Snowflake Midnight

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Ten years after Deserter's Songs became a gorgeous Americana classic, Mercury Rev have made another masterpiece.
  2. It’s hard to parse the band’s ultimate intentions, but there’s no doubt that every note and lyric on this album are in fact intended, and, most importantly, sincere.
  3. Mojo
    This Rev record is another triumph in which all is dream and this sometimes symbolism, the overall effect trippy, though less dark than of yore. [Oct 2008, p.102]
  4. 80
    Snowflake Midnight ranges widely, from synth-heavy orchestration to film-score dramarama. And between those ambient bookends, there's virtually no filler.
  5. The Wire
    This is a magical and bafflingly arresting album. [Sep 2008, p.53]
  6. The results are uneven but rarely dull.
  7. Its dependence on fussy, meticulous electronic elements tempers some of the band's drippier new-agey tendencies, which makes it easier to appreciate how often Snowflake finds Mercury Rev at their most majestic and most ambitious.
  8. Snowflake Midnight works as a soothing, gently inspiring song cycle, the likes of which Mercury Rev hasn't made since "See You on the Other Side."
  9. Alternative Press
    It's as dreamy as Mercury Rev have ever sounded. [Oct 2008, p.161]
  10. Nevertheless, this is still a hugely satisfying album and one that easily lends itself to total immersion, revealing its charms steadily over time.
  11. Mercury Rev's overarcing vision of tenderhearted sonic sprawl is often moving, if occasionally also moving ones eyes to roll.
  12. What ultimately saves Snowflake Midnight from following The Secret Migration up the band's collective keister is the song positioned to serve as its climax, 'Dream of a Young Girl as a Flower.'

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