Personally, we found the Mercury Rev live experience at Glastonbury 2002 rather dull but perhaps an indoor venue suits them better.
The latest Mercury Rev single – ‘Secret For A Song’ – was released on Monday, and has been receiving heavy airplay on XFM. (Mind you, when XFM decide they’re going to play a song, they tend to play it to
Dedicated fans of the Mercury Rev formula will not be disappointed; dedicated fans of innovation will be. The love-it/hate-it thin, weedy timbre in the singing remains, so it would be a surprise if there were many converts to the Mercury Rev cause.
Having said that, there’s no quibbles that the song is well-crafted and the melody carries itself well above the atmospheric instrumental backing. Let’s just hope the single is Mercury Rev providing a gentle reintroduction of themselves before unleashing new sounds, rather than an indication of an album stuffed full of the same old, same old.