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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dark Is Rising (4:52)
2. Tides of the Moon (5:13)
3. Chains (4:22)
4. Lincoln's Eyes (7:09)
5. Nite and Fog (3:58)
6. Little Rhymes (5:13)
7. Drop in Time (4:20)
8. You're My Queen (2:33)
9. Spiders and Flies (4:11)
10. Hercules (7:52)

Total Time: 49:43

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Line-up / Musicians

- Jonathan Donahue / vocals, acoustic guitar
- Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiack / guitar
- Jeff Mercel / piano, drums
- Dave Fridmann / Mellotron, bass

Additional personnel includes:
- Mary Gavazzi Fridmann / vocals
- Tony Visconti / string arranger
- Jason Russo / guitar
- Rex L. White / pedal steel guitar
- Larry Packer / violin
- Suzanne Thorpe / flute
- Marc Guy / French horn
- Justin Russo / Fender Rhodes piano
- Joel Eckhaus / bowed saw

Releases information

CD V2 Records(2001)

Also availble as "Double play" CD with "Desserters songs" 2CD V2 Records (2005)

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MERCURY REV All Is Dream ratings distribution


3.81
(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(27%)
27%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(35%)
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Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by Chris S
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5 stars Absolutely fantastic to see MR added to the Progressive Archive. They fit the genre beautifully. Strings, avante garde arrangements, totally surreal at times too. All Is Dream is the best album on offer, although I have yet to hear the highly rated Boces. The album starts with ' The Dark is Rising', a song named from Susan Cooper's book of the same title. If you have read the book, more for youngsters, you will understand the 'spookiness' of the whole realm. A great fantasy novel. Mercury Rev set the tone with this beautifully orchestrated song. Donahue's high pitched vocals perfectly in tune with the backdrop anthem song. The next song gains strength with " Tides Of The Moon'. This is more complex and quite hypnotic as MR weave in and out. It has great peaks and vallies as the music, richly dances to and fro.A previous reviewer dislikes ' lincoln's Eyes' but for me this is the highpoint of the album, stretching the Rev's psychotic, manic tendencies to it's fragile best. Persevere with this track as near the end it becomes hauntingly beautiful as it finally leaps into the epic ' Nite and Fog'. ' Little Rhymes' follows. It is well executed and relates to psyhedelic tripping after too many pills!! and is so fairytale like in it's delivery you know these guys have been feasting on mushrooms in a dark forest somewhere. Perhaps this is why I rate Mercury Rev so highly is because they constantly enter the surrealistic world that prog started off as doing. It is fresh sounding too and totally unique.' Hercules' is a fine ending to All Is Dream and for anyone desperately looking for some new sound that is creative, original and near perfect then start with this album. A modern day masterpiece release 11/9/2001, a ray of light when the world was enshrouded in darkness. Irony for sure.

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Posted Saturday, September 10, 2005

Review by loserboy
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3 stars MERCURY REV have been experimenting with pop culture for some time now and "All Is Dream" is no exception with their cascading hypnotic rhythms and powerful song delivery. Without a question these guys transcend pop music (although they are quite popular among the kiddies these days). Even though these guys are a modern pop outfit I just love in sharp contrast their liberal use of the mellotron throughout. Hard to peg these guys down but I would say a mix of RADIOHEAD and TRAVIS. This is a band that can use a bowed saw to transcend moments of despair, and lead the listener to a delicately sanguine resting place, where guitars swirl and soar with a rainbow blast of moonlit images. It can be a powerfully majestic experience, as it is in "Chains" or " Little Rhymes" which add some lovely instrumentation and impactful lyrics. Aside from mellotron, MERCURY REV also add Hammond organ, cello, violins, violas, french horn, flute and full orchestration. An excellent album and surprisingly quite progressive. Best listened to with a bit of volume behind it for maximum experience.

