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Deserters Song [VINYL]

Mercury Rev Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (5 Oct 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B00004WWLZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! 3 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"What was all that about?"was my first reaction when I heard this album, I couldn't believe how hyped it was.But as experience has taught me before the best albums are the ones you initially hate so I listened a few more times still not really getting it,but on the umpteenth listen I started to notice it's charms no longer was the lead singers voice annoying and with each subsequent listen it get's better and better and I even like the odd incidental tracks which litter the album, this now ranks alongside OK computer and Moon Safari as one of my favourite albums.It also has the strangest hidden track i've ever heard at the end and I love that too.Play this one full blast with the window open and look at the bewildered faces on people walking past.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an album that you hear and say "they can't be serious, can they?" as you listen to the singer's strangely cartoon like voice and impossibly twee mellotrons and ultra high strings. It's only when you listen to the complex orchestrations that you begin to realise this band is indeed serious. "Deserters Songs" sounds like candy but tastes like something darker, giving us glimpses of an american landscape full of despair, humour and hope. It's an emotional ride, and has the feeling of albums like OK Computer and Achtung Baby, that drift along and leave hundreds of layers of meaning, saying far more than they suggest but never appearing to be pretentiously profound. It even ends with a good ol' downhome footbanger in Delta Blues Stomp, that lifts the spirit and leaves you with a reflective, exciting and technically superb album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does that ol' song go..... 28 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Arrived hear via The Flaming Lips & now I don't wish to desert this box of delights for some time....maybe it's because i'm working retrospectively ,as many music lovers tend to do & following the theme of finding an artist~song~sound~look~hook that stimulates & I've found Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs has everything I could wish for...I must admit on the first time of playing the album I was dissapointed,I had just been playing The Lips Yoshimi & how do you follow that?...By playing this album over & over . It has certainly broadened my musical taste as Johnathan Donahue is gifted at finding a beautiful line,taking control & expanding it into something wonderful.Deserter's Songs takes you on a musical journey thro' folk pop softrock jazz blues classical to avant garde.If you are reading this then you are interested in Mercury Rev,invest in the album,play it over & over & enjoy it as one of the most beautiful & complete albums ever produced.Tell me what you think about the trax Holes & Endlessly.I believe Deserter's Songs is exceptional ,so much so,I bought it twice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless 1 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Every so often an album comes along that changes your listening tastes. Bought this after reading an on-line review on some American activists site.
Simply, this album is sublime. Full of metaphors of escapism the crashing guitars compete with re-workings of modern, classical string arrangements.
It's American underground's "Screamadelica"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully enigmatic. 4 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Few albums have ever left you wrapped in emotion all the way through. Whether you listen to the classically-haunting "Holes", the gospel parody "Opus 40", or the amazingly infectious "Goddess on a Hiway", the listener is stuck for the entire 45 minutes. After the drum-drenched upbeat eccentricity of "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp", the listener really doesn't know whether to feel hysterically happy or insanely depressed. This album is one of the most beautiful LPs ever written, if only for the permanent enigma of why it was written. In a few words, "Deserter's Songs" is freeze-dried emotion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album 9 Nov 1999
Format:Audio CD
A haunting collection of music.
Takes your mind on a laid back trip through a wonderfully textured sonic landscape. From the opener "Holes" through to the "post last track noise" this album woos with brilliantly layered sounds, including some of the best mellotron playing I've heard in a long time.
Only one gripe. The final track - "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp" -, though still a good track, with its upbeat tempo just doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the album. It's not written by the same member of the band as the rest of the material, so that's to be expected. Just seems like an odd inclusion. Maybe to wake you up after drifting along to the rest of the album?
Why is it that bands who have ALMOST hit rock bottom with excesses of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll , but recovered, seem to be capable of producing quality in their work which was not so apparent in previous offerings?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 28 April 2001
By Brockie
Format:Audio CD
I don't really understand people who wrote reviews for this album and didn't like it or get it. And how could you ever say anything like the Wannadies are better? It is true, if the kind of music that gets you going is the kind of drawl found on a over-produced Nsync or Britney Spears album then you'll find no joy for your narrow mind here. This album is a classic and should be on every normal persons playlist, just give it time, all the great albums are growers, if you want throw-away-pop look elsewhere, this album will be with you forever. I like all the tracks except Hudson Line which to be fair, was written by Grasshopper. I actually liked Funny Bird, quite an emotional song I thought and my fave off the album, Bottleneck Stomp isn't too bad either. You really have rate this as an album and not a collection of hits. The whole thing flows effortlessly as if it is one big piece of work, not some drab album thrown together with the one hit single and a few album fillers - like you see alot these days. It's atmospheric, it's beautiful, it's like the woman you love, only better. I wouldn't like to compare it to anything else, cause to me, Rev are Rev but if you like Radiohead, Grandaddy or even the Chemical Brothers you will probably like this. These bands might even have been influenced by early rev...buy it and look for the new album this year..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss
When Mercury Rev first arrived and blew my head clean off with the astounding brilliance of Yerself Is Steam, I believed they could never again produce such a magnificent piece of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Farhan Haq
5.0 out of 5 stars good music
This Album is even better than I could have imagined. I wholly recommend it for easy time listening anytime of the day
Published 7 months ago by Mike Trevelyan
5.0 out of 5 stars One step beyond
Some albums just go beyond the music. This is one of these.
The atmosphere created has something that stays.
Unfortunately, Mercury Rev never reached this level again.
Published 15 months ago by willem meel
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much the happiest album in the world.
So yeah, this is pretty much the happiest album in the whole world. Any fan of the Flaming Lips, or the Polyphonic Spree or anything in that area will definitely love this.
Published on 24 Feb 2010 by C. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars 10-year anniversary for 1998 masterpiece (9/10)
Mercury Rev's 1998 album was undoubtably a turning point, a massively influencial re-envisioning of the pop-rock form that inspired countless imitators. Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by Demob Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Record
It can suit any mood, any time of day, any age group, etc. This really is one of best records of the past 20 years. No doubt about it. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2007 by Gerald
5.0 out of 5 stars There's No Running Away From This
Not sure how you explain this CD to people not familiar with Mercury Rev. Brilliant, Innovative, Defined, Inspirational, Refreshing............all would be appropriate adjectives. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2007 by Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
It takes a while to get used to the voice, but when you do it takes you places. I equate MR songs with a favourite book, every time you go back to them you enjoy them and you find... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2006 by Georgi
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant change
It is nice to find that there are people making music out there which isn't entirely based upon post-punk cranked up guitars. Read more
Published on 18 July 2006 by Robert O. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a dream!
Yep, Mercury Rev are one of those bands for the small hours, perfectly capturing that hazy state inbetween conciousness and sleep. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2005 by Elliot Davies
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