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3.65 | 23 ratings | 6 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Secret For A Song (4:01)
2. Across Yer Ocean (3:20)
3. Diamonds (3:52)
4. Black Forest (Lorelei) (4:46)
5. Vermillion (4:07)
6. In The Wilderness (2:32)
7. In A Funny Way (4:02)
8. My Love (4:15)
9. Moving On (1:20)
10. The Climbing Rose (3:19)
11. Arise (3:49)
12. First-Time Mother's Joy (Flying) (3:32)
13. Down Poured The Heavens (1:37)

Total Time: 44:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonathan Donahue / vocals, acoustic guitar
- Sean Mackowiak "Grasshopper" / guitar
- Carlos Anthony Molina / synthesizers
- Jeff Mercel / drums, piano

- Mary Gavazzi Fridmann / soprano vocals
- Adam Peters / performer
- Adam Widoff / performer
- Rich Robinson / performer
- David Fridmann / co-producer

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Amanda Wachob

CD V2 ‎- VVR1029232 (2005, Europe)

LP V2 ‎- VVR1029231 (2005, Europe)

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MERCURY REV The Secret Migration ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(4%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(43%)
Good, but non-essential (43%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

MERCURY REV The Secret Migration reviews

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Review by Chris S
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4 stars Tough call this one. Firstly I love the album, it's a concept album which are few and far between these days. My only criticism of The Secret Migration is the production. Way way too much treble. I am not sure why they decided on this sound output becuase the cover artwork, package and concept is extraordinary to say the least. Output aside the album sarts off the the lyrically dark ' Secret For A Song', it has some great piano work and Grashopper and Donahue as usual are right on the button.' Across Ye Ocean' question where we all might end up?? Musically and lyrically very strong melodies and well balanced.' Diamonds' simply sparkles ( pun intended) with some excellent synth work.' Vermillion' and ' My Love' for me the most poignant tracks on the album. ' My Love' sounds almost Floyd Like which demonstrates as to how this band has evolved. Also worth mentioning is the drum and bass work. In Particular the bass playing on this album is far superior to anything previously they have put out and it shows in the overall feel of the album. Very polished but may be just a little bit overproduced which shows in the sound quality.
Review by NJprogfan
4 stars My, my...strange to see these guys listed on this site. But when I think about it, it makes sense. Trippy, dreamy and above all strange (but mucho loved), Mercury Rev's newest album is their most symphonic and bombastic filled with Jonathan Donahue's soaring delicate about to crack vocals, odd sound effects, and just plain beautiful production, it's their most accesible album for newbies, especially for prog fans. Although, if you're expecting some kind of Gong/Ozric style album curtesy of the tag this band gets on this site, forget it. It's more in line with The Flaming Lips, or other American psych bands that use a simple pop structure and fill it to the brim with lovely keyboards, smatterings of crashing guitars and lyrics that are absurd and heart- breaking. Confused? Well, don't be. They're not the most thought-provoking band around, but damn they make some pretty music. Try them out. Go to their website and download some Mp3's. You'll fall under their spell in no time. I promise! A definate 4-star modern gem.
Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "The Secret Migration" is the 6th full-length studio album by US alternative rock act Mercury Rev. The album was released through V2 Records in January 2005 . It was recorded at Six Hours Studios, Tarbox Observatory and produced by Dave Friedmann (who also functions as the bandīs bass player).

The music style pretty much follows the same formula as on the previous album "All is Dream (2001)" which is alternative rock with a slight psychadelic touch. The music is well written and predominantly vers/chorus structured and relatively catchy, but not necessarity instantly memorable. The regular rock instrumentation is as always spiced up with psychadelic sounds and effects but in a more restrained manner compared to earlier albums by the band. Jonathan Donahue is not an especially skilled singer but his fragile and pleasant vocal style is relatively personal. The musicianship is as always on a high level and the sound production is professional and well sounding.

"The Secret Migration" is a concept album with psychadelic themes on Mother Nature. You can easily listen to the album without much concern for the concept though. I think the album has got a very british sound which is a bit unusual for an American bands but Mercury Rev has always had a very obvious Beatles influence in their music (at least from "See You On The Other Side (1995)" onwards). So itīs really not that strange if they sound a bit British.

Upon conclusion "The Secret Migration" is a fairly good quality album by Mercury Rev but to my ears it doesnīt sound as inspired as the bandīs best previous output ("See You On The Other Side (1995)" and "Deserter's Songs (1998)"). The more average quality level of music featured on "All is Dream (2001)" is unfortunately continued here and I canīt rate the album with more than a 3 star (60%) rating.

Review by Warthur
4 stars On The Secret Migration Mercury Rev play a blissful, transcendent variety of psychedelic indie rock which comes across as a smoother and more laid-back version of the thornier and more hard-edged psych freakouts of their sister band, The Flaming Lips. Supposedly it's a concept album, though I didn't really detect much of a concept myself - either way, if you miss the blissful, tranquil airs of 60s psychedelic pop and wonder what the indie rock world would make of them, you need look no further than this album, which I think is a neo-psychedelic classic on a par with The Flaming Lips' Yoshimi vs. the Pink Robots.

Latest members reviews

4 stars The Secret Migration is wonderful. It has an earthy, natural beauty. The lyrics are magical too and float over the group's stunning psychedelic tapestry. The dark 'Secret for a Song' and the elegant 'My Love', are immensely pleasurable tracks.I also absolutely love "Across Yer Ocean" and "Di ... (read more)

Report this review (#427382) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Monday, April 4, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Have Mercury Rev relocated to rural England or something? They've gone all pastoral. The undulating soft rock of the opening singles "Secret for a Song" and "Across Yer Ocean" shows they've swapped dusty American desert landscapes for green meadows and hills. Maybe they needed to chill out and ta ... (read more)

Report this review (#108234) | Posted by Open-Mind | Sunday, January 21, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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