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Deserter's Songs

Mercury Rev

1998

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Deserter's Songs

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3.04

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This sounds like the Flaming Lips' lesser known cousin. A little bit more delicate, a little more misunderstood. I can envision someone putting this on in an apartment in 2004, taking a massive bong rip, sinking into a couch, and fantasizing about making out with Zooey Deschanel. Take that picture, put it inside a snow globe, add a healthy dusting of glitter, and you've got yourself this album. All kidding aside, this was a quite nice surprise, especially after the garbage lineup from last week. A little too precious at moments for me, so not a full fiver, but definitely gets me as hard as a leaked Zooey Deschanel nudie.

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J'ai bien aimé Deserter's Songs même si le sujet abordé me paraît assez léger. Cet album raconte l'histoire d'un jeune lycéen fumant des chichas goût double pomme un soir où ses parents sont sortis au cinéma. Après un geste maladroit, il renverse le charbon sur le parquet, qui se retrouve brûlé. Il décide alors de casser l'ampoule qui éclaire la chambre et de disposer ses morceaux sur la partie noircie du parquet. Ses parents rentrent vers minuit et découvrent avec stupéfaction les dégâts causés par la pipe à eau. Il ne croient pas un mot de ce que leur raconte leur fils, le chanteur des Mercury Rev, et lui ordonnent de faire ses valises et de quitter le domicile familial.

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4

This is probably Mercury Rev’s most popular record and for good reason. The amalgamation of alternative rock, pop tendencies and weirdo instrumentation is pretty great here. I had heard some Mercury Rev before this but never a full album, glad I listened to this one. Favorite song: Goddess on a Hiway Least favorite song: Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp

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4

Sounds like Flaming Lips a bit. (Turns out this album was being made in the same studio with the same producer as Soft Bulletin :0)

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Man, that's an album that feels dated. And not dated to 1998, when it came out, but dated to somewhere around the middle of the 60s. And not in a good way. I was going to give it a "meh" 3-star review but there were multiple saxophone solos which lost it another star.

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5

Holes alone is a 5.

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5

That was beautiful

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5

Very flaming lips

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5

That first song has some amazing vocals. His voice sounds a lot like a different singer I know who's name escaped my mind. Love the harmony of the music and the voice. It's quite soothing.

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5

I love this record. It’s nice to revisit it.

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5

Never heard this album before—maybe the first song on a Pandora station once. It was like Daniel Johnston and Flaming Lips but with better composition. Like the flaming lips simple but thick bass lines and drum beats filled the back end and twangy voices and guitars, saws, synths, theramyns filled the high end. A lot of weird but well made compositions, very fairytale fantasy, but also with an edge of darkness—a magic mushroom fantasy land. I would love to see this band live, their breakdowns and crescendos are something to behold, almost god speed you. Kitschy, odd, cool, psychedelic, playful, dark, satirical all words I’d use to describe this, all things I love. I want to ding them for “Opus 40s” melody being ripped off of the Beatles “Golden Slumbers” chorus. But I’m not. Added to the library and Unexpectedly a 5.

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5

fucking incredible

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5

Dónde ha estado este disco toda mi vida

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5

very good stuff i will listen to this bands other discography this was a good album!

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5

wonderful example of the nineties psychedelic/shoegaze pop. in the same vein as flaming lips and mazzy star. really enjoyed the spaced out instrumentation and ethereal textures. feels like im stoned or dead

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5

Magnificent from start to finish.

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5

Another band I was familiar with by name only so I had no idea what to expect from this Buffalo NY band - within 20 seconds I thought of the Flaming Lips (having been introduced to them by the otherworldly "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"). Apparently the two bands are or have been connected so I wasn't too far off... ...and in terms of immediate impact on me it is/was the same: I immediately had to stop what I was doing to listen to "Holes" which has a cinematic feel to it, almost visual in its melodies, which continues throughout the album. A vast array of instrumentation - strings, horns, woodwinds, keyboards - make each song consistently engaging; the songwriting keeps each song evolving. If there's a negative that I'm sure will be noted, it could be the fluttery and maybe... not-so-textbook lead vocals :D - I could definitely see that being a turnoff for some but instead for me it works perfectly with and for the music, bringing a vulnerability to the gorgeous and haunting melodies. Overall this is an amazing experience and - like many great albums - not too long at 45 minutes; like "Yoshimi..." before it this album was a revelation for me. If you look for something a bit different yet terrifically melodic and ultimately re-playable (assuming so - I'm on my 3rd spin of it today) this is an absolute keeper. 9/10 5 stars.

