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Deserter's Songs

Mercury Rev

1998

Deserter's Songs

Album Summary

Deserter's Songs is the fourth studio album by rock band Mercury Rev, released in late September 1998. British music magazine NME named Deserter's Songs album of the year for 1998. Limited edition copies of the album came in a brown cardboard envelope-like package, with a stamp on the cover postmarked with the release date, as well as two art postcards. The success of this album was a pleasant surprise for the band. After the commercial failure of their previous album See You on the Other Side, which frontman Jonathan Donahue considered to be the band's best album, they decided to make one more record entirely for themselves, ignoring commercial influences, and expecting to split up shortly afterward. Surprisingly, Deserter's Songs was their most successful album, and made them big celebrities in the UK and Europe, also making a smaller mark in the US.

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3.05

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4801

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Indie
  • Shoegaze
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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

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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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 01 2021
5

Holes alone is a 5.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
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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Sun Jan 17 2021
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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Wed Apr 13 2022
2

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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Tue Sep 22 2020
5

That was beautiful

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Very flaming lips

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Fri Mar 19 2021
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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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

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

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Tue Apr 27 2021
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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Mon May 17 2021
5

fucking incredible

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Dónde ha estado este disco toda mi vida

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Fri Jul 02 2021
5

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

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Mon Aug 23 2021
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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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Magnificent from start to finish.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
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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Sun Dec 19 2021
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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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Never heard this before - so good.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
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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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

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

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Wed Apr 27 2022
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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Fri May 20 2022
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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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

Genius album one of the finest.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Had MR down as a fairly experimental band. Their previous albums were fine, but then they suddenly came up with a highly accessible pop album. Perfect sequencing. Perfect atmosphere and very strong song-writing. My favourite record from 1998.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

Kind of a Tim Burton twist on The Flaming Lips. I like.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

WOW. This hit much harder than I anticipated. Dynamic, perfectly sequenced, powerful, interesting, emotional. Can't believe I'd never heard of them before. I was going to write about how they share the same vibe as the Flaming Lips, but then I read their wikipedia page and saw that was way more accurate than I could have thought!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Absolutely loved this, great discovery for me, thank you

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

This album is what I think psychedelic sound like, the great combination of instruments and the changes in the voice give it a beautiful sound. The first song alone it's great, however the following songs are just good too. In between some songs there are some recordings that gives the album a more natural look.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
5

An album which grows greater the older it gets. The links with The Band are clear here - Levon Helm appears on one track - with this an updated ghost tour through American history. I like to imagine they're driving through deserted gas stations and tumble down wooden shops on Highway 66.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

WOW. the website made a strong first impression. holy wow. how is this totally my shit...? wowza.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
4

i enjoyed this

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Tue Oct 06 2020
4

much better then I though it would be

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Tue Oct 27 2020
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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Thu Oct 01 2020
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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Sun Jan 03 2021
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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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

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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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

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

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Wed May 05 2021
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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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

So cool!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Nice rock with character

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Not really my thing but it was good.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 28 2021
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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Mon Jul 12 2021
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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Mon Jul 12 2021
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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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

love this - still have cd in the car

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Mon May 31 2021
4

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

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Sun Jul 04 2021
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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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

I love being surprised. This is very good.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Loved it.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

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

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Mon May 10 2021
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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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

needs a second listen

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

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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Fri Jul 23 2021
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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Tue Jul 27 2021
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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Tue Jul 27 2021
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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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

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

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

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

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Fri Aug 20 2021
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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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

A great surprise

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

I did not expect that... good album.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

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

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Wed Sep 29 2021
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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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

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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Fri Nov 05 2021
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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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Scrapes a 4, mainly for nostalgia

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

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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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 07 2022
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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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

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

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

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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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Please come back, we like you

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 07 2022
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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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

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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Wed Apr 27 2022
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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Fri May 06 2022
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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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

An absolutely gorgeous album, perfectly paced, beautifully produced / orchestrated and songs that are so full of beautiful melodies that stay with you. I was introduced to Mercury Rev through All is Dream and I still think it is the stronger album overall but the higher high points belong to Desserters Songs. 4.5 🌟

