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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


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Four albums in and Mercury Rev remain as surprising and daring as ever — exchanging the volcanic noise and twisted sensibilities of earlier releases for ornate arrangements and ethereal strings, Deserter's Songs unlocks the beauty always hidden just below the band's surface, its lush harmonics and soothing textures bathing in an almost unearthly light. Standouts including the exquisitely waltz-like "Tonite It Shows" and the celestial "Endlessly" are like lullabies, their music-box melodies gentle and narcotic; even the most pop-oriented moments like "Opus 40" and "Hudson Line" share a symphonic, candy-colored majesty far removed from conventional rock idioms. Complete with its fractured instrumental interludes and odd effects, Deserter's Songs sounds like no other album — for that matter, it doesn't even sound like Mercury Rev, yet there's no mistaking the record's brilliance for anyone else.

1. Holes
2. Tonite It Shows
3. Endlessly
4. I Collect Coins
5. Opus 40
6. Hudson Line
7. The Happy End (The Drunk Room)
8. Goddess on a Hiway
9. The Funny Bird
10. Pick up If You're There
11. Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp


Anonymous said...

This album is simply sublime. Everyone should listen to Holes, a great song (and it's not the only one on this record). In french, REV can be heard as rêve wich means dream. And, in fact, this record is a wake up dream.

Mr Moodswings said...

I fully agree, obviously.
In my 90s top 10 and that says a lot!

Anonymous said...

HI personal favorite is funny bird.this track blows my brain ,although it reminds me paperwings a Barcley James Harvest's track.Anyway it's a great track