For their third full-length and Columbia Records debut, MERCY…(DANCING FOR THE DEATH OF AN IMAGINARY ENEMY), New Jersey quintet Ours relocated to L.A. and tapped Rick Rubin as producer. With new guitarist Static delivering Edge-like guitar work and Jimmy Gnecco switching between Bono-esque howls and ecstatic falsettos, Ours clearly boned up on U2’s signature sounds and recast themselves as a heavier version of the Irish quartet. The transition works, though, as MERC delivers knock-out after knock-out of barbed, tension-and-release alt-rock.
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AllMusic Review by Pat Sullivan