Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight

October 5, 2008

Catskills, New York based band Mercury Rev’s latest album reminded me of a lot of different bands at once: Tangerine Dream, Ryūichi Sakamoto, Yes, a little bit of Sigur Rós, a little bit of early Moby. It’s blissed out, multilayered dream pop done on a mostly epic scale, with one of the highlights, “Dream Of A Young Girl As A Flower,” topping out at nearly eight minutes. Some tracks held up for me better than other tracks on repeated listens, my favorites being the opener, “Snowflake In A Hot World,” “People Are So Unpredictable” and the aforementioned track. I found the first single, “Senses On Fire,” didn’t actually do a whole lot for me. All in all, Snowflake Midnight is both an ambitious work and a mixed bag, but when it’s good, it’s very good.


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