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars All is Dream is the fifth full-length studio album by American rock act Mercury Rev. While not being a full blown fan of the band I greatly enjoyed their previous two releases See You On The Other Side (1995) and Deserter's Songs (1998) which I found to be good alternative rock albums with some slight psychadelic and progressive tendencies. Suzanne Thorpe ( flute), Adam Snyder ( Wurlitzer piano, Mellotron, Hammond B-3 organ) and Jimmy Chambers ( harpsichord, clavinet, drums) have left the band since Deserter's Songs. Only one new member has been added in Jeff Mercel ( piano, drums). Mercury Rev is as a consequence only a four piece on All is Dream. Jonathan Donahue ( vocals, acoustic guitar), Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiack ( guitar) and Dave Fridmann ( Mellotron, bass) are the remaining members from Deserter's Songs. There are lots of guest musicians on the album that colours the music with for example violin, flute and strings.

The music is still alternative rock with slight psychadelic and progressive tendencies. The music is pleasant and warm and generally pretty simple in structure. The instrumentation on the songs are rich with string arrangements which really gives the music a beautiful atmosphere. The vocals are soft and pleasant. All 10 songs on the album are enjoyable but I wouldn´t call them excellent.

The musicianship and production are very professional. The album is very well sounding.

All is Dream is a worthy follow up to Deserter's Songs but it does not reach the heights of that excellent album IMO. It´s definitely worth a 3 star rating though.

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Review by seventhsojourn
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3 stars Released in 2001, All Is Dream is the fifth album by New York indie rockers Mercury Rev. It's an ethereal collection of mainly love songs with recurring themes of time, night and the moon (the last being a metaphor for the female form) that give it the feel of a concept album. The overall sound on the album is lush, with rich orchestration and intense vocals. The compositions are mature with intelligent lyrics that are brimming with vivid imagery. Dare I say pretentious, without it sounding like a criticism?

Track 1, The Dark Is Rising, is arguably the best and most dramatic song on the album. It's like a symphonic epic in microcosm with majestic string crescendos and sensitive piano and vocal reveries. Tides Of The Moon has a dreamy, abstracted atmosphere with eerie organ and effects weaving in and out. Despite the shrill guitar solo and prominent rhythm section this song has a soothing, soporific effect. The next track, Chains, is a catchy psychedelic pop song featuring Mellotron stabs and piercing guitar. The orchestral strings on this track remind me of ELO, but I'm not sure if Mercury Rev would appreciate the comparison. Lincoln's Eyes has a sparse intro with vocals and weird effects. There's a sudden change in dynamics from soft to loud as drums, guitar and spacey effects are let loose. The closing section introduces a new theme with electric piano and bowed saw.

The next four songs are basically a series of indie pop songs, all nicely orchestrated and very pleasant. Of these, Little Rhymes features Mellotron and emotive pedal steel guitar, while Drop In Time sounds like The Beach Boys thanks to the timpani and orchestral effects. The other two songs are Nite And Fog and You're My Queen, both of which are nice but fairly unremarkable. Track 9, Spiders And Flies, is a typically quirky Mercury Rev song. It features piano and vocals, later joined by Mellotron strings and flutes. The mini-epic Hercules completes the album. This track begins with acoustic guitar and builds gradually as other instruments join in, and finishes with Mellotron waves and a treated guitar solo.

All is Dream is a fine album and there isn't a bad track on the recording. The album is aptly titled as it's an intricate and graceful dream-scape. However, in my opinion there is only one outstanding track so my overall rating is 3 stars.

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5 stars Although I have heard a few other Mercury Rev albums, the only one that I am intimately familiar with is All is Dream. This is alternative music but it has a lot of prog elements to is and that is probably what drew me to this album. I heard the song "Nite and Fog" and loved it for the lyrics ... (read more)

Report this review (#628411) | Posted by TCat | Tuesday, February 07, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "All Is Dream" is absolutely brilliant, enchanting and extraordinary. The band's approach is a step up from the orchestral turn of Deserter's Songs. Musically, it is even more symphonic and darker. Jonathan Donahue's dreamy voice and lyrics are wonderful and here he sings some of the oddest lo ... (read more)

Report this review (#427381) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Monday, April 04, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Mercury Rev are an interesting proposition due to the fact that, despite their American roots, they possess a very European Romantic sensibility. The opener, Dark is Rising, could have come off of Scott 4 and the album as a whole feels very much like an English Psychedelic experiment. There ca ... (read more)

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