Loveless is the second studio album by Irish rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released on 4 November 1991 by Creation Records and in the United States by Sire Records. Preceded by the EPs Glider and Tremolo, Loveless reached number 24 on the UK Albums Chart, and was widely praised by critics for its sonic innovations. It has been widely cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.
About Loveless (album) in brief
Loveless is the second studio album by Irish rock band My Bloody Valentine. It was released on 4 November 1991 by Creation Records and in the United States by Sire Records. The band cycled through nineteen different studios and several engineers during the album’s prolonged recording, with its production cost rumoured to have reached £250,000. Preceded by the EPs Glider and Tremolo, Loveless reached number 24 on the UK Albums Chart, and was widely praised by critics for its sonic innovations. It has been widely cited by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time, a landmark work of the shoegazing subgenre, and as a significant influence on various subsequent artists. In 2012, it was reissued as a two-CD set, including remastered tracks and a previously unreleased half-inch analogue tape version, and peaked on several international charts. In 2013, LovelESS was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry. The group broke up in 1997, making Lovelless their last full-length release until m b v in 2013. The album was recorded between February 1989 and September 1991, with vocalist and guitarist Kevin Shields leading sessions and experimenting with guitar vibrato techniques, tuning systems, samplers, and meticulous production methods. After its release, Creation owner Alan McGee dropped the band from the label, as he found Shields too difficult to work with, a factor alleged to have contributed to the label’s eventual bankruptcy.
The bass was done in December 1989, and the drums in April 1990. In an interview with Select, Shields explained the nature of his recording, using the drums as an example: ‘When You Sleep You Sleep’ The band stopped recording during the summer of 1990 to tour in support of the release of the Glider EP, and stopped recording in August 1990 to support the Jesus and Mary Chain tour. When the group returned to work on the album, Moulder was the sole engineer Shields trusted to perform tasks such as micing the amplifiers; all the other credited engineers were told ‘We’re so on top of this you don’t even have to come to work’. In May 1990, My Bloody Valentines settled on Protocol in Holloway as their primary location, and work began in earnest on a second EP titled Tremolo. Like Glider, Tremolo contained a song called Here Knows that later appeared on Lo Veless. During this period, the band recorded in various studios, often spending a single day at a studio before deciding it was unsuitable. During the spring of 1990, Anjali Dutt was hired to replace Moulder, who had left to. work with the bands Shakespears Sister and Ride. When Moulder returned to the project in August 1991, he was surprised by how little work had been completed. By that point, Creation was concerned by how much the album was costing in March 1991 to work for the Jesus & Mary Chain.