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A Glorious Lethal Euphoria
Mermen
A Glorious Lethal Euphoria
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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"The Drowning Man Knows His God" is a song title that immediately lets you in on just what kind of nouveau surf band the Mermen are: a strange, mysterious one best approached with caution. Guitarist Jim Thomas picks up the...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mermen
Title: A Glorious Lethal Euphoria
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings
Original Release Date: 9/5/1995
Release Date: 9/5/1995
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Oldies & Retro, Rock Guitarists
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075679263421

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"The Drowning Man Knows His God" is a song title that immediately lets you in on just what kind of nouveau surf band the Mermen are: a strange, mysterious one best approached with caution. Guitarist Jim Thomas picks up the gauntlet thrown down by thrash master Dick Dale, in turn tossing it into realms of overamped sound generally occupied only by the likes of Neil Young, Sonic Youth, and Glenn Branca. On A Glorious Lethal Euphoria, Thomas eschews the feel-good for excursions into riff wreckage ("Pulpin' Line") and lengthy wavescapes that crash over the living room ("Obsession for Men"). Add a wry nod to the Gilligan's Island theme on "The Intractable Boy" and a passage from Brahms's Third Symphony, and you've got one that not even Brian Wilson would have thought up. --Rickey Wright

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Still amazing 13 years later. A totally unique ablum that f
J. Coyner | Virginia, USA | 03/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm currently 31 & a guitar player of 15 years. I've listened to this album for over 10 years & still enjoy it today. To me, that's the definition of a classic album. One you're intimately familiar with & have listened to for over a decade - yet you would listen to any song off the album any time it pops up on shuffle in your mega-music library.

I mention that I am a guitar player because I firmly believe anyone who appreciates quality, innovative guitar playing OR great guitar sounds should enjoy this album. Jim Thomas has definite identifiable influences, but his playing is unique enough to set him apart & make him an influential player.

Also worth mentioning - though this is an instrumental album - Jim's playing is SO lyrical that you don't wish for vocals even once.

If you're into bands like Pink Floyd, Neil Young, or Led Zeppelin I believe you will like this record. If you're a guitar guy/girl, I think you will like this record. If you like surf music, I think you will like this record. If you're a hater & pessimist, just go about your day & don't write a review unless you have constructive criticism.

Long live The Mermen."