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Yerself Is Steam

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Much praised in the U.K. press, this is a reissue of the 1991 debut of a highly touted Buffalo, New York, band. Somehow tuneful psychedelia cheerfully coexists with the white-noise maelstrom. --Jeff Bateman

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Chasing A Bee
  2. Syringe Mouth
  3. Coney Island Cyclone
  4. Blue And Black
  5. Sweet Oddysee of a Cancer Cell T' Th' Center of Yer Heart
  6. Frittering
  7. Continuous Trucks and Thunder Under a Mother's Smile
  8. Very Sleepy Rivers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000028TM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on May 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, the Pixies, the Velvet Underground... good for you. But forget all that for a moment because this album is different. While containing elements similar to other revolutionary music, this album is a unique psychedelic vision with an early 90s underground sound--without the trappings or pretentions of their contemporaries.
Insane but beautiful.
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By A Customer on January 3, 2001
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This album seemed like some sort of nightmare when I used to listen stoned in college, rooted to the couch unable to move because of the FEAR and the beauty and energy in this disc. Finally I'd crawl to the stereo intending to stop it so I could relax, then a new song would start and I'd curl up and whimper with pleasure/pain again. Rumour has it they were on a group acid trip during the making of this, and it sounds like it. God, it's wonderful.
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Yerself Is Steam is an album of sweeping anthemic bursts of rock that follow strange trains of thought. The opener Chasing A Bee is a symphony of skilfully applied distortion and rumbling guitar attack behind world-weary lyrics, leading up to an earthquake-like climax and then subsiding to the tune of a flute, leaving the listener breathless at its conclusion. There are also the majestic swirls of Coney Island Cyclone, the straight hard rock of Syringe Mouth and the intelligent piano, orchestral buildup and poignant lyrics of Blue And Black. Steam was a most impressive debut album that extended the boundaries of rock in daring new directions. Just be warned that this is not immediate music - it takes persistent listening to really grasp, let alone appreciate, its subleties.
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By A Customer on September 19, 1999
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Fans of The Flaming Lips "In A Preist Driven Ambulance" & "Hit To Death in The Future Head" will love this. Mainly due to the fact that one time Lips guitarist Jonathan Donahue and longtime Lips producer Dave Fridman are members of Mercury Rev. "Yerself is Steam" stands as the classic Mercury Rev album. Former member David Baker adds an insane and inane side to the already frazzled and blistering song set. Starting with "Chasing A Bee" the album takes you on a trip that is probably similiar to the trip that the band was on at the time of the recording. Screaming guitars, wha, truckloads of effects and mindnumbing noise coming from all directions greet you on every song. "Coney Island Cyclone" is probably the most "radio friendly" song and is so catchy that you will not be able to get it out of your head for weeks. Each song is a mini symphony packed with enough things going on to last a lifetime. The classic "Car Wash Hair" is a hidden bonus not to be missed. Fans of this album should pick up anything by Shady (Dave Baker).
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Raw and swirling and aggressive, sweeping and atmospheric, and punctuated with haunting flutework...and this only summarizes "Chasing A Bee", the first track from "Yerself Is Steam", Mercury Rev's major label release. Nowadays the dimensional reference points for the band's musical universe rest largely on lushly orchestrated, psychedelically-tinged pop songs, but on "Syringe Mouth" and "Coney Island Cyclones", the tracks following "Chasing A Bee", the heavily distorted, wildly oscillating drones signaled that Mercury Rev skirted the more chaotic, wall-of-noise spectrum of psychedelia at that point in the band's career. In addition to the playful interlude "Continous Trucks and Thunders Under A Mother's Smile", which phases out in a a heavy burst of modulated distortion, four more fluidly arranged tracks are contained on this release: "Blue and Black", a piano-driven cut ending in an extended coda featuring a squalling guitar line that sounds like an angry hornet first levitating, then navigating its way toward an intruder; "Sweet Odyssey Of A Cancer Cell At Th' Center Of Your Heart" , a tympani-driven song containing heavily-phased guitar line which moves in a nearly symphonic progression to a sustained, explosive climax; "Frittering", a downbeat number which builds accretively from a single acoustic guitar to a heavily-fuzzed drone upon which a pitch-bent lead line is superimposed; and "Very Sleepy Rivers" , a murky, dirge-like, twelve-minute cut built around a soporific bassline, a heavily-distorted guitar drone kept largely to the background, mournful flutework, inarticulate howling interspersed with the lyrical content, and a plucked electric lead that sounds like a horde of trilling insects levitating and descending.Read more ›
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After joining and leaving The Flaming Lips after just one album (the tremendous "In A Priest Driven Ambulance"), Nathan Donoghue formed one of the other best bands of the 1990s, Mercury Rev. Their debut, Yerself Is Steam isn't as consistent as the Lips' best albums, but the highlights are superb, including "Chasing The Bee" and "Car Wash Hair". The first version I ordered didn't contain the latter track, so be careful when selecting a version. You don't want to miss out on the album's undisputed highlight.
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By A Customer on August 1, 1999
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this record does funny things to my head and my speakers....i am very fond of it indeed.acquired taste .car wash hair is one of the most beautiful songs ive ever heard.the record is all over the place to be honest...and sometime u just think they are testing your patience most notably very sleep rivers....i recommend listening to it at the loudest possible volume coz i think track 5 is totally demented!!!!!the production is bloomin huge!!!!!!it eats the speakers and shreds my head in a good way.intense in a mushroomtastic sort of way..a nice accompaniment to loveless......
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