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M. Payne "alphaswerve" (UK)

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Snowflake Midnight
Snowflake Midnight
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2.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking..., 29 Sep 2008
This review is from: Snowflake Midnight (Audio CD)
I've been a huge fan of Mercury Rev since their initial incarnation and the phenominal 'Yerself Is Steam' album. Following the departure of the irrepressible David Baker, Deserter's Songs was almost incomparable to earlier Baker fronted material and was a beautiful masterpiece. However, each album since has slowly degraded, All Is Dream & Secret Migration at least had some notable highlights, however it is heartbreaking to listen to this latest release, the closest Strange Attractor comes to any kind of highlight is 'Senses On Fire' with the possible half-way there's of 'Butterfly's Wings' and 'Faraway From Cars', the rest unfortunately pass into oblivion. I love Mercury Rev, but I'm quickly falling out of love with their desperate attempts to cling onto the 'surreal-esque film score' success of Deserter's Songs, notable alternatives I must strongly suggest in the current climate of this genre being Sigur Rós... Will the real Mercury Rev please Leggo Ye' Ego!

The Back Room
The Back Room
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Inspirational Album..., 30 Jan 2006
This review is from: The Back Room (Audio CD)
Like all great albums this requires several listens prior to full appreciation. A superb album, in the same vein (and just as inspirational and emotionally uplifting) as Coldplay's Rush of Blood, Snow Patrol's Final Straw & Keane's Hopes & Fears. Munich, their single release is excellent, but even better is Fall, Fingers In The Factories and Bullets ( don't need this disease you don't...) and as with The Killers' Hot Fuss, this is an album without the need of fillers, every track is a potential single release. Truly Fantastic!

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