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Mezcal Head [CD]

Swervedriver Audio CD
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Following on from their recent reunion and a very successful U.S tour in 2008, after 10 years away Swervedriver are back! As one of the finest bands from the so-called "shoegaze" scene in the mid 90's, their music is often described as a cross between British ethereal bands such as Ride, Lush, and My Bloody Valentine, and Motor City rock and roll classics like the Stooges and the ... Read more in Amazon's Swervedriver Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B000024ALD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,034 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Swervedriver - Mezcal Head

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only road companion you'll ever need 17 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
From the teasing intro of "From seeking heat", through the dreamlike "Duress" to the last swathes of "You find it everywhere", this album never fails to be spellbinding. It's been my soundtrack to hazy summer nights, jaunts around Europe and the daily hell-route to work! Difficult to pigeonhole, like all great bands Swervedriver had to disband before they got the credit they so deserved however they left one of the best albums of the 90's. They had an impressive ability to wrap memorable melodies around layers of guitars to create awe-inspiring songs, something very few of their contemporaries were able to muster. Shoegazer? Alternative? Rock? Just great music. Close your eyes, wind down the windows and squeeze a little harder on the pedal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swervedriver on top form. 24 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Creation label was always the home for great guitar bands and with Mezcal Head Swervedriver delivered a classic guitar record. However, ulike stablemates, My Bloody Valentine and the House of Love Swervedriver haven't received the critical/popular support their music deserves. If you can't find Mezcal Head their other finest recording to date is Ejector Seat Reservation which should also rate 5 stars. If you do get hold of a copy of either album you've found yourself a hidden gem. Favourite tracks on the album - 'Duel', 'A Change Is Gonna Come' and 'You Find It Everywhere'
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the more enduring albums I own 20 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had a difficult enough time finding Mezcal Head when I first went out looking for it in 1996, but it's a purchase I'm not sorry I made. Layer upon layer of melodic shimmering guitar that captures an energy their contemporaries could only aspire to. The attention to melody is what sets this record apart from the other's of it's 'shoegazing' ilk - the incredible noise is not designed to offend, but to energize and uplift. I challenge any rock fan to not be attracted to the sizzling riffs of 'Blowin Cool' or 'For Seeking Heat'. Naturally Mezcal Head has it's share of darker material, noteably the excellent 'Duel' (named after the Speilberg truck chase film) and perhaps the album's lowest point, 'Duress' which is almost physically painful to listen to. Surely there were better things for Swervedriver to do with their wah wah pedals. 'Last Train To Satansville' is possibly Swervedriver's best song, complete with chugging fuzzed up guitars and what sounds like a tin of paint filled with water being hit with a spoon at the end... hmmmmm.
Sweverdriver's affiliation with all things automotive has long been established, but this album truely does seem to have been made for the open road. To tell you the truth I couldn't think of a better album to have blaring out of the car CD player if I were lucky enough to travel route 66 in a Mustang Ford - it encourages you to go faster and faster... 'the serene pleasure of speed' as Adam Franklin puts it. I didn't give the album 5 stars because it's not one of those truely great classics adorning the record shelves of the musically aware - but for what it is, it's fantastic.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The second best swervedriver album 16 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
A far more polished and clear sounding album than their first outing "Raise" (one of the most underated albums of the 90), which means that although the vocals and guitars have a more catchy sound, they dont have the same rawness about them that made "Raise" such an outstanding album. Still has that great unique swervedriver sound though that later albums lack. Standout track "duel" is the pick of the album although "blowin cool", "last train to satansville" and "girl on a motorbike", are all nearly as good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The more I listen . . . 30 April 2002
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
. . . the better it gets. I was introduced to Swervedriver through the Playstation game Road Rash, and I came across Mezcal Head in the Used section of a local music store. The only songs I wanted were Duel and Last Train to Satansville, but when I listened to the whole album, I was blown away by the summer-dusk feel of the music and the gritty, hopelessly passionate textures interwoven throughout. It makes no difference where I am; the moment I stick in this cd, I am instantly transported to a convertible '69 Vette blazing down a lonesome highway in Arizona with the waning sun setting fire to the land, turning rock formations into golden sculptures. My favorite songs include Blowin Cool, Never Lose That Feeling, and Duress, although the whole album is excellent and has a cohesiveness and thematic intensity that many albums seem to lack nowadays. Duress is a stunning, ultrapassionate panorama of steamy love on a dense, vivid night in July, when time moves sluggishly through the dank air and the sound of the insects and the scent of the summer air binds up all the past and future into one sweltering moment of passion. You will not be disappointed if you buy this album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tied for best album of the 90s 31 Dec 2000
By Rocklover1968 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Along with OK Computer, this is the most memorable album of the decade. Gets better with age - if you listen with headphones, tracks you thought you knew like best friends reveal new wrinkles and surprises (just like best friends).
If i ever have kids, they'll be begging me to turn this one off in 2025.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ROCK MUSIC FOR YOUR CAR!!!! 9 Dec 1998
By Matt Donner (donnerm@slip.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I went for two years without this record and my life wasn't the same...Swervedrivers everywhere will appreciate the ability this band has to express the feeling of the wide open road through hard-hitting grooves and sweeter-than-honey melodies. Quoting great surf rock as equally as the Beatles, this album has the singular ability to make life seem understandable. Inspirational, and satisfying, any true rock fan will LOVE this record! " Harry and Maggie " is the defining song of the spirit of passionate love whose closest second is " Never Lose That Feeling ". Both songs express the intangibility of love while inspiring the soul to go figure it out by doing it! I wont live again without this album!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "can spark neon from candlelight" 25 July 2004
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Swervedriver was my favorite band during my high school/early college days. The most underrated band of the 1990s by far. I cannot believe these guys never became huge! Mezcal Head was their second album after their excellent, albeit muffled-sounding, debut. It sports improved production after Raise. It also is a heavier sounding album. That I rank this album Swervedriver's third best is not a knock on the album, it is just a demonstration of how awesome these "shoegazers" were (and maybe still can be).

