See You on the Other Side

See You on the Other Side

by Mercury Rev Mercury Rev


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After David Baker left the group for weirder pastures, the rest of Mercury Rev returned with See You on the Other Side, an album very much in the group's expansive, experimental tradition, yet distinct from its work with Baker. The sprawling compositions, elaborate arrangements, and jazzy leanings Mercury Rev perfected on Boces return on See You on the Other Side, as exemplified by the opening track, "Empire State (Son House in Excelsis)." But without Baker's merry prankster vocals, the album feels a bit unbalanced, as though the group was still adjusting to making music without him when the album was recorded. The lean, tense "Young Man's Stride" could've had even more impact had Baker sung it but, for the most part, Jonathan Donahue handles all the vocal duties ably, swinging the group toward its gently whimsical side in the process. The brilliant single "Everlasting Arm" sweetly deconstructs Pet Sounds-style pop years before that became one of indie rock's dominant styles, while "A Kiss From an Old Flame (A Trip to the Moon)" lives up to its title with giddy, swirling flutes and otherworldly backing vocals. Dreamy, yearning songs like "Sudden Ray of Hope" and "Racing the Tide" revel in the unabashed prettiness that Mercury Rev used to hide under layers of freaked-out guitars, and "Peaceful Night," the group's quirky take on Tin Pan Alley songwriting, proves that they weren't getting less inventive as time went on, they were just getting subtler about it. See You on the Other Side's relatively short length adds to its rather unfair middle-child status, but it pointed the way toward Mercury Rev's breakthrough with Deserter's Songs, and is a completely charming -- if underrated -- album in its own right.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2001
Label: Beggars Banquet Intl
UPC: 5012093917627
catalogNumber: 9391762
Rank: 128443


  1. Empire State
  2. Young Man's Stride
  3. Sudden Ray of Hope
  4. Everlasting Arm
  5. Racing the Tide
  6. Close Encouters of the 3rd Grade
  7. A Kiss from an Old Flame
  8. Peaceful Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mercury Rev   Primary Artist
Jonathan Donahue   Guitar,Vocals,Bowed Saw
Dave Fridmann   Bass,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Bass Explore
Grasshopper   Clarinet,Guitar
Suzanne Thorpe   Flute,French Horn
Jake Congelo   Piano
Carmen Luz Quiñones   Vocals
Rachel Handman   Strings
Mark Marinoff   Saxophone
Matt Jordan   Trumpet
Jimy Chambers   Piano,Drums,Electric Piano,Stick
Chris Reilly   Tabla

Technical Credits

Jonathan Donahue   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Dave Fridmann   Producer,Engineer
Grasshopper   Producer
Suzanne Thorpe   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Scott Hull   Arranger,Engineer
Jacques Cohen   Engineer
Jimy Chambers   Producer

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