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Brilliant psych-pop

David Baker was one of the original Mercury Rev-ers. If you're a fan of the early Mercury Rev albums, "Yerself is Steam" and "Boces", then check out this highly underrated album. Don't think of “World” as a typical album – it’s more like a strange trip. The infectious "hey yeah!" steamrollers like a train before slingshotting you into a watery underworld. The psych-pop gem "narcotic candy" is a rocketship escaping the planet. The luminescent "prosperous" drifts into clouds. It also takes you to extremely far-out places, like the tripped-out soundscape "Are You Ok?". There is psychedelic genius here. The lyrics are real, unreal, and surreal – and sometimes, all three. There are also top-notch performances from great musicians, including: Jimi Shields (Wounded Knees, Rollerskate Skinny), Martin Carr (Boo Radleys), Sooyoung Park (Seam), and Roxanne Stephens (Th' Faith Healers). And the mix of different talents results in an excellent variety of sound. If you dig any of those bands, or other purveyors of noise pop like My Bloody Valentine, 13th Floor Elevators, The Flaming Lips, Syd-Barret-era Pink Floyd, or Sonic Youth, chances are good you'll dig Shady's "World". David Baker one of the original Mercury Rev-ers – and he was also the original Shady. This album predates Marshall Mather's "The Slim Shady EP" by three years, and other Shadys by more than a decade. A very original album.

David Baker, we miss you.

David Baker was fantastic on the first two Mercury Rev albums (Yerself is Steam and Boces). He was a substantial contributor if not the frontman outright. Jonathan Donahue's voice was - at best - something that complemented Baker's wierdly gorgeous crooning, it offered another splash of color to the songs, and it made for a very cool dynamic. Without David Baker, that dynamic is gone. That said, Mercury Rev should have come up with a new band name before releasing music without Baker in the line up. They should have changed the name in honor of Baker's presence, his writing, his artistry, and his God given, masterful voice, and as a nod to the fans of the band's music as it was with David Baker in the line up. This album - WORLD - is superior to any and all of Mercury Rev's post Baker output. Listening to it now gives me that same churning inspiration that it did when it came out. David, if you're reading this - some of us miss you, and fiercely.


this is garbage, don't even consider buying this.

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