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5

that album was so gosh darn beautiful that I listened to it again immediately after finishing it the first time definitely one of those albums too good for me to rate it’s not my FAVORITE album but it’s absolutely in the top five its got so many diverse songs that hit that sweet spot of different genres I’m a sucker for Holes reminded me of Beach House I Collect Coins gave me major Caretaker vibes and The Funny Bird kinda sounded like Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy overall just such an incredible album I’ll try looking into their other stuff if it holds up the same quality

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5

Never heard this before - so good.

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5

I remember getting a dodgy copy of this out of curiosity from a lad at our school who'd got a CD burner, on the strength of Goddess on a Hiway. Holes, Tonite It Shows and Endlessly are a great opening trio, and open up this world of slightly pop, slightly odd miniature symphonic pop. It's so wonderful. I Collect Coins is a nice, slight palate cleanser after that, then Opus 40 is straight back with the beauty again. Then, finally, a did, with the bland Hudson Line. Then another palate cleanser with The Happy End - given its subtitle it's surprisingly enjoyable! Then the sublime Goddess on a Hiway. Just a perfect single. Every note, every play on words adds to it's slightly sinister beauty. It then goes very dark, and slightly less food for a couple of tracks, before going big and joyous to finish with Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp. All in all, a joyous, moving experience.

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5

very good, eclectic interesting sound. Very good with repeated plays.

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5

The half-sister of the Flaming Lips' 'The Soft Bulletin', I've had a soft spot for this album for many years. Delicate and emotive music that rises and falls, with Jonathan Donahue's feeble and vulnerable voice sitting beautifully amongst the quiet moments and riding the crescendos of the weirdly instrumented music. Listening with an objective and critical ear, it could be said that about half of the tracks are quite forgettable. However, as a piece it is much greater than the sum of its parts and is really quite sublime. Rating: 5/5 Playlist track: Goddess on a Hiway Date listened: 26/04/22

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5

Very chill, beautiful and an easy listen. I really liked this. Some of the songs here make me feel emotions that don't exist. "Goddess on a Hiway" was amazing, so were all the songs after it, finishing off with "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp". "I Collect Coins" reminds me of something and I can't put my finger on it.. really, there were no bad songs here. I don't have anything to complain about.

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4

i enjoyed this

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much better then I though it would be

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4

This helped me understood what made Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse so wonderful. The vocals took some getting used to. Certain instruments came across as cheap, especially the flutes at the beginning and some of the organ throughout. But while I can do without cheap flute, give me cheesy organ licks seven days a week.

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4

I had to double-take that this wasn't a Flaming Lips album. Recording history makes sense. Holes, Opus 40, and Goddess are particular highlights. Great album overall.

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4

This band flopped commercially and decided to make one album for themselves before breaking up, and this was the result. It grabbed my attention and didn't let go. There's a bit too much of the musical saw, and the singing is a bit weak, but they don't lack for heart, and it shines through. Not what I expected when I spun it up. Best track: Holes

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Ret spændende album. Nærmest som et film musik album til en Tim Burton film. Lugter lidt af Queen og har mange gode numre på. Kunne sagtens tåle et genlyt

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4

Surprisingly good, got lots of Pink Floyd vibes from the instrumental parts

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4

Another cool post-punk pre-alternative album. I thought this one was interesting. There are times when it sounds like Bruce Springsteen, albeit with much different subject matter. It's easy to see the seeds of a lot of the music I grew up with in the 90s in this album. It goes by really fast, but every song is solid 4/5

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4

floaty, ethereal. there were saws and possibly theramins at parts. really interesting album and I enjoyed it a lot.

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4

So cool!

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4

Didn’t have time to get all the way through but it was intriguingly weird. 3.75

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4

Like the flaming lips made sgt peppers. Very full sound with interesting choice of instruments

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4

Nice rock with character

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4

Not really my thing but it was good.

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I didn't appreciate this album at the time because I was 🤘 VERY METAL 🤘 but these days it really hits the spot. You could definitely make some Flaming Lips comparisons. Fave track - while "Goddess On A Hiway" and "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp" are contenders, I have to go with "Holes"..... so b e a u t i f u l . . .

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4

took me back. not sure that I'd ever actually listened to the whole thing

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4

Wasn’t expecting much, and didn’t get much from the early album. But the second half really turned it up! Loved the way it moved between genres. Excited to play this again

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4

A lot of it sounded cool and sad but I lost interest in most of the sound just over halfway through. 7

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4

8/10. Really chill, and pleasant to listen to. Had some fairly interesting instrumental sections. Lyrics were present when they needed to be, and were well written when they were present.

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4

love this - still have cd in the car

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4

Beautiful album. Sounds as fresh as it did back in 1998.

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4

Very nice, fantastic background music to listen to while working. I'll save and re-listen to the album for that purpose. Still 4 and not 5 stars, because after one listen I find it hard to recall much of the music apart from that it was enjoyable.

