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Deserter's Songs
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on 25 March 2014
When Mercury Rev first arrived and blew my head clean off with the astounding brilliance of Yerself Is Steam, I believed they could never again produce such a magnificent piece of work. It's darn good to be wrong, although a different beast, Deserters Songs is just as hauntingly majestic. The majority of the songs are filled with a subtle strangeness, an other worldliness, Jarvis Cocker likened the feel of the album to the way those old fairy tale movies get you, I agree, a happy sadness if you will. It's an emotional journey, often leaving me glassy eyed but clueless as to why. This is beyond psychedelia, folk rock, pop, whatever, it is truly unique genius despite hearing umpteen influences/references throughout. Deserters Songs is one of those stand alone albums that defies genre and 'just is', it puts you in a celebratory melancholic state in a similar way to Bowie's 'Hunky Dory' or DJ Shadow's 'Entroducing'. Lyrically and thematically diverse, it keeps giving, the more you listen, the more you discover. Not just a musical triumph, Johnathan Donahue's gorgeous vocal delivery varying between straight up vocals, crooning and Shari Lewis doing Lamb Chop.

Moving, haunting, beautiful, timeless and epic, this is the kind of album that will make you feel upset for not having discovered it sooner, you will feel like you've wasted time.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 11 August 2015
With the presence on a couple of tracks of The Band's Levon Helm and Garth Hudson, and a distinct Americana feel to it, this is a key '90s album, and almost unique in the spell it casts if you're in the mood for it. I seem always to play it in the evening by candlelight. It's good for what ails you. Sometimes it's the only thing I want to hear.
You're going to either buy into Jonathan Donahue's deceptively fey little-boy vocals or not, but they are all of a piece with songs that flirt with tweeness but come out fighting too. His singing grows on you, like soft moss, and the eclectic choice of instruments throughout is heartening and a rare pleasure.
Holes is a compelling opening track, but the song which startles immediately is Goddess on a Hiway, with its catchy verse leading into powerful chorus:

An' I know, it ain't gonna last
An' I know, it ain't gonna last

Other singers have their moments too, including Amy Helm, Marie Spinosa, Mary Gavazzi Fridmann, and Joel Eckhouse plays a mean bowed saw.
The Funny Bird is another highlight, as is The Happy End - but really this 1998 album is like a suite of songs with a mood and atmosphere as beguiling as it is hypnotic.
I listen to it when I need to ~ it's that kind of album ~ but when I do, it's like visiting an old and trusted friend, who places a calming hand on my head and lulls me to a mildly exotic, ancient place of calm and inevitable peace. In its way it is quite beautiful.

Endlessly fascinating, musically therapeutic, grows on you like moist moss.
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on 14 June 2015
love this album rev at their best, full of strange sounds and all the eccentricity of mercury rev at full throttle. production is great, much better than daves work on the flaming lips or the now deceased sparkle horse, if you buy any album by this band buy this a strange gem.
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on 8 September 2015
Listening to Goddess on a highway on a collection recently I thought what a great track looked up about Mercury Rev and thought try the album. The first listen I recognised Holes the first track and some familiar tracks/themes. Having listened to it a few times now it is definitetly a grower and will be one I return to quite frequently.
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on 27 January 2016
Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.
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on 8 December 2015
Excellent album.
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VINE VOICEon 18 July 2006
It is nice to find that there are people making music out there which isn't entirely based upon post-punk cranked up guitars. Too many bands are ploughing the Oasis furrow and although this is 8 years old now it stands the test of time in terms of sounding fresh and different from the mainstream. Dreamy, laid back fare that lends itself to personal relaxing quality moments without being sickly sweet ala Coldplay. Tinged with jazz and psychedelia and maybe even the Pink Floyd of Obscured by Clouds vintage. Works for me. Thoroughly recommended.
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on 2 January 2014
This Album is even better than I could have imagined. I wholly recommend it for easy time listening anytime of the day
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on 16 January 2015
Excellent CD well worth a listen
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on 12 September 2014
Brilliant cd.
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