Spin (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] wonderfully skewed arrangements....A testament to the vision of a band that values 'sound over sense' and is still evolving nearly two decades on."Entertainment Weekly (p.76) - "'Senses on Fire' is a twisted, hummable synth-pop classic." -- Grade: BAlternative Press (p.161) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's as dreamy as Mercury Rev have ever sounded; its largely electronic soundscapes suggesting a post-rave showing of some futuristic arthouse film."The Wire (p.53) - "[I]t's an album about the beauty and perishability of this life, at once monumental and evanescent in feel....It's pop, but pop from a faraway, better and unreachable place."CMJ - "On their seventh studio album, alt-rock vets Mercury Rev blast their usual space-pop into an even more amorphous, post-apocalyptic realm."Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Seven albums into their shape-shifting career, this Buffalo, New York-formed outfit can still arouse the kind of wonder you felt as a child contemplating the star-speckled heavens."Mojo (Publisher) (p.69) - Ranked #22 in Mojo's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2008" -- "[A]n album that lingered like a lucid dream."
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  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..."
Uncut (p.105) - "It's gorgeous....Consisting of 21 instrumental passages, it's the perfect companion piece to last year's THE SECRET MIGRATION."
Spin (12/98, pp.184-185) - 6 (out of 10) - "...ORBIT's best moments come when Grasshopper distances himself from the Rev sound, toying with lo-fi electronica...and hazy hip-hop....Still, it's obvious that Grasshopper intended most of these songs for a Mercury Rev record..."
Magnet (p.66) - "Nine blissfully hypnotic songs circled Park's sadness and anger, building up tension and releasing it in a crash of restrained guitars and half-shouted vocals."Melody Maker (10/9/93, p.39) - "...combines the passionate pop rush of, say, The Bats, with the skewed dynamics of Slint and the delicious deliberation of Codeine. The spirit of Mercury Rev peeps over one shoulder...."
Uncut (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is Creager's most ambitious to date....The music pitches up in some strange hinterland equidistant from Joanna Newsom and Mercury Rev..."CMJ (p.46) - "WORLD only reinforces singer/cellist Melora Creager's bid as one of the more creative songwriters of the past decade."Kerrang (Magazine) (p.48) - "[T]he three-piece play a hybrid of chamber music and twisted rock, their cellos alternately deep and melodious or distorted enough to pass as droning guitars."
Q (p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Tim Smith unravels his warped psyche across a series of appealingly weird songs....Not since Mercury Rev's 'Deserter Songs' has an American band sounded so completely of itself and so off-kilter."Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[With] stratospheric harmonies..."Magnet (p.103) - "[They] construct an otherworldly monument. Rooms burst with symphonic sunshine, but the lyrics creeping beneath the door warn of bespectacled angels and disillusioned janitors lurking in darkened hallways."CMJ (p.4) - "[A] swirling olio of soothing, summery pop, mixing Grandaddy-ish keyboard hypnotics and a dose of cooing vocals into miniature avant-pop epics."
Rolling Stone (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'No One Does It Like You' is a whimsical valentine with a bouncy groove banked on double bass and hand claps, evoking a love-struck M. Ward."Mojo (Publisher) (pp.118-119) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith Lehigh passing through hymnal serenity, an endorphin rush of swaying rhythm and back porch twang. Fans of Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Mercury Rev's DESERTER'S SONGS, take note."
Clash (magazine) - "From the opening six-minute 'Holes,' we are flung into Mercury Rev's expansive vision -- panoramic soundscapes with sweet orchestral waves of joy..."Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "'Opus 40,' 'Holes' and 'Goddess On A Highway' sound as weird and wonderful as ever, and the album's juxtaposing of playfulness and melancholy is as odd and potent as before."
Rolling Stone (8/8/02, p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An uncanny combination of rock orchestra and choir...evoking Up With People's all-American optimism but also bears the wounds of Spiritualized and Flaming Lips..."Spin (p.79) - "[S]tandouts 'It's the Sun' and 'Have a Day' brim with irresistible optimism."Q (12/02, p.67) - Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002."Q (11/02, p.114) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[The album has] the humanist warmth and simple joy that you hear in The Beach Boys or The Flaming Lips at their best..."Uncut (1/03, p.97) - Ranked #61 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (9/02, p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...a bright, beatific prayer-meeting-cum-jam-session...Charming, involving, only marginally creepy..."CMJ (6/02, p.15) - "...The group makes tuneful and tasteful use of an array of aural colors in 10 nameless psychedelic soundscapes....it happens to kick a little booty..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.75) - Ranked #27 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (10/02, p.110) - "...Their pop peaks sound like an ecstatic communion of Mercury Rev, ELO and the cast of HAIR..."NME (Magazine) (9/21/02, p.37) - 9 out of 10 - "...A huge, humane record that could airlift the gloomiest soul from the Slough Of Despond. Never mind the cassocks, here's The Polyphonic Spree...the good news starts here."
Rolling Stone (10/17/96, p.132) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...while FUZZY LOGIC is rich in hallucinogenic spirit and shimmering guitars, SFA also evoke the decadent '70s pop of Mott The Hoople and David Bowie, while the album's celestial-flute passages and overdriven guitar storms resemble...Mercury Rev..."Alternative Press (1/97, pp.81-83) - 5 (out of 5) - "...[Super Furry Animals] dive into their overwhelming toychests and deliver the stuff of which fearless dreams are forged."Melody Maker (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #3 on Melody Maker's list of 1996's `Albums Of The Year.'Melody Maker (5/11/96, p.40) - Recommended - "...Once, there were drugs. Now there are Super Furry Animals....FUZZY LOGIC contains 12 deceptively gleeful, fun-size trips. Nothing has made me feel quite like it since staying in and playing [Supergrass'] I SHOULD COCO first presented itself as a substitute for going out and picking mushrooms..."Mojo (Publisher) (6/96, p.120) - "Most impressively, [FUZZY LOGIC] features often impossibly hare-brained lyrics that make reference to shellsuits, unicorns and by-pass roads, and a tremendous sense of playful experimentation."NME (Magazine) (12/21-28/96, pp.66-67) - Ranked #4 in NME's 1996 critics' poll.
CMJ (4/12/99, p.22) - "...a radio-friendly collection of guitar-heavy hook-based tunes....Gameface's gently, honest tugs at the heartstrings are just as powerful as the most forceful sonic pummeling."
Living Blues (6/03, p.106) - "...On a song-by-song basis this is a rich journey through tradition....There's plenty here to goad even jaded veterans into either revisiting long-forgotten favorites or exploring yet-unblazed trails..."