A crescendous reverie of a song, a blissed-out hymn to an altered state of mind. Head-spinning images

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Mercury Rev : Opus 40

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Mercury Rev : Opus 40

This is the kind of record you can imagine Super Furries making at some point in the future. A crescendous reverie of a

song,

a blissed-out hymn to an altered state of mind. Head-spinning

images

like [I]”tears in waves, minds on fire… she tossed all night on a raging sea, woke up and climbed from a suicide machine”[/I].

Listen to all the fun with words you’re missing out on by not singing, [a]Mogwai[/a]! In truth, out of the context of the album, this sounds simply like a pleasantly surreal anthem about things slightly too heady to contemplate. But if that’s what it takes to draw you into the unique vision of a band equally as ambitious as our Single Of The Week recipients, then even on those terms it’s worth as much as any release this week.

Jim Wirth