After so much hype I couldn't wait to get hold of this 'acclaimed' album. Number one album of 1999 as voted for in Uncut magazine, and it appeared in many other magazines' top ten. So, without having heard a single track by the artist I ordered the CD from Amazon. I already knew of the comparison to Mercury Rev but come on!....Soft Bulletin simply sounds like out-takes and B-sides from Deserter's Songs. I have to say that even if I'd heard the Flaming Lips album first, Mercury Rev would still have won out. Deserter's Songs is a much stronger album with many stand out tracks.
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