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The Secret Migration
The Secret Migration
Price: 6.76

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Rev - Secret Migration, 1 Dec 2006
This review is from: The Secret Migration (Audio CD)
''Ain't it amazing when the seasons begin, to change. Someone behind the scenes just seems to pull some strings''. This album is littered with earhty, natural and effortlessly beautiful lyrics which positively float over Mercury Rev's stunning psychedelic tapestry. Songs cascade like waterfalls, drift like cloads and rustle autumn leaves; if you can stomach the unadulterated purety of 'Secret for a Song' and 'My Love', this album will give you immense pleasure.

However, in many ways, its strength is also its downfall; there is simply not enough variety on this record, with none of the suprise of Deserter's Songs. In the end, it may start to drift by you. Nonetheless, a must-buy for a Mercury Rev fan.


Love
Love
Price: 9.68

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles - Love, 21 Nov 2006
This review is from: Love (Audio CD)
Any of you who fear this is a sacrilegious and cynical example of Apple milking the public for yet another piece of pointless nostalgia can lay aside your concerns. Listening to this in 5.1 surround sound was one of the highlights of my musical year. Call it an exercise in tasteful experimentation; using a palette of wonderfully remastered Beatles tracks they have constructed the ultimate Beatles medley, mash-up, collage or whatever you wish to call it. This can be as drastic as reversing the ending of A Day in the Life and making it morph into the opening chord of Hard Day's Night before launching into Get Back, or as simple as bringing an unused bass track to the foreground. Sometimes it is so good it makes you wish the original tracks had these arrangements: For the Benefit of Mr Kite cascading into I Want You (She's So Heavy) with Helter Skelter's vocal dubbed over is one of these moments.

It's not all post-modern, pro-tools experimentation though. George Martin has produced his final score for an acoustic demo of While My Guitar Gently Weeps that is heartbreaking and comprehensively betters the original, whilst tracks like Eleanor Rigby and Help! are simply allowed to bask in their remastered glory. Forget that this is the soundtrack to a circus show, it's a piece of art in its' own right, with three years work and the support of surviving Beatles members and relatives testament to this.

Simply a joyous listening experience. You'll listen to it countless times then go back and re-discover the originals.


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