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Hey Mercedes

Loses Control

(Members From Braid)

Vagrant 389

Released on October 7, 2003

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LOSES CONTROL is remarkably tight and accomplished for a sophomore effort -- though not without good reason. Prior to forming Hey Mercedes guitarist/vocalist Robert Nanna, bassist Todd Bell and drummer Damon Atkinson played together in Braid, a band often referred to as "emo pioneers," though you probably won't find the trio pleading guilty to either description.

As powerful as it is melodic, the follow-up to 2001's "Everynight Fire Works" finds the midwestern foursome's sharp, wounded songs crackling in a guitar-driven bonfire set by producers Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Dinosaur Jr., Mighty Mighty Bosstones).

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 6 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Quality Revenge At Last Voted #2  17%
2 It's Been A Blast Voted #1  21%
3 Playing Your Song  8%
4 Knowing When To Stop Voted #3  13%
5 Boy Destroyers  7%
6 Unorchestrated  5%
7 Lashing Out  6%
8 Police Police Me  8%
9 Oh Penny  2%
10 The Switch  3%
11 Absolute Zero Drive  0%
12 Go On Drone  13%
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Christopher from Valdosta, GA 
Sep 27 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I bought this song after only hearing a sample of one song, and I must say it was well worth the purchase. Great cd, nuff said.

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Tim from Redding, CA 
Sep 17 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I have both CD's and I can say that this one kicks the other one's ass. Been a while since I've listened to it but it's still worth buying.

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Jack from Marcellus, NY 
Mar 18 2004 Rating: 3/5 Stars

I got this cd when because i read about them in ap, the insturments are good but the vocals are just too clean for me. The songs are well written and the first three songs are catchy but thats about it. First review i didn't give 5 stars.

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James from Alpharetta, GA 
Feb 29 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I listen to many different types of music and i have to say this is a sweet cd. This band is very talented and i think they have potential. Well not much to say really except a great cd and past cd's are great too.

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Christopher from Croydon, United Kingdom 
Feb 4 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

I would definitley recommend this - I have to confess to being a closet fan of the Vagrant crop of bands and despite its major label connections there is in fact some great music coming out of there, lets be honest, one more Alkaline Trio video on MTV is one less Britney clip and if the songs are substantial (unlike Good Charlotte, sorry guys, Im not convinced) then even better.... however for every scene in rock (and there is always 1 at any given moment) that breaks the mainstream theres always one really odd sounding band, not so much odd as they fit in the pack but you could easily identify them by sound alone... that band for the post Emo explosion would be Hey Mercedes.

Now being the old fart I am I hesitate to bundle these in the Emo bucket, I know Braid are seen as an Emo band and I know theyre on Vagrant and I know emo isnt emo anymore its just a name given to the poppy bands all the Bane fans hate... personally, I would rather file my copy of Loses Control somewhere between Where You Been by Dinosaur Jr and Candy Apple Grey by Husker Du - production wise - last Of The Daydreams by By A Thread but vocally the offspring of Hart and Mascis!

A well executed well produced 12 tracks, plenty of style and substance, Nanna has a great voice and an ear for a sublime hook - for anyone who is sick to death of blatant lyricism and singers who sound like thier nuts havent dropped yet and those who remember how enjoyable a good straight up rock record can be should shell out on this.


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Kev from Nottingham, United Kingdom 
Nov 30 2003 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Another solid release from HM....Pretty much in the same vein as the last releases,perhaps a little more polished than "everynight fireworks" but fits nicely with that album. The addition of a new guitarist makes little difference as with the mainframe of the band playing together for many years as BRAID before HM....recommended

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