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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Los Angeles-based indie pop duo of Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 14, 2021
    80
    The album is full of these little tweaks and stamps and glitches, and they seldom feel gimmicky. “Domino” is Mercurial World at its most thrilling: the best hooks of the album paced like a video game rollercoaster, maximalist glitter rush followed by sinuous soprano descant. It’s genuinely evocative.
  2. Oct 20, 2021
    80
    That Magdalena Bay also augment their capital "P" pop melodies with industrial textures, shoegaze flourishes, and plenty of funked-out bass grooves means that Mercurial World offers both sugary melodic highs and deeper sonic layers to explore.
  3. Oct 25, 2021
    80
    Mercurial World is another step in the right direction, adding a cerebral heft (the kind only a full-length collection of songs tends to achieve) to the duo’s winning formula.
  4. Oct 14, 2021
    74
    Their new album, Mercurial World, is a careful collection of pop tracks that threaten, but never quite, reach a boil.
  5. Oct 14, 2021
    70
    The record has big, cosmic questions about time and space and possibility swirling 'round its bejewelled head, but it's at its best when putting these concepts under a microscope.
  6. Oct 14, 2021
    60
    That tension between sweetness and distortion lurches across the album, coming together best in Chaeri, a gothic house devotional to a destitute friend. Tenenbaum seems to writhe through her agonies as she wonders whether she could have done more.
  7. Oct 15, 2021
    58
    Mercurial Bay is bland and overpolished and probably insecure and definitely destined to make mincemeat of fickle hearts all over the web. It is good and shiny like an overviewed but freshly refiltered Instagram photo of a Hollywood sunset.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Oct 19, 2021
    10
    Absolutely solid pop album, songs are catchy and it got great production, one of the best pop album of 2021
  2. Nov 4, 2021
    8
    'Mercurial World' starts off strong and ends strong yet unfortunately has its moments where the spotlight drifts off of it. One moment you'll'Mercurial World' starts off strong and ends strong yet unfortunately has its moments where the spotlight drifts off of it. One moment you'll be amazed, then the next you'll be like "meh". Through its brief moments of inconsistency and underwhelming video game sounding production, there are wonderful moments of beautiful rich synths and effortless transitions. Overall, this is a great and sudden improvement for Magdalena Bay compared to their last project. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2021
    8
    This is a great album! Heard some stuff through the grapevine on YouTube and Reddit about this album, and decided to check it out. This isThis is a great album! Heard some stuff through the grapevine on YouTube and Reddit about this album, and decided to check it out. This is great! I've listened to it about five times and just bought it on CD, it's one of my favorite albums of 2021 so far. It's a beautiful experience, you get taken to another world with this album. It starts great and ends great, although I'd say it sags a bit in the middle, and I'm not a fan of the track Follow The Leader. Would've been a 10 if it wasn't for those little critiques. Check it out if you're a fan of Random Access Memories by Daft Punk or Hurry Up, We're Dreaming by M83.

    Favorite tracks- Mercurial World, You Lose!, Dreamcatching
    Least favorite track- Follow The Leader
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  4. Nov 2, 2021
    0
    Nada memorable, creí que traerían nuevas cosas pero su álbum anterior es por mucho mejor.
  5. Nov 2, 2021
    0
    Siento que ninguna canción es un Hit en el futuro, tiwne buena producción pero nada más.