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Snowflake Midnight

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Snowflake In A Hot World
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Butterfly's Wing
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Senses On Fire
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People Are So Unpredictable
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October Sunshine
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Runaway Raindrop
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Dream Of A Young Girl As A Flower
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Faraway From Cars
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A Squirrel And I (Holding On...And Then Letting Go)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 41:35

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Best Winter Album in a decade

2perishable

This album has been on my players weekly for the past two winters. It is my favorite Rev album. It may be mostly electronic but it cuts deep into my soul. Great stuff.

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Hard to Get a Handle On

FiL

I'm having trouble finding memorable melodies on this. When it's over, I've forgotten what I just heard.

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Great for fans

zaireeka

I enjoy this, but I wouldn't recommend as the place to start with Mercury Rev. For that try Deserter's Songs or All is Dream.

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Best Mercury Rev?

Deming

This could be their best album which is saying a lot given their past greatness and how long they have been around.

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I would like to like it......

Squelch

.....but cant download it in the UK....5 stars for the music with 3 taken off as I can only listen to 30 seconds of each track....

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Incredible Musical Landscapes

Graywalker

This is my music discovery of the year, an amazing album. How to describe it? A lush mix of prog, electronica, symphonic and more. The first two songs are jaw dropping - beautiful without being treacly. Can't wait to see these folks live some day. Since I wrote the above review I have in fact seen them live and they are just amazing. One of the best concerts I have ever seen.

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a masterpiece

abosloveland

really the best album of the year, so far.Get the companion piece, "strange attractor", which is also very ,very good.. thanks mercury rev, see ya when ya get to Boulder !!!!! leo at abos pizza loveland

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They Say All Music Guide

Mercury Rev are as at one with nature as ever on Snowflake Midnight, an album whose title reflects its delicately frosty electronics and late-night meditations perfectly. Jonathan Donahue is still an unabashed romantic, empathizing with a snowflake’s plight on the album opener “Snowflake in a Hot World,” finding deeper meaning in its fleeting beauty and individuality. Even though its exclamations (“You’re not the same!”) are a little over the top, the wide-eyed lyricism the band attempted on Secret Migration finds more focus and restraint on this song and throughout Snowflake Midnight. Instead of piling on more and more sounds and sentimental lyrics like they did with their previous album, here Mercury Rev simplify and let the music suggest moods, rather than making it too obvious how these songs should make listeners feel. “October Sunshine”‘s Eno-esque synth washes capture a waning sunbeam so clearly you can almost see the dust particles hovering in it, and though “Senses on Fire” is little more than the title repeated over and over while beats and riffs surge and float, its in-the-moment joy makes it one of Snowflake Midnight’s brightest highlights. A more minimal Mercury Rev is still pretty widescreen, though: “Butterfly’s Wing” layers fluttery textures, masses of vocal harmonies, and children’s laughter into something as majestic yet personal as anything on All Is Dream or Deserter’s Songs. However, there are only a handful of epics on Snowflake Midnight, including the nearly eight-minute “Dream of a Young Girl as a Flower,” which moves from dark electronics and to vibrant rock like night into day. While there are few stumbles — “People Are So Unpredictable (There’s No Bliss Like Home)” gets dangerously close to being overblown, and “Runaway Raindrop”‘s oddly gurgling bass distracts from the rest of the track — as a whole, Snowflake Midnight works as a soothing, gently inspiring song cycle, the likes of which Mercury Rev hasn’t made since See You on the Other Side. – Heather Phares

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