"Like seeing a friend who has been away for 20 years, only to realise that the things you loved about them haven’t changed, and that being with them still makes you feel warm, happy and joyous. I expected nothing new, but so far have gained something different, but familiar, and am well pleased." Biophillic
Couldn’t agree more with that review.
It’s fun to imagine how many people spent this past weekend cooped up in their rooms spending alone time with their old loves. And how many people came into work this Monday feeling like they are 21 years younger, capable of having butterflies in your stomach (and maybe shedding a tear over something unexpectedly beautiful) once more.
I think the key to enjoying this album as a long time fan is to approach it with unconditional love. Based on the negative reviews and comments I’ve read, it seems like the only problem they had with the album was that it didn’t meet their expectations. That’s exactly where their problem lies. Why should Kevin Shields care what your expectations are? He took 21 sweet years to release a follow up album to Loveless, do you really think he gives a shit.
This is an album you will want to get personal and intimate with. I couldn’t stand listening to it in the presence of other people, as if them being there is destroying a special experience that I was supposed to be having with the music. I haven’t seen this good friend for 20 years (less than that for me because I was only 3 in 1991, but for the sake of continuing the above metaphor…), why would I want to compromise the lost time and chemistry that I share with it with other people? Maybe later, but not now; there’s a lot of catching up to do, and I’m going to relish the next week or month or however long it takes to reconnect with something that I thought would never return to my life.
I once said, after seeing My Bloody Valentine live in NYC, that “for the younger generation like me, last night’s [reunion] show was not nostalgia, it was now.” I’m glad the same goes for the band.