The first two tracks blow the roof off! "Blowin' Cool" would have made a wonderful single. It has a very accessible sound, with a catchy chorus and, surprisingly, nice vocals. "Last Train Satansville" was a great single (you can just feel that engine rumblin' down the tracks!) but, here, it drags a little bit. The vocals end around the three-minute mark, but the band rides that locomotive for a full 6:45. "A Change is Gonna Come" and "You Find It Everywhere" are two more catchy tracks. "Duress," although a fine song, takes 3:00 to really get going. The final track is another great Swervedriver track but, like "Satansville," the instrumental ending goes on, and on. This jazzy one continues for over six minutes! This is an awesome album.

Without the long, drawn-out tracks, it would rank up to, and maybe even surpass the brilliant Raise! As it is, however, I don't think it's as solid as Raise for the very reason that I have to skip through almost 12 minutes of music to get to the good stuff. Raise set a very high standard finally broken with the un-freakin'-believable 99th Dream (if you do not have that CD, get it now!). Mezcal Head didn't quite reach it but is damn good and re-established Swervedriver as one of the most under-appreciated bands of the 1990s!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten years later and still on rotation.... 11 Oct 2003
By skytwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was never a huge fan of Swervedriver, although I first heard them when they were still releasing singles prior to the release of their debut album. I have the singles, I have the first three albums, and while most of them are gathering dust on my shelf, I still find myself popping 'Mezcal Head' into the player every now and again. In spite of their label as a 'shoegazer' band, and in spite of the reviews that cite their car-culture themes, this album is simply one of the most consistently good, catchy, and rockin' albums I've ever heard. It's a paradise of minor chord harmonies, laid-back vocals, and straightforward rock. I'd have to agree with Amazon's house reviewer that Swervedriver got short shrift when they were new, but what might be more remarkable is that they still sound so good in the 21st century.
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