16. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
Release date: February 2 Highlights: "New You," "She Found Now"
Of all the bands that have reunited and made new music recently, Kevin Shields' shoegaze explorers My Bloody Valentine could well have had the hardest task, following up their seminal 1991 LP Loveless after being on what most fans thought was an indefinite hiatus. The very fact that such a well-loved and respected band have reunited at all can sometimes lead to sentimental or overly kind reviews of less than impressive music, but that's certainly not the case for m b v, a sweeping, stunning, weird and wholly satisfying record. This is music that feels meticulously produced and arranged with every layer of processed guitar, every hushed vocal, and every rumble of distorted bass telling a story or providing context to the incredibly impressive nine track whole.—Constant Gardner