I’ll agree that a lot of the critics were quick to jump on the hype train, especially since most reviews came out within a day or two of it being released, but even if it wasn’t quite as good as they made it out to be, I still think it’s very good.
Not so sure about other, newer shoegaze bands being dismissed if they did the same thing as I think there’s still a sense of space that’s lacking in other bands along with a different approach to similar things. i.e. the use of drum’n’bass in the last song: other shoegaze bands have done the same in the interim, but where they just use a straight d’n’b beat, Kevin used it as layered instrument in its sound vortex. I find the difference between the former example and MBV’s Wonder 2 pretty stark, with the Astrobrite example just being a lame “bury it in the mix like we do everything else in the genre” approach.
disagree on it being emotional (would say it’s a different, warmer set of emotions. Then again, I’m apparently alone in not crying to Loveless on every listen) and that it lacks melodies.