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

First Time Listen and I am quietly impressed, Some lovely tunes in an understated way here. Good use of the Theremin throughout. Can see links to Wayne Coyne and Flaming Lips here, really lovely album. I particularly liked "Holes" "Endlessly" "Hudson Line" and Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

An absolutely gorgeous album, perfectly paced, beautifully produced / orchestrated and songs that are so full of beautiful melodies that stay with you. I was introduced to Mercury Rev through All is Dream and I still think it is the stronger album overall but the higher high points belong to Desserters Songs. 4.5 🌟

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Was I a mercury rev fan in the 90’s? Maybe one of my siblings or friends? Why’s does this sound so good and so relatable? Why does this sound like a memory long lost?

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

highlights: sounds goofy sometimes -tonite it snows -i collect coins -endlessly -goddess on a highway least fav: what was than end -delta sun bottleneck stomp -pick up if you're there (goofy ahh violin) liked: i guess? there's something off with instrumentals, some great bangers but overall kinda indifferent

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

A bit similar to The Flaming Lips, which should make sense since some people on here would do some work for that group. Most of the songs here are very solid and worth checking out. Favorites: "Holes", "Endlessly", "Goddess on a Hiway"

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Sat Jul 16 2022
4

4/5 best - tonite it shows worst - the happy end (the drunk room) the funny bird is by far the best instrumentally but by far the worst vocally.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Nice variety in music, very whimsical at parts. A ton of different moods and sounds and instruments.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

A slow burner of an album, deserves repeated listening to realise how well crafted this collection of songs are. A mixture of influences, slightly psychedlic pop at times, but also traces of everything from Prefab Sprout to Black Keys.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

I liked it. The weird voice was entertaining, would listen again.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

dásemd

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

These songs are really good and really artistic, its slightly above average but i feel like it could've done more

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Enjoyed this chamber pop album a lot, it was very ethereal.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

Speciaal album met veel kleine gekheidjes. Het is er aan te horen dat ze dit echt voor zichzelf maakten, en dat maakt het zo goed.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
4

Un 4 por Goddess on a Hiway. Igual un 5 al single, pero al disco entero no.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Surprisingly solid album that is great for chilling out.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

There are some really nice tunes on here

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

I have never heard of Mercury Rev before. This is a treat. I love how comforting the arrangements are. Opus 40 stands out to me with it's warm glow. Some experiments are taken on tracks like The Happy End, which kind of take me out of the groove that Mercury Rev had built up to that point, but for pacing purposes it helps break up the monotony. Overall, Deserter's Songs is a tender, thoughtful album. I enjoyed it all, including it's weirdness.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

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

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Mon May 10 2021
3

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

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Sun Feb 28 2021
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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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

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

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Wed May 19 2021
3

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

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Interesting listen... Don't enjoy it much

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

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

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Fri Feb 12 2021
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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Fri May 21 2021
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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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

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

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Sat May 01 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

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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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

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

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 12 2021
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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Thu Jul 15 2021
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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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

The Beatles but kinda darker.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
3

- 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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Mon Jan 18 2021
3

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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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

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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Tue May 25 2021
3

"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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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Some good songs, but got really weird at some points

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

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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Wed May 19 2021
3

Disappointed

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Tue Jun 22 2021
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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Sat Apr 24 2021
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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Mon May 31 2021
3

I liked this

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Sat May 22 2021
3

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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Fri May 21 2021
3

not really my style, but not bad

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Meh

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Mon May 10 2021
3

3.7

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Thu May 13 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

Weird but fun

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

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

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Another fun album

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

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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Sat Aug 07 2021
3

Interesting sound.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

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

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Mon Aug 23 2021
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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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

It was fine

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Chilled out with a hint of the flaming lips

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Thu Oct 21 2021
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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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 05 2021
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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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Chillaxing. Still sounds good now.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

abbey road + death cab for cutie + Illinois 3.5

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Nettes Album, aber nicht ganz „mein Ding“

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Very new agey. Interesting but not my favorite.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

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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Fri Dec 31 2021
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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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

Little too sad for me, but it’s good.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

I enjoyed this album.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

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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Thu Jan 20 2022
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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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

