Top positive review
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on 31 January 2003
There's some good music on here, it's complex, occasionally enthralling and is perhaps reminiscent of King Crimson and other similar 70s prog rock, but more modern and perhaps not as musically talented (no increadible sax, guitar or flute solos to be found here). After purchasing "See You On The Other Side" at about six months ago (my first Mercury Rev album), the comparisons are quite far apart. "See You On the Other side" is so unique and odd at times it really grows on you the more you listen, and still every time I listen to it I seem to discover something new. But "All Is Dream" (my second Rev album) is somehow different, it's more conventional and accessible, especially to first time listeners. There's more of a verse chorus structure to the songs, which perhaps makes the slightly less conventional tracks more contrasting (Lincoln's Eyes for example).
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.