When grunge favorites Nirvana and Pearl Jam exploded commercially between 1992 and 1993, and the alternative style became rock's dominant direction for the 1990s, many major labels jumped on the alternative bandwagon and started signing an abundance of alt-rockers just as they had been flooding the market with long-haired pop-metal/hard-rock acts in the 1980s. Atlantic was no exception, and Surgery's Shimmer was among the many alternative rock releases that Atlantic put out in 1994. Not fantastic, but a generally satisfying, if uneven album, Shimmer ranges from forceful to moody. Surgery's more aggressive and intense side asserts itself on such punk-influenced, hard-rocking items as "Vibe Out," "D-Nice," and "Bootywhack," but the CD takes a much moodier and more shadowy turn on "Low Cut Blues" and "No. 1 Pistola." Despite being decent most of the time, Shimmer wasn't a huge hit, and it would turn out to be Surgery's only Atlantic album.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson