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The Mercury Seed: Throwing Rocks at the Sun

Here on the Sea, we often have no idea what we're going to hear when we pop in a CD and press "play." Sometimes, we're pleasantly surprised or starkly disappointed. Rarely, we're knocked on our asses. Throwing Rocks at the Sun knocked us on our asses.

The Mercury Seed's big, expansive sound gives a noble nod to all of the classic-rock greats Bruce Springsteen, U2, Tom Petty, The Stones, Bob Seger, The Black Crowes and the New York band's melodic, guitar-fueled rock mixes toughness with sincerity. Every one of the dozen tracks on The Mercury Seed's third album, which this quintet divides into "side one" and "side two," captures a young band at full throttle. In 2006, these guys were selected by XM Radio to open for Bon Jovi at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut in front of 15,000 fans, and that gig must have given The Mercury Seed a blast of self-confidence. Some of the best guitar solos you'll hear all year happen on Throwing Rocks at the Sun, the songs are accompanied by husky and convincing lead vocals with swelling choruses, and the band's own production gives the album that extra oomph that many discs by better-known artists lack these days.

The Mercury Seed's music doesn't pretend to break new ground, but it does fill a void in American rock with a truly remarkable record designed to reignite passion within music fans who often wonder where all the good music has gone. With Throwing Rocks at the Sun, The Mercury Seed has sown the roots of what should be a productive career.

Track Listing
Side One:
1) This Time
2) Under the Radar
3) Liferaft
4) So Removed
5) Dreamtime Oblivion
6) Let's Play Make Believe

Side Two:
7) Sinking Like A Stone
8) Trap Door (In Heaven)
9) Weight of the World
10) Start Again
11) Letting Go
12) Against the World
Dressed to Kill (Hidden Track)
Trap Door (Reprise) (Hidden Track)
Under the Radar (Acoustic) (Hidden Track)

Added: July 8th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: The Official Mercury Seed Web Site
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Language: english

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