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4

I love being surprised. This is very good.

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4

Loved it.

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4

Beautiful, lush orchestral indie with a good variety of songs and sounds.

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4

beautiful - psychedelic and fun. love the trumpets, so pretty. feels like a mix of shoegaze and American folk music. good to work to!

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4

needs a second listen

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Le générateur est en réelle perte de vitesse en ce moment, Nikos parlerait même de "bad buzz" pour l'outil de Robert. A suivre.

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4

I dig how cinematic a lot of these arrangements are. I totally hear the similarities to The Soft Bulletin, it’s like they’re two sides to the same coin. Very cool.

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4

Nice little gem here from Mercury Rev. They're often compared to a mellower Flaming Lips which is understandable. Some great post rock, psychadelic song-writing and melodies here and Holes, Goddess on a hiway and Opus 40 are highlights.

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4

Spotify has sent me "Holes" a few times in the last year & I had Goddess on the Highway on high rotation back in the day. The rest I hadn't heard. I'm impressed with the arrangements/orchestration and background vocalists. I like the blend of electronic and traditional instrumentation - and it seems like the members of The Band influenced the sound - although I'm sure mostly in my mind, since they only played on two tracks. The song-writing is great, The Funny Bird is epic, and I may have given a higher score with a stronger lead vocals.

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4

Some really great moments on the album that overshadow some of the lesser “trippy” elements

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4

Great vocals. Smooth vocals and harmony. Chamber pop indeed. Loved the use of strings.

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4

We had not heard of this band. Some really neat moments, very Beatles inspired, but some parts were a bit uninspired - they could have added more variation and countermelodies instead of more theremin.

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4

A great surprise

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I did not expect that... good album.

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4

Very good early indie rock. Not perfect, but a fun ride.

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4

yeah mostly enjoyed this. Goddess on a highway is one of my all time tunes, rest is a 2/3 out of 5 so 3.5

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Melodic, and somewhat eccentric musically as well as lyrically sort of imposing a feel that it is a time for stories. While it certainly is not Pink Floyd, one cannot at the least make a weak comparison before dismissing the idea altogether as rubbish, and then have an existential crisis of why this happened at all. Given how a flute is featured pretty heavily, one almost feels a bit offended when they resort to whistling on "Opus 40" but whatever. The flute is actually quite nice, contributing heavily, if not entirely, to the melodic tendencies of the band. "The Happy End" did end up including a saxophone but in the minimum effective dose, which this listener is grateful for. There are moments of obvious repetitiveness, speaking to the rise of experimental rock that one might have encountered within the independent rock scene in the late 90s, "The Happy End" being an example of that in its final minute(s). Overall, the album is pretty good. Music is a prime example of where its beauty is certainly in the ear of its listener. Mercury Rev's "Deserter's Songs" is a beautiful album but if it were to be accused of being bored, one could understand why someone else may feel that way and not hold it against them.

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4

Very Tim Burton-esque soundscapes. Their formula wears a little thin in the middle, but the album is better than I remember it.

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Scrapes a 4, mainly for nostalgia

