The Mercury Program
Chez Viking


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trav Russ USER (1 Reviews)
February 16th, 2012 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chez Viking takes all of The Mercury Program's albums and puts out a solid, cohesive representation of their sound.

For over a decade, Gainesville-based The Mercury Program have been releasing their own brand of groove-led instrumental jazz-rock. Chez Viking, released in 2009, takes all of these past albums and puts out a solid, cohesive representation of their distinctive sound.

The most characteristic and recognizable aspect of this sound are the vibes and piano. They provide each song with its own ambiance and mood, weaving in and out of the drums and accompanying or supplementing the guitar lines with sparse melody. The guitar work provides a constant melody with great rhythmic timings reminiscent of U2. "Arrived/Departed" and the title track are great examples of this. The rhythm section is more or less the focal point of this album. The drums and rolling bass guitar lock together in pulsing, quirky, and off-kilter timings and offer an exciting counterpoint to the mostly constant guitar and sparce piano. "Backseat Burnout" and "Stand and Sing" showcase this talent.

Chez Viking may appeal to some because of the song lengths, which never exceed 6:30. In a genre where many groups tend to push longer lengths and sweeping, dramatic tracks, The Mercury Program can be a small dose, an earthy, jazzy alternative to please those who like the intricate songwriting of Post-Rock, but not too much at once. 4/5


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balcaen
February 15th 2012


3183 Comments


pos'd but it's a bit short. people write sound-offs this long around here.

anyway, i dig this album. more people need to know about this group and this definitely deserved a positive review.

twlichty
February 16th 2012


3441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet to see a review up for this, excellent album

i tend to be a fan of reading (and writing) short, too-the-point reviews.
So POS

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Cheesesandwich2
February 16th 2012


85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, i didn't want to make this too long for a first review. I felt that i would end up talking out of my ass if i pushed the length any more.

MaskAtTheMasquerade
February 16th 2012


2888 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool to see these guys getting some listens

Reaganiswhoopass420
February 17th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this review was better than my term as president

tatermashter
October 12th 2012


4 Comments


Your term as president was less than excellent? In other news, this album is soooo damn happy. Especially the title track. Crushingly positive; It's enough to make you not cry.



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