavanagh described as a "unique chapter in live music.
According to a friend of the band, "She had a little skirt on, black tights But when she blew into the flute, it was I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless fucking Woodstock. The tour became infamous for its volume. NME editor Danny Kelly attended a show he described as "more like torture than entertainment I had a half pint of lager; they hit their first note and it was so loud that it sent the glass hurtling". According to critic Mark Kemp ; "After about thirty seconds the adrenaline set in, people are screaming and shaking their fists.
After a minute you wonder what's going on. After another minute it's total confusion. The noise starts hurting. The noise continues. After three minutes you begin to take deep breaths.
After four minutes, a calm takes over. In DecemberMojo rated the tour the second loudest in history. Despite expectations for the band to break through in the wake of the critical success of Loveless they fell apart soon after and recorded only sporadically in the following two decades. Unable to deliver a third album, Shields isolated himself and "went crazy", drawing comparisons in the music press to the behavior of musicians such as Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd.
Shields recorded new music in his home studio, but abandoned it. It was dead. It hadn't got that spirit, that life in it. And I always promised myself I'd never do that, put out a worse record. Although Shields feared a critical panning,  reviews of Loveless were almost unanimously favourable. Though 'To Here Knows When' is pretty well the weirdest I Only Said - My Bloody Valentine - Loveless of the eleven, that glorious distortion gives a fair signal of what to expect — the unexpected.
Everything you hear confounds your idea of how a pop song should be played, arranged and produced. All in all, Loveless amounts to a virtual reinvention of the guitar.
Loveless oozes a sonic balm that first embraces and then softly pulverizes the frantic stress of life. The warped music is a cool idea and I recommend the album—but not on the basis of the singing or the songs.
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