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Kolejny ciekawy albumik na liscie, tym razem cos bardziej rokowego, ale dosyc eksperymentalnego, wiec idealnie wpisuje sie w alternatywe lat 90, jak czwarty album w dyskografii bandy Mercury Rev, pochodzacej ze stanu nowy york, plyta wydana w 98, to skad pochodzi banda ma znaczenie, bo w liryce przemyconych jest sporo nawiazan do danych miejsc, wiec tutaj jakies skalki sie pojawiaja, tam linie pociagowe, no i najwazniejsze, nie jest to kolejny brytyjski album zalany synthami, ktore ustepuja na tym materiale miejsca bardziej symfonicznym brzmieniom, wiec pojawiaja sie zarowno smyczki, flety i przedziwne instrumenty ktorych nazwy widze pierwszy raz w zyciu, a buduja one klimat niesamowitej dziwnosci, ktory wydaje sie byc motywem przewodnim nagrania, dla ktorego inspiracja mialy byc tale spinners for children, wiec opowiadania bajeczek z orkiestra robiaca do nich muzyke, dodatkowo album powstawal po komercyjnym fiasku poprzednich plyt, wiec rownie dobrze moglo to byc ostatnie bandy, wiec z takiej depresji Jonathan Donahue, ktory jest autorem prawie wszystkich tekstow i glownym wokalem, postawil na proste brzmienie, ktore bedzie mialo w sobie cos filmowego, bo momentami, zwlaszcza tymi calkowicie instrumentalnymi slucha sie tego jak jakiegos tajemnicznego soundtracka, moze to przez niecodziene wykorzystanie tasmy filmowej jako nosnika nagraniowego, bo jest cos unikalnego w dzwieku tego nagrania, co najlepiej slychac na dobrej jakosci flaku prosto z soulseeka, 3 kawalki na plycie to instrumentale, wiec jesli wczoraj byl albumik, ktory skupia sie wokol liryki, tak dzisiaj strona instrumentalna zdaje sie byc ta wazniejsza, ku mojej niespodziance album ukazal sie rowniez w wersji instrumentalnej, wiec widze, ze moje odczucia nie byly osamotnione, bo same instrumentale moga robic za dzielo same w sobie w tym wypadku, po guglowaniu dziwnych gatunkow wyszlo, ze deserterowe songi mozna takze przepchnac jako chamber pop, wiec muzyka popularna, ale bogata o przemyslne kompozycje oparte o wieloinstrumentalne brzmienia rodem z wystepow orkiestrowych, co dosc dobrze oddaje kompozycje tego krazka, ciezko sie doszukac jaki byl sklad bandy podczas nagran, ale wydaje mi sie, zespol posiada czterech glownych czlonkow, wspomnianego Donahue, Grasshoppera i Chandlera i Dave Fridmanna, ten ostatni razem z Donahue wyprodukowal albumik, a jest to ta sama osoba ktora czuwala nad sukcesem MGMT oraz ich oracular spectacular, wiec wiadomo skad takie ciekawe podejscie do dzwieku, z plejkowych pickow dodam 3 najbardziej popowe songi, ktore wedlug spotifaja sa takze jednymi z najlepiej odtwarzanych piosenek zespolu, a bedzie to otwierajacy kawalek holes, opus 40 i goddess on hiway, czuje jakby ostatnio za duzo dobrej muzyki losowalo, ale to przeciez lista topowych albumikow, wiec slabych zawodnikow nie ma zbyt wielu, chyba ze synthy wyspiarskie

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Delicate without being wishy washy. Weird without being too 'experimental'

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12/13/2021 Today's Album: "Deserter's Songs" by Mercury Rev - This album is incredibly interesting. It sort of reads like if the Moody Blues did a psychedelic rock album along the lines of the Flaming Lips or Ween. It's very colorful and full of life and rich instrumentation at some moments, and in others it can get simply haunting or scary. The ambient track "I Collect Coins" almost like Everywhere at the End of Time, with crackly ballroom music with creepy chord progressions. I was road tripping when it came on and it literally made the world feel fake for a second. This album is definitely very backloaded, with a lot of the best songs being on the second half. The album really kicks off with Opus 40, with a really fun psyche pop song with some fun vocals and soloing. Hudson Line is a very similar mood, almost feeling like a rock version of a Paul Simon type song. Goddess on a Hiway is a nice swinging rock track with lots of ringing bells and a really solid chorus. The Funny Bird is a killer song just strictly talking about the performances and solos, but I'm not crazy about the vocals (which are fortunately in about only a quarter of the track). Pick Up If You're There is another ambient this track, but this one has these really cool synth lines and piano chords. It almost feels like if treefingers by Radiohead was good. Finally, Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp is a great finisher to this album. Although, I could see how the ending could be annoying to some. To me, it was probably extremely weird and innovative at the time, but now it just sounds like random bits of penis music. Its actually hilarious. This album overall has some really good tracks, but a lot of it seemed like it was trying too hard to be experimental and it didn't really pan out. The first few songs also drag on a bit long and are a lil too samey. Score: 7/10 Weak start but solid finish. Overal decent. Highlights: Opus 40, Goddess on a Hiway, Pick Up If You're There, Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp.

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4

I can't really detach this from the halcyon days of XFM etc. Still a good 'un.

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4

I liked this, pretty good 90s rock with some good songs.

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4

I really enjoyed this & will be spending more time with it! There is some very beautiful music in here- especially liked Tonite it Shows, the poetry that is the lyrics of Opus 40 & highlight for me is Endlessly. So melodic, it's the sound birds make when twirling around Cinderella or Snow White's beautiful kind head. And I've spent so many hours playing the eerie melody that is Silent Night just so lovely.

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4

Great album. Really like the arrangements and instrumentation used on the songs

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Singende Säge und Weihnachts-Kiffness. Teils mit den Flaming Lips zu verwechseln, aber dafür dann doch noch mehr Kautz statt Hubba Bubba mit Hang zur tiefgründigen und doch nicht völlig überfrachteten Soundschichtung. Live an einem Primavera Sonntag haben sie alle müden Feierzombies in eine warme und liebevolle Umarmung geschmiegt 3.5

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4

Please come back, we like you

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4

Enjoyed this one. Bit hit and miss but the hit was pretty cool.

