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All Is Dream

9 Nov 2001

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  • Original Release Date: 9 Nov 2001
  • Label: Excelsior Melodies
  • Copyright: 2011 Canaveral Pictures Inc.
  • Total Length: 49:42
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  • ASIN: B00ANXLLXY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FaceOmeter on 6 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
i can understand crtisism of this album in lieu of deserter's songs, as it's obviously not everyone's cup of tea, but it's certainly *my* cup of tea. besides the obvious attractions of songs like "the dark is rising" and "nite and fog", "chains" is outstanding, and "spiders and flies" to "hercules" is possibly the best ending to an album ever. all the songs are excellent however.
the videos on the special edition's bonus cd aren't fantastic (nothing wrong with them either), but it is definately worth getting it just for the three live tracks, especially "the saw song" which is absolutely brilliant.
in short, a good band release a good album which you should buy. now.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
The word I think is most often associated with Mercury Rev is "ethereal". Yet, I can't think of a better word to describe them, they have this elusive, enchanting aura about them, which just makes you want to listen.
This album is easily in my Top 3 albums of 2001, and Lincoln's Eyes is probably my favourite track of this year, it is absolutely, indescribably beautful. Transcendent vocals, searing strings, pondering pianos, all wrapped up in a convincing, yet mysterious package, which is caoted with an air of wistfulness and melancholy.
It is rare to find an album on which I would say there is no bad tracks at all, yet this is such a one. The style is indescribable, ethereal rock is a starter but cannot encompass all there is to Mercury Rev, which is a lot. I urge everyone to at least try to listen to Lincoln's Eyes, Spiders Or Flies, or The Dark Is Rising before dismissing them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. S. Prince on 9 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
Upon hearing Deserter's Songs I was sure that the sheer beauty and magic could never be bettered. I was wrong. In many ways 'All Is Dream' is a more complete sounding album and a soundtrack to accompany both your nicest dreams as well as your worst nightmares. If you like music that really gets inside you and fills your mind with beautiful imagery then quite simply buy this! In my opinion a record of perfection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Man on 17 Aug 2007
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"All Is Dream", I am more than happy to say, is a very, very good album. Following in the wake of "Deserter's Song", they had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, they have managed to equal if not surpass.

From the dramatic opening of "The Dark Is Rising", you are sucked into their wonderfully abstract world, full of mystical imagery and incredibly beautiful musical arrangements.

At times the different sounds are like a box of musical fireworks going off and exploding in space with notes and chimes flying off in a dazzling kaleidoscope of patterns.

Again it's that unusual voice of Donahue and the excellent guitar playing of Grasshopper that excel and stand out..............combined with wonderful songs arranged in a grand and sweeping style that are both dramatic and spellbinding.

This is a masterful companion to "Deserter" and yet another CD that simply flows and washes over you time and time again. The ending is also excellent with "Spiders & Flies" and "Hercules" proving to be of really high quality.

This album is eerie and soothing in equal measures. A great chill out and one that doesn't date.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Wickens on 16 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
An amazingly honest album.
Outstanding:
out·stand·ing adj
1. excellent, and superior to others in the same group or category
2. not yet paid, resolved, or dealt with
3. jutting outward or upward
4. All Is Dream - by Mercury Rev
This album is without any doubt the best album I've listened to since the Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin".
I'd already listened to Deserter's Songs, and loved every moment of it. Before buying the album I checked the reviews on this site, and found many of them were negative. Well, a lesson learnt, don't let the opinions of others put you off!
This album far surpasses Deserter's Songs in terms of song structure and accessibility. From dramatic soundscapes (The Dark is Rising) to the beautifully laid back (Tides of the Moon) to the amusingly catchy (Nite and Fog) this album is a treasure and any fan of emotional rock music should at least try it. There's barely any anger in this album, there are no songs which try and make you form a certain opinion on something.. the lyrics are very inward and daydreamy, leaving you open to form your opinion of the person who wrote them. Which makes a refreshing change. A truly outstanding album. I await their next!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 2003
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There's some good music on here, it's complex, occasionally enthralling and is perhaps reminiscent of King Crimson and other similar 70s prog rock, but more modern and perhaps not as musically talented (no increadible sax, guitar or flute solos to be found here). After purchasing "See You On The Other Side" at about six months ago (my first Mercury Rev album), the comparisons are quite far apart. "See You On the Other side" is so unique and odd at times it really grows on you the more you listen, and still every time I listen to it I seem to discover something new. But "All Is Dream" (my second Rev album) is somehow different, it's more conventional and accessible, especially to first time listeners. There's more of a verse chorus structure to the songs, which perhaps makes the slightly less conventional tracks more contrasting (Lincoln's Eyes for example).
That's not to say it's a poor album though....it is good music. The opener "The Dark Is Rising" is dramatic, yet beautifully simple in the verses. The introduction to Chains is haunting (the acoustic guitar cello and piano for two intro bars and then into a blast of noise where the verse starts). Lincoln's Eyes is strange and tends grow on you. The simplicity of Spiders and Flies is very effective and Donahue's voice comes into its own here, while hercules serves as a soft melancholy ending to the album.
I've given it four stars becuase I don't think it's particularly groundbreaking stuff, but certainly worth a listen if you're either a first time listener to Rev or are already a fan.
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