This review is from: Yerself Is Steam (Audio CD)
I was introduced to Mercury Rev in 1992; I remember it well - the Royal Albert Hall, as the main support act to The House of Love, and they followed the (then unheard of) Cranberries on to stage.
I was not expected what I saw and heard that night. Oh the noise! Strange sounds! More noise! But oh, what a noise. Forget the stage, Mercury Rev don't need one, with the singer crawling along the floor amongst the audience. I cannot remember the House of Love (or the Cranberries - but can anybody?) that night, but I certainly remember Mercury Rev! I went out the next day and bought this, and it has been played regularly since. Forget Sonic Youth, forget My Bloody Valentine. This is the noisy Opus from the early 90s, outdoing the former two at their own noisy game!
Uneasy listening, but so worth it. The later, and more commercial Deserter's Songs is also great, but to hear Mercury Rev at their noisiest and most eclectic, this and Boces are a must, with this just edging it, whilst personally, I think these first two albums (despite being older) have aged far far better than their more recent offerings.