CD Mercury [Sony] (CD 1064312), Audio Other
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Mercury [Sony]


  • 1. Further
    2. Can't Explain
    3. When You Sleep
    4. In a Dream
    5. Nowhere
    6. I Would
    7. Electricity
    8. Still
    9. One More Try
    10. Falling for You
    11. If You Asked
    12. Will You Wait Here
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 93669

  • Credits
    ProducerRick Parashar; Rick Parashar
    EngineerRick Parashar; Christian Mock; Reed Ruddy

    Long-View (Rock): Rob McVey (vocals); Doug Morch (guitar); Aidan Banks (bass instrument); Matt Dabbs (drums).
    Personnel: Erik Aho (mandolin).
    Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Jack Joseph Puig.
    Arranger: Paul Buckmaster.
    With Mercury, U.K. rock outfit Long-View serves up an impressive debut album that owes as much to Coldplay as it does to Catherine Wheel. Similarities to the latter undoubtedly explain Matt Pinfield's fascination, as the former WHTG radio host and MTV talent turned Columbia Records A&R guy inked the band to a Stateside deal. Launched with "Further," a swooning, melodic anthem that is as delightful as it is accessible, and boasting U2-like lyrics ("God's light will save us"), Mercury rarely poisons as it gives us beautiful, Bunnymen-styled ballads like "Can't Explain," gorgeous shoegazer breezes like "Electricity" and "I Would" and roaring, energetic rockers like the hook-injected "When You Sleep." While singer/brainchild Rob McVey most often recalls Rob Dickinson of the aforementioned Catherine Wheel -- which isn't a bad thing at all -- his resonant pipes go even further on "In a Dream," a slumbering, ethereal melody. And damn if the pop-touched spitfire "Nowhere" doesn't re-open the capsule shut by the demise of Kitchens of Distinction. ~ John D. Luerssen

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