All Is Dream Limited Edition
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Mercury Rev - All Is Dream - Cd
All is Dream is Mercury Rev's most fully realised album yet, the perfect follow up to its predecessor, 1998's acclaimed Deserter's Songs. Like Deserter's Song, All is Dream replaces the experimental leanings and noisy guitar wig-outs that marked their early work (especially Yerself is Steam) with the more subdued (and, arguably, mature) sounds of strings, mellotrons and woodwinds. This time, however, their sound has expanded even further, racing to catch up to the band's considerable imaginations. All is Dream is an album of sobering beauty, boasting layers of lush orchestration that lend a dreamlike atmosphere to the proceedings and an epic scope to the songs: album opener "The Dark is Rising" starts with a swirl of strings like the beginning of some grand Hollywood melodrama before moving to a simple piano accompaniment, then explodes again into strings and a chorus of female sopranos. Like dreams themselves, the songs range from the fantastic ("Nite and Fog") to the inspiring ("A Drop In Time") to the downright creepy ("Lincoln's Eyes"), yet all are tethered to reality by the reassuring vocals of frontman Jonathan Donahue. In another decade, All is Dream would have been considered a "concept album"; for now, suffice to say that it is an album to be savoured and appreciated as a whole, and for years to come. --Robert Burrow
Top Customer Reviews
Following up the superb 'Deserter's Songs' was never going to be easy, but if anything 'All is Dream' tops it. Ably assisted by production genius Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips), the Rev have created a swirling musical journey. It's refreshing to hear the melange of guitars, effects and mellotrons sound intimate and comforting rather than overblown and bombastic.
All the tracks are great, but 'The Dark is Rising' recalls Harvest-era Neil Young and John Lennon at his best. 'Nite and Fog' has a great chorus and is the next single. Special mention must go to 'A Drop in Time' however as it feels timeless yet contemporary. Tony Visconti even does the strings arrangements that remind you of all of the great Bowie albums recorded in Berlin.
More importantly it's a fitting tribute to the original producer Jack Nitzsche (Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Motown) who sadly died just days before recording.
This CD is like that first love, fine wine and evokes that bitter-sweet melancholy you feel when you say goodbye to your lover at the airport.
Just buy it. It'll brighten your day.
This album is easily in my Top 3 albums of 2001, and Lincoln's Eyes is probably my favourite track of this year, it is absolutely, indescribably beautful. Transcendent vocals, searing strings, pondering pianos, all wrapped up in a convincing, yet mysterious package, which is caoted with an air of wistfulness and melancholy.
It is rare to find an album on which I would say there is no bad tracks at all, yet this is such a one. The style is indescribable, ethereal rock is a starter but cannot encompass all there is to Mercury Rev, which is a lot. I urge everyone to at least try to listen to Lincoln's Eyes, Spiders Or Flies, or The Dark Is Rising before dismissing them.
1. excellent, and superior to others in the same group or category
2. not yet paid, resolved, or dealt with
3. jutting outward or upward
4. All Is Dream - by Mercury Rev
This album is without any doubt the best album I've listened to since the Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin".
I'd already listened to Deserter's Songs, and loved every moment of it. Before buying the album I checked the reviews on this site, and found many of them were negative. Well, a lesson learnt, don't let the opinions of others put you off!
This album far surpasses Deserter's Songs in terms of song structure and accessibility. From dramatic soundscapes (The Dark is Rising) to the beautifully laid back (Tides of the Moon) to the amusingly catchy (Nite and Fog) this album is a treasure and any fan of emotional rock music should at least try it. There's barely any anger in this album, there are no songs which try and make you form a certain opinion on something.. the lyrics are very inward and daydreamy, leaving you open to form your opinion of the person who wrote them. Which makes a refreshing change. A truly outstanding album. I await their next!
That's not to say it's a poor album though....it is good music. The opener "The Dark Is Rising" is dramatic, yet beautifully simple in the verses. The introduction to Chains is haunting (the acoustic guitar cello and piano for two intro bars and then into a blast of noise where the verse starts). Lincoln's Eyes is strange and tends grow on you. The simplicity of Spiders and Flies is very effective and Donahue's voice comes into its own here, while hercules serves as a soft melancholy ending to the album.
I've given it four stars becuase I don't think it's particularly groundbreaking stuff, but certainly worth a listen if you're either a first time listener to Rev or are already a fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 5 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
A few genius songs, and a lot of very mundane skippable tracks. So it evens out about 3/5Published 15 months ago by Chris Parker
It's very chilled,thought provoking and the vocals are weird and wonderful.
The album is great from start to finish. Read more
Is it a dream or a nightmare.To me its a dream I can understand why some people hate this band and I can understand why me and others love this band. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2011 by Stephen
Most of my music collection dates back to before 1980, and I rarely hear anything made since 1990 that blows me away. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2010 by D. J. H. Thorn