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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."118.3243

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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..."94.36052

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Spin (9/95, pp.111-112) - 7 - Flawed Yet Worthy - "Optimism, in music, is a tricky proposition....one must swerve past the danger zones of `jaunty' and `upful' in order to hit the right note of joy. Mercury Rev always pulls it off....[SEE YOU] often recalls such flower-power minor legends as Beacon Street Union...or indeed the legendary Love. But acid rock is one of many sources..."Alternative Press (10/95, p.61) - "...imagine Brian Wilson at his creative zenith collaborating with Sly Stone at his narcotic popwise peak. Then multiply the results by a Dixieland jazz band on LSD led by Miles Davis. Add liberal doses of avant-f**k-off guitar blare and melodies Hank Mancini would die for were he still alive..."Option (1-2/96, p.102) - "...a tilt-a-wirl that falls somewhere between Bevis Frond, Stereolab and '70s urban soul..."71.14026

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Spin (12/98, pp.184-185) - 8 (out of 10) - "...It's an album of shameless good-byes: to Manhattan, to love, and (most painfully) to not giving a shit. Successfully repressing his Sonic Youth tics, Donahue starts with goofy, SMILE-era Beach Boys and heaps on even thicker strata of strings and brass than SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE..."Spin (12/98, pp.184-185) - 8 (out of 10) - "...It's an album of shameless good-byes: to Manhattan, to love, and (most painfully) to not giving a shit. Successfully repressing his Sonic Youth tics, Donahue starts with goofy, SMILE-era Beach Boys and heaps on even thicker strata of strings and brass than SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE..."Entertainment Weekly (9/25/98, p.107) - "...their fourth effort feels like a watershed, the point where their heady mix of orchestral pop, roots rock, psychedlia, prog, choral, and chamber music finally crystallizes into something special and damn near ineffable..." - Rating: A-Entertainment Weekly (9/25/98, p.107) - "...their fourth effort feels like a watershed, the point where their heady mix of orchestral pop, roots rock, psychedlia, prog, choral, and chamber music finally crystallizes into something special and damn near ineffable..." - Rating: A-Q (10/01, p.59) - Ranked #30 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime"Q (12/99, p.100) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."The Wire (1/99, p.27) - Included in Wire's "50 Records Of The Year [1998]"Mojo (Publisher) (p.63) - Ranked #30 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "The results were rhapsodic: bowed saw symphonies and the ineffable 'Holes', a fantastical elegy to magic and loss."70.77039

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Uncut (p.105) - "It's gorgeous....Consisting of 21 instrumental passages, it's the perfect companion piece to last year's THE SECRET MIGRATION."0.8249334

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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..."0.6340666

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Alternative Press (p.114) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Owen's wistful, emotional songs fall somewhere between the self-aware indie rock of the Snake The Cross The Crown and the psychedelic, piano-laced layers of Mercury Rev."0.6340666

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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...."0.5283889

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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."0.4227111

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Rolling Stone (p.68) - "[T]hese Danes sound a bit like Franz Ferdinand but much closer to a first-album Strokes with Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue yelping at the helm."Spin (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The racing tempos and Christian Hjelm's paranoid-sounding yelp push the songs to occasionally exhilarating heights..."Magnet (p.96) - "Figurines succeed through their punk ethos and draw from American indie classics. But the obstinate energy on SKELETON is all original."0.4227111

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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."0.4227111

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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."0.4227111

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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."0.4227111

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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."0.4227111

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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."0.4227111

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Rolling Stone (p.68) - "[T]hese Danes sound a bit like Franz Ferdinand but much closer to a first-album Strokes with Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue yelping at the helm."Spin (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The racing tempos and Christian Hjelm's paranoid-sounding yelp push the songs to occasionally exhilarating heights..."Magnet (p.96) - "Figurines succeed through their punk ethos and draw from American indie classics. But the obstinate energy on SKELETON is all original."0.4227111

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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."0.2641944

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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.0.2641944

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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..."0.1272711

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