Mercury [14th Floor]

Mercury [14th Floor]

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by Long-View
     
 

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With Mercury, U.K. rock outfit Long-View serves up an impressive debut album that owes as much to Coldplay as it does to Catherine Wheel. Similarities to the latter undoubtedly explain Matt Pinfield's fascination, as the former WHTG radio host

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With Mercury, U.K. rock outfit Long-View serves up an impressive debut album that owes as much to Coldplay as it does to Catherine Wheel. Similarities to the latter undoubtedly explain Matt Pinfield's fascination, as the former WHTG radio host and MTV talent turned Columbia Records A&R guy inked the band to a Stateside deal. Launched with "Further," a swooning, melodic anthem that is as delightful as it is accessible, and boasting U2-like lyrics ("God's light will save us"), Mercury rarely poisons as it gives us beautiful, Bunnymen-styled ballads like "Can't Explain," gorgeous shoegazer breezes like "Electricity" and "I Would" and roaring, energetic rockers like the hook-injected "When You Sleep." While singer/brainchild Rob McVey most often recalls Rob Dickinson of the aforementioned Catherine Wheel -- which isn't a bad thing at all -- his resonant pipes go even further on "In a Dream," a slumbering, ethereal melody. And damn if the pop-touched spitfire "Nowhere" doesn't re-open the capsule shut by the demise of Kitchens of Distinction.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Import [generic]
UPC:
5050466688620
catalogNumber:
66886

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Long-View   Primary Artist
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Simon James   Concert Master
Rod McVey   Group Member
Aidan Banks   Group Member
Matt Dabbs   Group Member

Technical Credits

Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Rick Parashar   Producer,Engineer
Brian Rose   Producer
Sam Hofstedt   String Preparation
Geoff Ott   Engineer
Nick Williams   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Phil Bullyment   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Dave Burnhamm   Engineer
Christian Mock   Engineer

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