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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a dream!, 15 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Deserter's Songs (Audio CD)
Yep, Mercury Rev are one of those bands for the small hours, perfectly capturing that hazy state inbetween conciousness and sleep. This is one of the dreamiest albums I've ever heard, and it manages to achieve the wonderful state without drenching itself in reverb!
Holes is a sleepy wonderland, lullaby vocals over a backing of Brian Eno ambience and lush orchestration. Tonite It Shows is incredibly romantic in that it makes one feel that there's more to life than what we make of it. It instills hope and almost unbearable happiness, like a soundtrack to the forest scenes of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Then comes Opus 40, an absolute masterpiece of evangelical organs and metaphysical lyrics and a chorus that might make you cry.
The second half of the album is a lot more lucid. The Hudson Line features percussion that sounds like a speeding train. You could imagine it playing on The Polar Experss. Goddess On A Highway...well, it rocks. It's music for driving down a deserted motorway in a daze to. The Funny Bird is a psychadelic wonder that contains truly otherworldly guitar sounds and vocals.
At some points the album sounds like 1920s ballroom music. At others it sounds like music for a haunted house full of friendly ghosts. The point is, this is NOT music that soundtracks your life. It's music that soundtracks your dreams, your fantasies, your wishes....in short, it's absolutely indispensable listening for anyone interested in escapism.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2009 14:35:06 BDT
Dominia says:
Reading yr review over 3 years on, just to say I love your sentence "The point is, this is NOT music that soundtracks your life. It's music that soundtracks your dreams, your fantasies, your wishes." Sez it all, should be quoted on the cover!
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