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  • Audio CD (11 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 14th Floor
  • ASIN: B0009Y8MMA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen11. If You Asked 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Will You Wait Here 6:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
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The debut album from Longview, Mercury is a strong collection of songs that frequently hints at even better things to come from the group. Tight lyrics, good writing and a willingness to not be bracketed in the same way as many of their contemporaries serve Longview well, with the twelve tracks here amounting to an interesting and worthwhile debut release.

BBC Review

UK Indie newcomers Longview release their debut album on the back of their recent single "Further". One of my favourite singles of the year, I was expecting great things from the album. Sadly, Mercury, is a disappointment.

The album opens with "Further". It's got all the ingredients required to get all true indie fans excited. Jingly jangly guitars, a memorable chorus that demands to be sung along to and that indefinable anthemic je ne sais quoi! The quality remains high on the second track, "Can't Explain". It's full of classic guitar riffs which build to a climax before going all quiet, allowing lead singer, Rob McVey, to show off his fine vocal range.

McVey does have a great voice. This makes the fact that the lyrics are so poor even more difficult to come to terms with. For example; 'Go anywhere for you I would' ("I Would"), 'You don't know what you do to me' ("When You Sleep"). These lyrics are classic boy fancies girl, boy goes out with girl, boy gets dumped by girl and repeat. There's no depth beyond this and it all becomes a little tedious after track 3.

It's about this time that I suddenly realise I'm listening to a pale imitation of Embrace. Most of the album follows the dull tepid indie route the Yorkshire four piece trod some four years ago. Like Embrace Longview will probably sell by the bucket load. But then again, where are Embrace now? Longview even use Embraces classic lyric 'Come back to what you know' in one of their songs!

It's not all bad. "If You Asked" features some lovely female vocals which saves the song from mediocrity. "Will You Wait Here" is a good tune;a few dramatic violins make the track stand out from the crowd. But the worst horrowshow is left 'til last. "This Is" is a blatant rip off of The Verve's early work. There's a fine line between being influenced by a band and actually copying their work. Longview cross that line here.

In summary, this is one of those rare cases where you really should just buy the single. The rest of the album doesn't even come close to the superb "Further". A great shame. --Dan Tallis

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daryll Holland on 26 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
I missed this album first time around, and after seeing the video for 'Further' on MTV2, I had the buy the album. 'Further' immediately grabs you buy the neck and demands to be listened to. It's a beautifully crafted melodic trip along the kaliedoscopic multi-layered indie-rock highway that is Long-View.
Whilst 'Further' is an excellent example of what Long-View are all about, each song on the album stands out in it's own right. From the equally haunting 'Can't Explain' to the uplifting 'One more try', this album is guaranteed to please.
A break from the current 'Alternative' market, saturated with cliched eye-liner wearing whiney teens and talentless guitar smashing Nu-Metal pop bands, Long-View play straight from the heart.
For me, this album is a masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David J. on 29 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent debut album.
I heard Further and was keen to hear more from the band. However, some of the reviews I read suggested that this was a one track album with Further being the stand out track. Then I heard When You Sleep, Nowhere and Can't Explain and I decided to take the risk.
As the reivews I read suggested, Further is a stand out track, but the album also contains a number of other excellent tracks. It is far from a one track album. In fact for me there are only two filler tracks on the album - Falling For You and Falling Without You. The album is well balanced with rockier tracks such as Electricity, Can't Explain, When You Sleep, Nowhere and the superb Will You Wait Here, and more moody tracks such as I Would and Still.
The album ends beautifully with the plaintive sound of This Is. Ignore the comparisons to Coldplay, Elbow, Doves, Embrace etc. Thre is a Mancunian feel to the album, but it stands on its own merits and its own sound. Buy it and perservere. Youll be rewarded in the end.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "joe21754" on 27 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
with the lack of true guitar bands this year, i have to say i was waiting with bated breath for this album's release. And it didn't dissapoint. as soon as further kicks in, you know you are in for a good ride.
If you like leaves, elbow, coldplay and electric soft parade, you can't go far wrong.
I gave this album four stars because it could be slightly more varied but only a minor niggle.
Go buy this album-best debut of the year for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By emie on 5 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
what an awsome album! i have had the record for over a year and it has yet to bore me!! every single song is a winner and not one of them can be said to be less than the others.
if you are thinking of buying this album i higly recomend you do.You will be so glad you did.It will be worth it,promise.once you have the cd you will wonder why this band have yet to become stadium fillers. for people who truly appreciate great music!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
These reviews can be tedious so I'll keep it simple: top band + ace tunes = fantastic debut album. Longview are a rare breed, a band that can lift you up one minute and drop you on your arse the next (this is a good thing!) If you've not heard much, or anything, by Longview then this is one of those moments when you bite the bullet and take the risk - BUY THIS ALBUM! I promise you, you will not be disappionted
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Swale VINE VOICE on 4 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've read quotes from Longview (and their heowge singer and songwriter Rob McVey) about how the chart doesn't matter to them, and only greatness is worth aiming for. They are bold sentiments, but good ones to hold. Longview aren't there.
They are, however, a band possessing a thoroughly nice sound which is enjoyable to listen to. The problem, as is highlighted in most reviews, is undoubtedly the lyrics, which (for the most part) seem uninspired and a bit predictable. The second single, can't explain "You know what they say, at the end of the day, but days fade away" is a prime example. However, if you don't dwell for too long on the bits of this album that are like that, it is excellent. Falling For You, Further and I Would are my highlights, but the album is something you need to take as a whole, really, with a variety of emotion-driven soft rock conveyed brilliant.
Longview's sound is somewhat similar to little-known Indie band Lowgold (Lowgold also have a song entitled Mercury, a small hit back in 2000). Despite this, Longview feel like a band that might, given two or three albums more practice (and a bit more work on lyrics, come a good deal closer to greatness than they do here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "cdgreenwood" on 10 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
Lying somewhere in between Travis and fellow Manchester artists the Doves, Longview (like Haven before them) relocated to Manchester to finalise and release this album, and it seems some of the scene's rock heritage has rubbed off on this excellent debut.
The opener "Further" is an excellent advert for and example of the quality on this album. The opening guitar recalls Travis - Writing To Reach You, while the vocals instantly bring to mind Jimi Goodwin of Manchester's Doves.
Mercury is a soothing relaxing album, take the chorus from "Electricity" or "I Would" as a prime example. Songs such as "Nowhere" and the almost anthemic "When You Sleep" with its catchy four-chord progression are sure to bring in the sales the band richly deserves. Top marks also for bringing in female vocals on a couple of songs.
The standout track for me is "Further", and although this album does contain some real quality material, it does rather trail off towards the end into several decent, though forgettable and rather boring tracks, hence the four-star rating.
One for fans of the Liverpool and Manchester indie-rock bands from Echo & The Bunnymen to Doves and Haven, as well as the likes of Coldplay or Turin Brakes. Fans of Scottish indie bands such as Travis or Mull Historical Society would also be well advised to take notice.
In a world where RnB, HipHop, Rap, Dance and Pop rule the Top20, it's great to see new rock bands still selling albums and making quality real music. The Thrills, Athlete and Longview have all released class albums this year, long may the trend continue.
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