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4

I've heard a couple of tracks at the time on the radio and liked them but never listened to the whole album until now but it's quirky and upbeat. I can understand the singers voice might grate for some but I think it works in the context of the band. Wildly differing tracks and sounds (eg: listen right to the end of Delta Sub) but I kinda think it hangs together ok. Favourite tracks Holes (love the theramin), Goddess and Funny Bird.

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4.3 - What an exciting discovery! I never knew "The Soft Bulletin" has a sister album. The parallels between the two records is undeniable. I heard it from the beginning not knowing much about "Deserter's Songs." David Fridmann's discography is vast and impressive. The flow of this album is amazing, from gently orchestrated pop songs to instrumentals featuring theramin. It's dense with atmosphere and explores a vast emotional landscape.

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4

I really like Mercury Rev. If anything more than Flaming Lips who they share much of their DNA with....and production duties. This album is their poppiest and the songs never outstay their welcome and are enjoyably melodious.

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4

How is the album almost 25 years old? Gosh. I knew the singles from back in the day, but never really explored the album. My loss. Holes and Goddess remain outstanding. Such quality, crafted songs. The understated vocals draw you in. Quality listening.

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3

Neat alt album, lots of Flaming Lips and some Phish vibes.

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Tunnelma sopi perjantaihin ja kuunteli hyvillä mielin. Ei kuitenkaan tarjonnut ihmeitä joten ei mene jatkoon.

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3

This was alright. I liked some of the folksy aspects but didn’t care for others. It sounds better when you’re half listening to it.

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3

Enjoyed the last song the most. The rest was just smooth listening, uninteresting tunes.

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3

I enjoyed 2nd half of the album much more than the first.

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3

Interesting listen... Don't enjoy it much

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3

Not really cohesive (probably the point), but good songs overall

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3

Kinda off-kilter? Not quite ethereal, but not quite percussive and steady either. Later songs were better than the start, that's for sure.

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3

Surprised this is my first time ever hearing this- beautiful music and very eclectic compositions. Lots of unique sounds heard in every song. Last song is great, but ends with a weird hidden track... Highlights: Hudson Line Goddess On A Hiway

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3

Neo-psychedelic pop, really a 3.5 star, precursor to the flaming lips

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3

It's pretty cool and reminds me of a Flaming Lips type sounds. I particularly liked the aggressive noise of Funny Bird.

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I thought I had never heard of this band, but Holes sounds really familiar. Either way, I love that first track and listened to it 3 times before proceeding with the rest of the album. Is that a theramin? Whatever it is, love that high pitched note that adds eerieness to the songs. Sounds like a soundtrack to a good indie-movie. Sexy Saxophone? Lots of instruments and sounds experiments happening. Radiohead-like? Goddess on a Hiway is just a great pop song.

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3

I thought these songs were the flaming lips. Like the instrumentation.

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I had never heard of these guys, so I listened to this with some interest. It was fine, but forgettable.

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3

Not often you get rock albums with someone playing the saw. Basically a flaming lips album from an alternate reality.

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3

There were some good songd, but I didn’t find it album entertaining from start to end. A little dull in the vibe it is selling.

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3

The Beatles but kinda darker.

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- It’s goofy, light-hearted. Reminds me of mgmt a bit. - Not a fan of the voice initially - feels like there’s a story intertwined in the songs. Cinematic/ less musical parts - liked goddess of the hiway - relistening to some of the songs got me more into the sound/ voice

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Opus 40 like Pachelbel's Canon then going into Beatles' Carry That Weight. 'Endlessly' using whistling theremin to a track that sounds like Silent Night. Hudson Line, nice sax intro and musical interlude, but otherwise a disapoontingly repetitive and uninspiring track and similarly with Holes. I started off thinking I might quite enjoy this album but then started getting bored. Goddess on a Hiway was an enjoyable track, but more theremin? Really? Isn't The Happy End like the kind of shit you have to listen to when you're doing a music degree? Finally got pissed off with this album. I liked the sad retro vibe of I Collect Coins but that was about the best of it. Tonite it Shows reminiscent of Hushaby Mountain. Getting a generous 3 stars from me.

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3

never heard of them in my life so very intrigued < > not bad. Liked the higher voices and the weird musical instruments for the most part

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I was so ready to hate this album solely based off of the band's picture on Spotify. The dude with the soul patch looks like the kind of guy who would see a woman in a band t-shirt and ask her to name 5 songs or she's a poser. And then they hit me with a totally different vibe. Honestly they kind of sound like a knock off Flaming Lips, or at least the lead singer sounds like a knock off Wayne Coyne. Then I learned some of the members worked on early Flaming Lips albums, and then that made a little more sense. I more enjoyed the songwriting than I did any of the music, it seemed to just blend in the background for me. To be honest, not going to listen to this again but I wasn't angry I heard it.

