Magdalena Bay - Mercurial World
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #432 / 753
User Score
2021 Rank: #25
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Under the Radar

Even with all its ambitious themes and artful genre explorations, the appeal behind Mercurial World is fundamental and immediate; Magdalena Bay are quite simply talented pop songsmiths.

80
Pitchfork
Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin’s fuzzy, rococo synthpop confections have a magic power: They sound like whatever you grew up with, whenever that was.
80
PopMatters

On Mercurial World, Magdalena Bay weave disco, EDM, vaporwave, and video game music into a dense world of escapist charms and an inescapable structure.

80
AllMusic

On their debut full-length album, 2021's frothy and addictive Mercurial World, Los Angeles duo Magdalena Bay smash all of their varied synth pop, disco, and electronica influences into a big, sparkly blender and pour out one dazzling pop smoothie after another.

80
The Needle Drop

Even while the duo’s finding a distinct sound, Mercurial World serves bop after bop.

77
Northern Transmissions

Magdalena Bay’s debut album is an unpredictable jumble of all things happy, sad, frustrating and baffling, nicely packaged up in a little bubble.

74
Beats Per Minute

A careful collection of pop tracks that threaten, but never quite, reach a boil.

70
Exclaim!

Mercurial World rejects the ironic chintz and hyper pop-lite aggression of so many of their web-obsessed DIY contemporaries, cultivating a grounding opulence instead. Massive drums, glittering synths and dense strings land like jewels scattered across a velvet bedspread.

60
The Guardian

The LA duo’s debut offers sultry grooves and wraithlike vocals alongside a mix of sweetness and distortion.

58
Sputnikmusic

Although Magdelrium World are adept at layering synthesised LA gloss over shrewdly imagined popgressions, this all too frequently feels like a smokescreen for underwhelming vocals, dull hooks and an almost suspicious absence of personality.

Doublez
86

Mercurial World reacts like a real fairy tale, it is a colorful, mysterious, wonderful and incredibly seductive adventure. There's no doubt that this debut album can compete for a top spot this year.

I saw the future when I listened to Mercurial World and I am completely reassured. It's been a few years now that the world of pop music is changing in order to make the genre evolve towards new paths and finally it's almost mandatory to think that it will be done by Electronic. I want to prove ... read more

marvelgaryen
98

'Mercurial World' is an album crafted by minds that understand exactly how synthpop functions. The cadence of the songs goes beyond expectations, like they were made using every single aspect commonly known about the genre, the experimentation doesn't stay too far ahead, the use of guitars are always different but so are a lot of other instruments. The transitions are quite incredible, like seriously.... it took me places. It's a record that brings enthusiasm, emotions, intensity, reflections, ... read more

eliiscool5
83

Absolutely amazing. Without any prior experience with Magdalena Bay, their definitive sound presents itself in self-effacing enchantment right from the opening title track. The experience truly lives up to the album name - 1. volatile in styles, playfully hopping from sound to sound, drenched in synth and nifty rhythms. 2. sprightly, full of congenial energy delivered from an alluring character. It's one of those albums which gives great joy to both easy and dedicated listening - You couldn't ... read more

smit
85

the production on here is so detailed and polished wow

arthurmacielms
85

nossa, eu gostei bastante desse álbum. essa pegada psicodélica... pqp, sensacional. ouvirei muito mais vezes.
minhas favs: dreamcatching, the beginnig, secrets

99

The urge to praise one of my favorite albums of 2021, Sinners Can’t Get Readier Than This, wheels can’t be turned more. Mercurial World is built much like the cover, and the cover is beautiful, purple-ish (shades of), and full of different textures and little adornments that make it detailed yet cohesive. It works with a quick glance, and even more so the longer you keep staring at it. That’s the summary of the album. Every song works in the context of it, and most of them ... read more

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Track List

1The End
0:31
83
2Mercurial World
3:01
90
3Dawning of the Season
3:24
87
4Secrets (Your Fire)
4:05
92
5You Lose!
3:24
93
6Something for 2
3:36
85
7Chaeri
4:17
91
8Halfway
1:58
82
9Hysterical Us
3:55
89
10Prophecy
3:34
82
11Follow The Leader
3:04
81
12Domino
3:42
84
13Dreamcatching
3:27
87
14The Beginning
4:01
90
Total Length: 46 minutes
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Added on: June 30, 2021