Deserter's Songs

Deserter's Songs

by Mercury Rev Mercury Rev


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Four albums in and Mercury Rev remain as surprising and daring as ever -- exchanging the volcanic noise and twisted sensibilities of earlier releases for ornate arrangements and ethereal strings, Deserter's Songs unlocks the beauty always hidden just below the band's surface, its lush harmonics and soothing textures bathing in an almost unearthly light. Standouts including the exquisitely waltz-like "Tonite It Shows" and the celestial "Endlessly" are like lullabies, their music-box melodies gentle and narcotic; even the most pop-oriented moments like "Opus 40" and "Hudson Line" share a symphonic, candy-colored majesty far removed from conventional rock idioms. Complete with its fractured instrumental interludes and odd effects, Deserter's Songs sounds like no other album -- for that matter, it doesn't even sound like Mercury Rev, yet there's no mistaking the record's brilliance for anyone else.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/04/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 5033197027722
catalogNumber: 1373421
Rank: 103719


  1. Holes
  2. Tonite It Shows
  3. Endlessly
  4. I Collect Coins
  5. Opus 40
  6. Hudson Line
  7. The Happy End (The Drunk Room)
  8. Goddess on a Hiway
  9. The Funny Bird
  10. Pick Up If You're There
  11. Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mercury Rev   Primary Artist
Jim Burgess   Trombone
Dave Fridmann   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Levon Helm   Drums
Garth Hudson   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Hurwitz   Piano
Scott Petito   Bass,Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Suzanne Thorpe   Flute
Joel Eckhaus   Bowed Saw
Jeff Mercel   Drums
Garrett James Uhlenbrock   Slide Guitar
Marie Spinosa   Vocals,Whistle (Instrument)
Adam Snyder   Hammond Organ,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Rachel Handman   Violin
Amy Helm   Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Mary Gavazzi Fridmann   Soprano (Vocal)
Matt Jordan   Flugelhorn
Jimy Chambers   Drums,Harpsichord,Clavinet

Technical Credits

Mercury Rev   Composer
Jonathan Donahue   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Dave Fridmann   Producer,Engineer
Aaron Hurwitz   Engineer
Peter Katis   Engineer
Jacques Cohen   Engineer
Garrett James Uhlenbrock   Engineer
Joe Concra   Paintings

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