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"You had to choose, a side to lose, and divide yourself in two The way you were, long before, you were a walking civil war But you forget, where the road goes, and tonite it shows" (Tonite it shows)

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3

Some good songs, but got really weird at some points

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I didn’t entirely dislike it but this wasn’t great. The vocal performance and lyrics were pretty weak, overall it felt pretty mopey, and the last song was just annoying. 5/10

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3

Disappointed

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3

Never heard of this band before. Quite liked the first few songs but then got a bit bored of it before the end.

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3

First few tracks are nice but it got a bit much after a while. I think I could really enjoy this if I'm in the right mood

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3

I liked this

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This type of music is a blend of Bob Dylan with more dreamy/exploratory sound. It's good, but I wouldn't listen to it again.

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3

not really my style, but not bad

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Meh

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3.7

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Okay, nothing that made me want to listen again but not horrible

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3

Weird but fun

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Initial reaction was that I was going to hate it but it actually grew on me by the end

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3

Another fun album

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Good album, a bit softer for my Rock tastes, but very listenable. I like the variety of different instruments in it. Favorite song was Goddess on a Hiway, followed by Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp. 3.4/5.0

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3

Interesting sound.

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3

Nice, but with the exception of one song - not that special (hope the band members won't read this)

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3

Didn't hate it. Liked the last song in particular, but at the same time it didn't really grab me.

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3

It was fine

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3

Chilled out with a hint of the flaming lips

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3

Hadnt listened to this for a long time and it was fun to return with some great individual tracks that were well worth a revisit. Not sure the whole thing works but at least its trying to be a little inventive.

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I rarely listen to bands described as "pranksters", so except for 1001's suggestion, would never have listened to this album. It's actually decent - I'll probably give it a second listen sooner than later. But it's not added to my library.

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3

An intriguing sound, in a similar vein to The Flaming Lips. I love the vibe of the songwriting, but the singer's voice isn't really my thing.

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3

Chillaxing. Still sounds good now.

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3

Nettes Album, aber nicht ganz „mein Ding“

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i actually quite liked this album. i thought it was interesting and deep. 3.5/5? i feel like there isn’t much to say, i didn’t think i’d like it but i did.

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3

Very new agey. Interesting but not my favorite.

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I had never heard of this band before today. It definitely does have a Flaming Lips vibe going on. The opener is pretty damn good followed by mixed results. I could see myself returning to this one in the future. It could be a grower. As of right now I'd rather just listen to Holes and then put on a preferred Flaming Lips album if I was looking for something like this.

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3

1st track bittersweet and beautiful, a bit like Spiritualized etc but with the cosy quaint voice of someone more like Ira Kaplan or smth. Good instrumentation - it's varied and sort of like classic mellatron and sort of like Divine Comedy orchestration. Some of the swelling strings are like the sentimental bits of Grizzly Bear. Third track is like McCartney meets Incredible String Band meets Joe Meek it's sort of corny but cool. Fourth track is lovely tapey piano and mellotrony warble. It's quite nice and good for the background, it's main character-y lol.

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3

Little too sad for me, but it’s good.

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I enjoyed this album.

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It's the air of depression made with a mellotron, flugelhorns, female whistling, tettix wave accumulator, chamberlin strings, yeh you get my point. A formulaic attempt to get 5/5 from NME.

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3

Mercury Rev and their album Deserter's Songs were new to me. I liked the album. The album definitely had a sound that reminded me of some of the alternative music from the 90s. The first track ("Holes") had definite Flaming Lips vibes, and by the end of the album I was reminded of Sigur Rós. Was there something in this album that reminded me of Modest Mouse? I dunno. "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp" was the individual track that got my highest rating, and ""The Happy End (The Drunk Room)” got my lowest. Overal the album was good, but I'm not sure if I'll remember to come back to the albumfor a second listen any time soon. I'd be happy to listen to another suggestion from this band.

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3

3 stars. A lot of variety. Maybe too much

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3

Ambient sort of music

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I really love some of the songs here and some are just musical seesaw instrumentals

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3

Not on Spotify

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3

Another band I’ve heard of but never listened to. Eclectic (possibly to a fault) and I could do without the wild theremin forays (or whatever electronic noise generation gizmos were at play) but some really strong parts too and worth further exploration.

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3

A grower. Not great, but the good songs are BRILLIANT.

