Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration (CD)
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- Rock & Pop
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- Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration (CD)
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- Mono / Stereo
Rolling Stone (p.78) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "THE SECRET MIGRATION seethes with life and loveliness..."
Spin (p.108) - "This is one big-sounding secret: rural psychedelic excess by upstate New York hobbits." -- Grade: B+
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 - "THE SECRET MIGRATION is a brilliant, uncompromising exploration of devotion and wonder of surrender."
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] SECRET FOR A SONG
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] ACROSS YER OCEAN
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] DIAMONDS
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] BLACK FOREST - LORELEI
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] VERMILLION
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] IN THE WILDERNESS
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] IN A FUNNY WAY
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] MY LOVE
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] MOVING ON
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] CLIMBING ROSE
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] ARISE
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] FIRST TIME MOTHERS JOY - FLYING
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] DOWN POURED THE HEAVENS
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Secret for a Song
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Across Yer Ocean
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Diamonds
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Black Forest (Lorelei)
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Vermillion
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] In the Wilderness
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] In a Funny Way
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] My Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Moving On
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Climbing Rose, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Arise
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] First-Time Mother's Joy (Flying)
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Down Poured the Heavens
- Pop / Rock
- Release Date
- 31 January 2005
Recording information: Six Hours Studios (2004); Tarbox Observatory (2004).
Photographer: Patrick Eden.
Mercury Rev excels at creating epic rock soundscapes that mix late-period Beatles melodicism, shoegazer guitars, electronics, and a quirky sensibility with sparkling sonic detail. THE SECRET MIGRATION continues that tradition. From the opening track, "Secret for a Song," which begins with a gentle electronic murmur before bursting into an expansive wash of instruments (and singer Jonathan Donahue's distinctive voice), the album gives the sense of having entered a vast, deep cavern full of swirling spirits and imaginary, whispering creatures.
The lyrical content also draws the listener into this otherworld, referencing dark forests, shimmering leaves, white horses, vast oceans, and dragonfly rides. "Black Forest (Lorelei) evokes the classic imagery of fantasy novels, while the more personal "Diamonds" describes a kind of synesthesia in which stars, leaves, eyes, and hearts are melded into a single gesture of love. "Across Yer Ocean," one of the album's highlights, has a memorable melody that feels as wide as the song's central metaphor. Throughout THE SECRET MIGRATION, Mercury Rev avoids preciousness with the credibility and force of their music, which is sonically cohesive and absorbing.
- Phantom Import Distributi
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- Mercury Rev
- Dave Fridmann; Mercury Rev
- Date Released
- 44m 6s
- Max Avery Lichtenstein; Kevin Salem; Scott Petito; Todd Vos; Bill Racine; Matthew Cullen
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