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Rock - Released January 31, 2014 | Excelsior Melodies

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Rock - Released September 30, 2008 | Excelsior Melodies

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 5, 2016 | Excelsior Melodies

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Rock - Released October 3, 2006 | Excelsior Melodies

This soundtrack to the dark and brooding period circus drama Bye Bye Blackbird finds Mercury Rev operating instrumentally. Swirling, atmospheric, and expansive, Hello Blackbird retains much of the group's melodic, psych-pop core, but allows for a great deal more experimentation, resulting in a mesmerizing fusion of ambient electronica, modern classical, and Krautrock-inspired prog rock. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Experimental - Released January 5, 2011 | Excelsior Melodies

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Rock - Released February 4, 2014 | Excelsior Melodies

Deserter's Songs: Instrumental is basically for anyone who felt like they couldn't get enough of a good thing. While the original album was remixed, remastered, and otherwise fooled with to fine effect, it appears that this this set -- which mirrors that one song-for-song -- is literally the same recording sans the voices. Deserter's Songs was the album on which Mercury Rev lost its trademark, mischievous, and occasionally anarchic sense of humor, and became more ambitious musically; the truth is they focused less on adventurous music (if occasionally unprofessionally played) and more on a traditional symphonic pop framework, and Dave Fridmann's growing studio prowess, which one can hear without the interruption of the human voice, his Theremin or his Mellotron, Suzanne Thorpe's flute, Jonathan Donahue's chamberlain strings, Rachel Handman's violins, and brass, vibraphones, and Grasshopper's woodwinds. Only "Goddess on a Hiway" (the only song Fridmann didn't mix) comes off as anything like a song here. The rest of the instrumental versions of Deserter's Songs may sound less mopey and emotionally cathartic than its original version does, but without that pathos, and with all its blissed-out panoramic and dynamic "psychedelic" scope, it's also rather dull; coming off as a series of unfocused cues for a mythical soundtrack rather than as an actual album. Deserter's Songs: Instrumental is for MR completists only. ~ Thom Jurek
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Rock - Released December 4, 2012 | Excelsior Melodies

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Rock - Released December 4, 2012 | Excelsior Melodies

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Pop - Released March 1, 2016 | Excelsior Melodies

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Rock - Released March 1, 2016 | Excelsior Melodies

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 3, 2017 | Excelsior Melodies

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 3, 2017 | Excelsior Melodies