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3

Not too bad. Not too good. Would listen to if on

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Can't say I feel too special for pointing out how eerily they sound to Flaming Lips, from the etheral instrumental to vocal style. I wouldn't question it if you told me "Holes" was actually Flaming Lips. It's a lovely dreamy style for us fans of traditional pop and chamber pop. The songs were memorable and pleasant, especially with all the unique strings and other instruments (a saw?) The instrumental tracks were decent interludes to divide the experience. I was only impressed by two tracks. Besides the unique instruments, the lackluster performer failed to satiate me, especially when compared to the crazy psychedelia of Flaming Lips. I do appreciate their efforts to get wild in "The Funny Bird." I would enjoy listening to this again, especially as background music.

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This was not what I was expecting. I had in my mind that Mercury Rev were the kind of boring, semi-corporate quasi-indie band that proliferated int he late 90s and early 2000s, and with which I was (and continue to be) bored by. But, when I started playing this record, I recognized the songs Holes, which si a a woozier, more interesting song than I was expecting. The connections to te Flaming Lips are significant, and this album (jin many ways) was the first of that late 90s softly psychedelic, quirky rock (possibly twee?) that followed,d especially centred around the production of Dave Friedman (flamings Lips, Tame Impala, Pond, etc). I liked some of the records that followed more than this, but I can see how this was instrumental in breaking the way through and showing that music like this could be commercially viable. I admire that they made it for themselves, as this was highly unfashionable at the time, personal, and quirky. It certainly did not resemble much on the charts at the time Some critics have accused this of having some strong songs (Holes, Opus 40, Goddess on the Hiway), and some filler. I don't mind the "filler". It's different and weirdly produced, even if somewhat unmemorable. I really am on the line of 3 or 4 starts, but, in my heart of hearts, I wished this rocked just a little more, and his voice gets on my tit after a while, , so I am putting it in as a three, on the understanding that this is clear 3.5.

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3

Good composition. This album was similar to flaming lips with some composition through in

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As a 90's alternative fan, this just fit my sensibilities. How had I never heard this band/album before? The question behind the album's sound... what would a late 90's alternative band on an asteroid belt mining rig sound like? It's belter music influenced by some mixed tapes salvaged a passed down that contains Nirvana, Jane's Addition, Moist, and Chemical Brothers.

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The list described this as Neil Young fronting Pink Floyd, but to me it sounds more like sad, somber Flaming Lips. Dece.

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This is so good 4 for "Holes" and "I Collect Coins" "Endlessly" was pretty good too 3

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2

Bläh

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Couldn’t find a way in.

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Sounds like the soundtrack to a shitty whimsical movie. Singer's voice is grating.

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Zzzzzz.... Repetitive and boring. There was a reason that I didn’t like this band. Now I remember it

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Totaal niet mijn smaak maar wel bijzondere pop en stem

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Very 'experimental style of music. Definitely not to my taste but if your looking for something quite different then this might be your thing.

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meh

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Sad, calming but beats felt robotic

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I'm probably failing on some muso front, but this one wasn't really for me 🙈

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Blah, didn't enjoy. Didn't like the wobbly theramine noises in a lot of the songs, thought they sounded pretentious.

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Some good tracks but veers to much into wacky stuff that gets tiresome.

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Cant really get into this. Ethereal in a weird way.

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I really didn't love this album. I thought it was pretty monotonous and not super interesting. It felt like a middle school-esque angst type of album.

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Bit too twee

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I’ve heard of Mercury Rev, but had never actually heard them until today. Inoffensive gentle pop with orchestral flair. The music of first four songs had a slow melancholy vibe - the kind of background music to be played after the funeral but before the burial as friends and family mill around the cemetery. (That said, lyrics don’t really fit that vibe: “Holes, dug by little moles, angry jealous Spies, got telephones for eyes”) // The album starts to wake up on “Opus 40” I enjoyed “The Goddess on the Highway” and “The Happy Bird”, but that may be because they were such an improvement over the previous material. There is also a hidden (?) track of art/noise/rock after the end of “Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp”. Unnecessary.

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Boring and inoffensive. I listened to it around 1.5 times skipping around and kept forgetting I had it on in the background.

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Meh

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In the interest of time, and not rambling on negatively, I'll borrow from Hady's reaction to this album: "Disney karaoke". My reaction: "if the Flaming Lips were normal drama kids in HS and didn't have wild ass Steve Drodz". C-

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- worship or leave it

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Mmmm. Going between 2 and 3 but going to round it down.

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Good band ruined by a dreadfully weak singer.

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Lots of high pitched squealing/whistling noises. Very annoying.

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The funny bird was nice, added it to a playlist, but I just couldn't gel with this album

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Not my favorite. Good elements, something felt off though.

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Despite the very interesting history behind this album, it did literally nothing for me. Hell, I have forgotten what the first song even sounded like as I listen to the last song on the album. I mean, there is nothing about this album that sticks with me or will cause me to want to listen to any of its tracks in the future. "Not my thing" doesn't go nearly far enough in covering it.

