All Is Dream - Mercury Rev
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Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the Buffalo, NY band's follow-up to their acclaimed 1998 release 'Deserter's Songs.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    Make no mistake, this album sounds incredible: cascading orchestrations, pulsating and instantly memorable tunes, an atmosphere that's both accessible and palpably psychedelic.
  2. 90
    Like Disney on methadone scored by Jack Nitzsche with a gun against his own head, trying to remember this soundtrack he once wanted to make, which teamed Judy Garland and Neil Young. [Album Of The Month] [Sept 2001, p.86]
  3. Though their approach hasn't changed from the radically orchestral turn of 1998's Deserter's Songs, these songs are far more personal than their last set.
  4. Also worth noting is the vulnerability at work that's never surfaced before -- Donahue's voice takes on the pinched, high sound of Neil Young's on more than few songs, and it perfectly suits the sense of enchantment inherent in the album as a whole.
  5. Mercury Rev has not only matched the Herculean effort of Deserter's Songs, they've surpassed it.
  6. If you're prone to enjoying the epic recall in rock, All Is Dream will be your momentary ticket outta here. [Oct 2001, p.82]
  7. This fine album contains several striking songs (notably “The Dark Is Rising” and “Nite and Fog”), but it suffers in comparison to the artistic breakthrough of its immediate predecessor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. NealM.
    Dec 20, 2001
    10
    Absolutely amazing.
  2. WodekS.
    Oct 25, 2001
    9
    All is rock. A triumph.
  3. PeterM
    Dec 9, 2004
    9
    Great album!
  4. Ulrich
    Aug 11, 2008
    5
    Never has a 'rock' album rocked as little as this! There is a lot of fanatical Rev fans so they must do something right......i just find them really boring! I can understand comparisons with The Flaming Lips who make similar music but with less annoying vocals and with a likability and personality that the rev seem to lack. Whereas the Lips can evoke and convey emotions and feelings that can be quite profound, i find the Rev convey feelings that are merely abstract which for me removes the humanity from the music and therefore dulls its impact. ps. note to "E Online"........mercury rev sound fuck all like Built to Spill..........ridiculous comment. Expand
  5. rogerthato
    Oct 21, 2006
    2
    Am I the only person who thinks the production on this sounds unreasonably cheesy? All the instruments sound like midi, which - whether or not they are meant to sound that way - ruin the otherwise decent songs. It's very frustrating to listen to. Collapse

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