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Album: All Is Dream
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dark Is Rising
2)    Tides of the Moon
3)    Chains
4)    Lincoln's Eyes
5)    Nite and Fog
6)    Little Rhymes
7)    Drop in Time
8)    You're My Queen
9)    Spiders and Flies
10)    Hercules
 

Album: All Is Dream
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dark Is Rising
2)    Tides of the Moon
3)    Chains
4)    Lincoln's Eyes
5)    Nite and Fog
6)    Little Rhymes
7)    Drop in Time
8)    You're My Queen
9)    Spiders and Flies
10)    Hercules
 
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Performer Notes
  • Mercury Rev: Jonathan (vocals, acoustic guitar); Grasshopper (guitar); Jeff (piano, drums); Dave (Mellotron, bass).
  • Additional personnel includes: Mary Gavazzi Fridmann (vocals); Tony Visconti (string arranger); Jason Russo (guitar); Rex L. White (pedal steel guitar); Larry Packer (violin); Suzanne Thorpe (flute); Marc Guy (French horn); Justin Russo (Fender Rhodes piano); Joel Eckhaus (bowed saw).
  • Producers: Dave Fridmann, Grasshopper, Jonathan, Jeff Mercel, Max Lichtenstein.
  • Engineers include: Dave Fridmann, Grasshopper, Johnathan.
  • UK edition.
  • Mercury Rev dismantles the classic definition of a rock band. Members of this collective music project have retained separate, independent lives, convening periodically to record majestic sound collages--truly brilliant pieces of art-rock that pilfer as much from Pink Floyd's progressive psychedelia as they do from Phil Spector's grand, intricate production techniques. ALL IS DREAM is vintage Mercury Rev. The proper sequel to 1998's DESERTER'S SONGS comes off as another epic soundtrack to a movie never made--a collection of musical scenes scraped from the subconscious that is best heard continuously from start to finish.
  • The sonic flow is so seamless that no one song stands out, yet each is unique. "Nite and Fog" combines meandering keyboards with a soft, gorgeous backdrop of string accompaniment, while "Tides of the Moon" is driven by a thick, walking bass line and ghostly musical saw. Impressively, the album maintains a cohesive quality despite the vast instrumental diversity displayed from track to track. Held together by waves of orchestral outbursts and vocalist Jonathan Donahue's strangely comforting, child-like vocal style, ALL IS DREAM is a symphonic-psychedelic meditation of the highest order.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/13/01, p.108) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...Their most precise work yet - both musically decorous and lyrically savage....There is beauty here, cold but alluring..."

Spin (10/01, p.127) - 7 out of 10 - "...A half-hallucianted backdrop for Woodstock resident Jonatyan Donahue's pinched, utopian ramblings..."

Q (9/01, p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...There are unexpected delights at every turn..."

Uncut (9/01, p.86) - 4 1/2 stars out of 5 - "...What we have here is real desolation veiled behind sumptuously light music....Sublimely rueful..."

The Wire (1/02, p.40) - Ranked #32 in Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2001".

The Wire (8/01, p.60) - "...Swaps magic realist renderings of the Catskills for a watery evocation of Old Broadway...the country comes to the city, meaning much here sounds plausibly like HARVEST: THE MUSICAL..."

CMJ (8/27/01, p.5) - "...The big sky's aglow with a 4th of July fireworks salute, and the lemonade is dosed...Sip and dream."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.69) - Ranked #13 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".

Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.98) - "...A magnificent, widescreen epic..."

NME (Magazine) (12/29/01, p.59) - Ranked #7 in NME's 50 "Albums Of the Year 2001".

NME (Magazine) (8/25/01, p.51) - 8 out of 10 - "...An albumn of meticulously arranged set pieces...effectively conjured up by the cracked and florid genius of Donahue..."
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