3 stars. A lot of variety. Maybe too much

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Ambient sort of music

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Not on Spotify

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Fri Apr 01 2022
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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Mon Apr 25 2022
3

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

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Sun May 01 2022
3

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

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Sun May 08 2022
3

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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Mon May 09 2022
3

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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Fri May 13 2022
3

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

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Fri May 13 2022
3

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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Wed May 18 2022
3

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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Fri May 27 2022
3

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

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Really liked the first song, definitely has some Sparklehorse and Flaming Lips vibes. However much of the other songs are kind of misses for me, not sure I loved the execution. I dig the concept though.

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Apparently the similarity to The Flaming Lips I was hearing was no coincidence, since Donahue was a former member. I want to like this because the music seems deep and meaningful, but the wandering vocal delivery and doofy orchestration are irritating.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

pretty groovy

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Un d'aquests discos suposadament obres mestres i que no passen de ser un meritori exercici d'art des de la depressió. La voluntat i el que envolta els objectius del disc solen encumbrar-lo més enllà del que realment és: un bon disc de psicodèlia noventera, amb una veu molt característica, uns arranjaments amb classe i dos grans temes, 'Opus 40' i 'Goddess on a Higway'

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

I like that album. Very much a mellower Flaming Lips that highlights the best parts.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

Nice music, very ethereal sounding and soothing

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Rock-pop alternativo. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

I enjoyed this. Interesting and eclectic. 3 stars.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Not my favorite, had a hard time getting into it

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

first listen quirky and chambery, but also boring?

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

3.5/5

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Part ‘90s alternative part turn of the shoegaze there’s some real interesting stuff going on here. It’s struggles with being interesting enough throughout the run time.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

I hear the Flaming Lips comparisons that a lot of people have made, but yeah... not as good.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Liked this. Didn't love it. So like 3.5 but not 4. And since 3.5 isn't an option I'ma round down on this one.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Quite pretty. I like the lyrics, but not so keen on the Flaming Lips style vocals. Very mellow.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Yeah, it was fine

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

ok mas nada de mais

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Sun Aug 28 2022
3

On flirte avec les Flaming Lips ici. Je crois bien avoir déjà entendu la pièce Holes. Ça ouvre bien l'album. Ça se gâche par contre avec l'exploration avec la scie qui devient parfois très agaçante. Pour le reste, il y a d'autres bons moments (comme Goddess on a Hiway), mais la production me dérange parfois. Après avoir lu sur le groupe, je suis plus intrigué d'aller écouter les premiers albums que de réécouter cet album qui est très inégal.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Lovely artsy alt rock sound, feels like the laying of tracks for the weirder alt rock of the 2000s

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

So shimmery.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

"Holes" is the big opener and second biggest track on here going off of play count on Spotify. I think it sounds alright, has a cinematic sort of chord progression/melody/arrangement with a super pleasing dissonant final chord in each repeating progression. "Tonite It Shows", the second track, continues with the cinematic type of sound. Oboe, clarinet, harp, and pizzicato strings are pretty different for a singer-songwriter type of sound. I liked the album the more that I listened to it. I don't love the timbre of the singers voice, which is something I really hate saying. It simply doesn't grab my ears enough for me to want to listen again after a song finishes. It's not terrible or anything, but I think it's just a little bit uninteresting. The overall sound is nice though and I can tell that there was a lot of effort put into all of the little details on the record. If this was a simple singer-songwriter indie rockish sort of record then it would be a 2/5 for me but production and arrangement bumps it to a 3/5.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

soft spoken. garage rocky. i thought it was the flaming lips for a second. it was good.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Rock-pop alternativo. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Interesting. I like the album but if I saw this live I leave early so I can fight traffic.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
3

seems okay, i dig the strings and the dreaminess, the vocals get old for me

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

His voice kinda sounds like the Death Cab guy. There are specific parts I like but for the most part, the lyrics aren’t great. Endlessly definitely rips off Silent Night.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

I liked the cinematic sound with the strings and the saw doing theremin type stuff. There’s some pretty cool stuff but I feel like I might like this better with a different singer. 3

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