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Yerself Is Steam [Vinyl LP] [Import]

Mercury Rev Vinyl
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (20 Oct 1992)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008FRVP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Masterpiece 25 Feb 2000
Format:Audio CD
I remember this album coming out, and it literally blowing me and my mates away. The album contains the masterpiece "frittering", which starts with steel string acoustic guitar, maving into the wall of sound that you'd expect from the likes of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, then trickling back down to the underlying melody. If only for this and "Chasing a Bee", this album is an amazing piece of work. However, it also contains the grunge guitar classic "Syringe Mouth", and numerous other classics.
In my mind, this is Mercury Rev at their greatest, remeniscent of "Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine. I simply cannot do this album justice in words, just buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime 8 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
One of those rare albums which could sincerely be describe as transcendental- an album of pyschedelic rock which is truly epic in depth.

The music is truly unlike anything you'll ever hear. The songs seem to float from your speakers and fill the room with smoky atmospheres, you'll feel like you're wading through the room. But as your head is filled with hazy melodies, a soaring guitar riff, pounding percussion beat or delicate flute section will emerge which fills your heart enough to burst. But while 'Yerself Is Steam' succeeds in being vague and dense, it still has the tunes in rock-out moments like 'syringe mouth' and 'Coney Island Cyclone'.

The lyrics are richly bizarre and manage to be enigmatic ('I need pink, I need cream. I need someone who sews up seams'), hilarious ('space control uh...it's out there, I better get my pants back on. My mom is coming over') or profoundly moving ('And you wonder why I leave so soon/ I get so high then sink/ to the bottom of your room').
The words can mean nothing, everything or both at once and are simply perfect.

As with each Rev release, there isn't another album which sounds anything like this- even other Rev records. Listening to this will make you a better person.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very definite five stars 12 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Not to undermine the other reviewers, but this is truly the weirdest album I have ever heard. Definitely un-easy listening. It bears no musical resemblance to, say, Captain Beefheart's 'Trout Mask Replica' but I guess it is structurally similar - based on juxtaposition of noise and melody, sudden inexplicable bursts of beauty and lyricism giving away to chaos. Challenging, but well worth it. An absolute classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sonic architects 4 Mar 2006
By David Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This first time I heard this I didn´t rate it at all. I think it remained in my wardrobe for about a year collecting dust. And then one rainy day I fished it out and gave it another try.
I listened to it a good five or six times that day and by the end I was completely entranced. This is one of those incredible records that grows on you with every listen, over ten years later I still don´t think I understand everything about it.
This incredibly bold debut is a masterwork of ranging sonic noise. "Chasing a bee," along with all the other tracks begins so insipidly and calmly before building to it´s tumult. It´s an incredibly brave way to begin your first record. I imagine most bands say to themeselves,"let´s really try and enter with a bang." Mercury Rev have conjured up a bulbling caldron of noise.
"Coney island cyclone," with it´s terrifically catchy riff is the only composition that comes remotely close to what you might call a conventional pop song. "Frittering," with it´s inventibly bassy start is probably my favourite track. I also like the moaning sound and haunting lyric on,"very sleepy rivers." Individual tracks are of secondary importance on this record, they all marry together to form a unique panorama.
This record is a complete one off, a beautiful never ending story that I never tire of going back to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shock and awe 2 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
After hearing this album for the first time back in '91 I have still to hear a more life changing album than this. Coming straight at you with the chaotic melodies of 'Chasing a Bee' the album swings wildly with the dream like states of 'Sweet oddysee...' and the ever beautiful 'Frittering' to the Americana of 'Coney Island Cyclone'. No two songs sound the same or from the same band, all truly beautiful in their own way.
A review cannot do this album justice, I'm not elequent enough to convey my emotions when listening to this. Of all the albums I own, this one stands out, more so than their successful album 'Deserters Songs' which you should also own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime atmospheric rock 26 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
This New York band creates sweeping anthemic bursts of rock that follow strange trains of thought. The opener Chasing A Bee is a symphony of skilfully applied distortion and rumbling guitar attack behind world-weary lyrics, leading up to an earthquake-like climax and then subsiding to the tune of a flute, leaving the listener breathless at its conclusion. There are also the majestic swirls of Coney Island Cyclone, the straight hard rock of Syringe Mouth and the intelligent piano, orchestral buildup and poignant lyrics of Blue And Black. "Steam" was a most impressive debut album that extended the boundaries of rock in daring new directions. Just be warned that this is not immediate music - it takes persistent listening to really grasp, let alone appreciate, its subleties.
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