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  • Summary: The psychedelic indie rockers, led by returning core trio of vocalist Jonathan Donahue, guitarist Grasshopper and drummer Jeff Mercel, return with a less-orchestral follow up to 2001's 'All Is Dream.' Longtime collaborator David Fridmann co-produced.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Without relying on a crutch of irony and cynicism, they boldly risk sounding cloying in order to summon the emotional honesty necessary to create music that is unabashedly romantic and achingly beautiful.
  2. 90
    Mercury Rev's power is undiminished. While never resorting to crude hooks, they build melodies to peaks of graceful intensity. [Album of the Month, Jan 2005, p.114]
  3. 83
    Rev's overbaked symphonics and space-case triumphalism have become completely indistinguishable from the Flaming Lips. [Jun 2005, p.108]
  4. Ultimately, nobody's likely to claim The Secret Migration as a great album, I'm afraid. But it possesses energy and inspiration that its predecessor greatly lacked, and even the weaker songs here have something to recommend.
  5. The Secret Migration shows a group in complete control of their cosmic idiom, familiar by now yet still seductive. [Jan 2005, p.120]
  6. If there's a problem, it's that... it all sounds rather familiar and comfortable. [22 Jan 2005, p.51]
  7. Where once we got shivers up our spines from this band's music, now we're just left cold.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. sachinp
    Jul 15, 2005
    one of the best albums of all time.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Mar 11, 2005
    Ignore any negative reviews of this album. 'The Secret Migration' more than matches the beauty of 'Deserter's Songs' and 'All Is Dream'. Rather than resting on their laurels and standing still creatively (which some clueless reviewers have incorrectly suggested) it is in fact a significant progression from their past work and a truly magical album that improves with every listen. Expand
  3. MitchM
    Feb 7, 2005
    great follow-up to previous albums. Not all songs are classics but many are up there with their best.
  4. Mickeym
    Feb 2, 2005
    The sugar sweetly sick lyrics get a bit annoying in places - and sometimes you just want them to turn their amps up to 11 and rock out like they can- but this album is a definite grower and worth investigating. Expand
  5. AdamH
    Feb 26, 2005
    I love MR -- think everything they've created in the studio had been excellent: emotional, cerebral, visionary, gorgeous. I've had this album for a couple of weeks, and it's a pleasant listen, but you shouldn't buy it expecting the kind of religous experience that can be had listening any of MR's other studio albums. You should still but it, though: lots of good melodies; just nothing great and nothing surprising. Expand
  6. Nick
    Mar 24, 2005
    disappointing and predictable, not a patch on Deserter's, no discernibly great lyrics, no screeching bowed saw or powerful guitars, dull....
  7. BenB
    Feb 21, 2005
    Most disappointing album they have released to date.

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