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Yerself Is Steam

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01
Chasing A Bee
7:11
 
02
Syringe Mouth
4:04
 
03
Coney Island Cyclone
2:37
 
04
Blue And Black
6:00
 
05
Sweet Oddysee Of A Cancer Cell T' Th' Center Of Yer Heart
7:41
 
06
Frittering
8:48
 
07
Continuous Trucks And Thunder Under A Mother's Smile
0:43
 
08
Very Sleepy Rivers
12:15
 
Album Information

Total Tracks: 8   Total Length: 49:19

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Still the best Rev album...

leighdawber

Absolutely essential, frankly. The David Baker-era Rev is a COMPLETELY different beast to the Rev that delivered widescreen psychedelia like Deserters Songs et al but definitely still worth an investigation. John Peel remarked about this record that you couldn't tell what was in their record collections and he's spot on. AND that off-kilter shriek of guitar in Chasing A Bee STILL terrifies me now as much as when I first heard in 1993.

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Classic Mercury Rev

DukeJan

This record is an indie classic. Still far away from their later sound this is the raw material that makes up their later style. Feedback, noisy and rattling psychedelica. Chasing a Bee is in my opinion one of the best songs ever.

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By Andy Beta, Contributor

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They Say All Music Guide

Music dictated not by logic but by intuition, Yerself Is Steam is an album at war with itself, split by its desire to achieve both melodic pop bliss and white-noise transcendence within the same space; it succeeds brilliantly, avant-bubblegum fuel injected by fits and flourishes of prismatic chaos. From the comic malevolence of David Baker’s mad-scientist creations to Jonathan Donahue’s opiate lullabies, Yerself Is Steam is vividly cinematic — between the roller coaster feedback of “Coney Island Cyclone” and the narcoleptic ebb and flow of the climactic “Very Sleepy Rivers,” the songs perfectly evoke their titular aspirations; likewise, from the album title (say it out loud) onward, the lyrics revel in the quirks and idiosyncrasies of language, buoyed by a homophonous prankishness and dada rhyme schemes, which, in their own odd way, suggest a kind of poetry. A near-perfect debut from a band that would only get better from here on out. [The American edition appends the superb single "Car Wash Hair," while some foreign releases include the bonus disc Lego My Ego, a crazy quilt knitted together from unlikely covers (Sly Stone's "If You Want Me to Stay," Miles Davis' "Shhh/Peaceful"), Peel Sessions highlights, and wonderfully loopy studio chatter.] – Jason Ankeny

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