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My Bloody Valentine - "Only Shallow"

My Bloody Valentine Only Shallow

Release Type: C3
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Authored)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Female (2)

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Author Notes

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Four snare hits, and then a screaming riff. This opener immediately hits the listener with the manifesto of what this album is all about, encapsulated in its most "rocking" song that also happens to be quite accessible to new listeners. This song trudges along at a heavy, slow tempo, alternating between the heavy and noisy riff section, taking the place of a traditional chorus, and its dreamy and melodic verses sung by Bilinda Butcher. Capping it off is a beautifully hazy guitar coda.


Loveless is known primarily for its guitar textures and sound, so it's not too surprising that guitar is probably the most interesting instrument here. The main riff features slow 16th note tremolo strumming, while the verses consist of 2-note chords with a mix of 8th and 16th notes, as well as some bend-y HOPO chords here and there.


The bass part is easy but decently fun, with a cool ascending line during the main riff sections. The verses also feature a mix of 8th and 16th single notes, following a similar progression to the guitar chords.


The drum part is quite simple, consisting of a simple 8-beat on the ride cymbal with a fairly constant kick pattern. There are various easy fills thrown in throughout, as well as a few snares in between ride hits.


The vocal melody, again, is not difficult to sing, and if you enjoy the song you're naturally likely to enjoy the vocal part as well. There is a neat harmony part doing background "ooh"s as well. Note that there is no official lyric source for any of these songs, and with the album sounding the way it does, it's hard to really know what the singer is saying. While some songs had what sounded like an accurate transcription (as far as listeners can tell) on lyric sites, other songs had to be pieced together from various sources, all of which had some parts that sounded right and others that were off.


February 2, 2017

hey man i know this is pretty late, but thank you so much for uploading this! I finally got around to listening to this album and im absolutely in LOVE with it, especially this song :) so i'm incredibly happy to find out i get to play it in rock band. thank you thank you thank you! 

(Great author's notes btw. really well written definition of shoe-gaze)