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Rating: 4/10

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Forgettable

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For whatever reason, I thought Mercury Rev was an industrial band..perhaps a Ministry side-project or something. Initially, I was pleasantly surprised to be served a fat slice of psych-pop. "Holes" is a catchy track that reminded me of some early Flaming Lips--a quick wikipedia-hole later and it turns out 3 of their members have been involved with the Flaming Lips (the more you know 🌈). Loving the spooky vibe on "Endlessly" and "I Collect Coins". And then, "Hudson Line" happens where some cheesy sax, guitar, organ (?), etc. solos just demolish the dreamscape vibe. The album blew it in the 2nd half. The Atlanta Falcons of albums. PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPERBOWL. At least the last track was goofy as hell. ⭐⭐

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I listened at night and thought it was a little too ambient so tried again today. Same answer.  I flipped the first few songs  to a friend and asked what she thought. She said it sounded like a wave of music designed to be played  for your plants to listen to. I wasn't aware of such a genre but the first few songs seem to fit in nicely.  The beginning was painfully ambient but  I like some of the tunes  when they pick it up a bit. Examples: Opus 40 and Hudson Line. Happy End transitions to experimental / avant garde which didn't work for me. Overall,  most of it isn't rocking my boat. 

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There are several stunning compositions and brave production decisions throughout this album, but they're overshadowed by odd interludes and a cheese factor that's hard to shake and dates the LP heavily.

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2/5 not quite enough

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Does nothing for me and the singers voice is highly irritating. I was happy to listen to the instrumental aspect of this until the Funny Bird topped me over the edge in pure frustration.

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A merry curve from the norm. Very Flamings Lips-ish, but not quite as entertaining

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Very weird, a few songs I enjoyed, but mostly a lot of strange stuff that didn't work for me.

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Ridiculous.

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This is the fourth album from the rock band Mercury Rev, and was not expected to be a hit for the band, after their previous album was a flop. Because of this, the band tried new experimental sounds using classical instruments and a lot of instrumental parts on songs. This paid off, and the album became popular soon after release. It goes to show, that producing what you love - and are interested in - is better than adhering to commercial influences. The music was pretty chill and even gloomy for a rock band, but most critics loved the unique sound. I also liked the weirdness of this album, even if the music is not my normal choice.

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Omfg this guy's voice is awful. Theremin. More theremin. Yeah, this isn't my thing. Not unlisten-to-able, not no discernable merit.

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Don’t really know Mercury Rev. I knew Holes but was only half-aware it was by them. And from the voice on that track, I assumed they were a comedy / pastiche band. And I still have that feeling as I listen to the tracks after Holes. The melody of Tonight It Shows made me initially think it was a cover of Stairway To Heaven. And I just don’t like that voice (sounds put-on). The high register (which in places sounds like someone playing a saw) and the fragments of popular and throwaway tunes do nothing to change this perception. I don’t find the album offensive, and it does have a old time Hollywood movie / dreamy quality in places. But call me a misery - music is music and this type of silliness is not what I look for in a band or album that I would choose to sit down & spend much time with.

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Medioker

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not my thing

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1 2 3 I don't could listen to this album. I got really bored.

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Poor Mans Dark Side Of The Moon. Was stoned and had to turn it off due to it annoying the ever living shit out of me. The screeching and horrible attempt at "Alien" sound or whatever you call it was an unwelcome experience. Would not recommend.If i could give 0 stars I would

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Crap

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Good dream pop, but nothing really special. Nice fundation to the genre

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God awful. Can sort of see what they were trying achieve, I think. Picked up a bit midway through, but really overall just not interested in this. Not for me. 1/5

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Album starts as a unique indie song that is good. Everything after that is nothing special and a bit too indie for my taste. Overall not really pleased. 2.9/10

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This is a tough album to listen to. I find the vocals almost unbearable to enjoy, that being said musically some of the songs arrangements sound fantastic. A couple songs belong in the background of a Zelda game and others, an 80s adult film (Hudson Line). I’ll likely never listen to this album again unless it’s playing in the next shop I have to buy a new tunic from in Zelda.

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Is this actual music, or the soundtrack to Plan 9 From Outer Space? COOL IT WITH THE FUCKING THEREMIN! Would not recommend.

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A struggle. Like a poor man’s Flaming Lips

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Sé qué es un clásico y la madre pero a mí me dejo casi todo muy indeferente. Me gustaron 4 canciones.

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First album I couldn't finish. A couple songs were okay, but not strong enough to redeem the album. It feels like TV music

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Good ambience on a few songs, like the intro “Holes”. Most other songs didn’t grab my attention.

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