Yerself Is Steam (studio album) by Mercury Rev

Yerself Is Steam
Yerself Is Steam by Mercury Rev
Year: 1991
Overall rank: 901st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 271 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1991 (17th)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (174th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (901st)

Mercury Rev bestography

Yerself Is Steam is ranked 2nd best out of 18 albums by Mercury Rev on

The best album by Mercury Rev is Deserter's Songs which is ranked number 647 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,949.

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Deserter's SongsYerself Is SteamAll Is Dream

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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.8/100, a mean average of 77.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.8.

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From 02/08/2017 16:20
I know it is a bonus track or whatever, but I wish Car Wash Hair was listed. It is one of the best songs on the album!
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From 10/02/2016 13:05
This is, as far as I know, pretty unique music. Very psychedelic mix of melody and noise.
There are some genius moments on here. However at other times I wonder why I am listening. Probably a bit too much of 'noise' for me all the way through. But then again, sometimes this album really amazes me.

Favorite tracks: Car wash hair (Hidden/Bonus track), Frittering
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From 08/19/2016 02:07
It's good. If it would have ended at Frittering, it would have been great. Very Sleepy River, was very f**king long, and not really any tonal shifts to keep it interesting. I don't know if Car Wash Hair is considered it's own track, but if so, it'd be one of my favorites on the album.

Favorite Tracks: Syringe Mouth, Frittering, Car Wash Hair

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From 05/28/2015 23:25
My favorite Mercury Rev album. It's not as poppy as Deserter's Songs and honestly, the guitar work is just breathtaking considering this came out in the same year as Loveless.
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From 09/25/2014 14:36
The years between the 80s and the 90s were historically crucial for the birth of a vaste range of new rock styles: noise, indie, shoegaze, brit pop, grunge... Yerself Is Steam is in the right middle of all this stuff and, thanks to Mercury Rev's recognizable psychedelic influence, is also one of the most important episodes in the development of rock music during this age. It sounds cathartic.
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From 04/15/2014 08:13
Same band, different sounds...If you are coming here after listening to "Deserter's Songs", well these are a different set of songs more in the realm of rock than that of pop music, still as good - as long as you are prepared for it and have adjusted your expectations...
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From 03/03/2014 02:42
Really good noise pop
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From 11/07/2013 10:40
chasing a bee is fantastic and Frittering is one of my all time favorites. the rest of the album while still good can't match the level of those two songs. still overall a very interesting album.
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From 09/21/2013 21:31
Hmmm ... I don't see what I'm missing. A lot of people who really liked this have similar tastes in music as me, but I just can't even vaguely enjoy this. I wanted to find a high moment but ... I can't really think of one. Sorry guys ...
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From 09/20/2013 15:09
My mind is blown. That is to say, my mental categories of music are going to have to be revised. It's weird and experimental and strange noises and good rock 'n' roll and alternative and artsy and .... I just don't know what to make of it. I can't even give it a rating at this time.
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