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Old 10-02-2014, 07:56 AM   #181
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Airportman is about 2 minutes too long. But otherwise I like most of Up.
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she's three miles up that road
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Old 10-02-2014, 07:58 AM   #183
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Jokes aside, the track they loosely based on 'Susannah' by Leonard Cohen (very, very loosely), is a favourite from that record. 'Hope'.
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:19 AM   #184
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What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
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Love these songs.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:58 AM   #185
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You could make a valid argument that REM has made a bigger impact on music than U2.


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Old 10-02-2014, 10:25 PM   #186
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I still have Monster on cassette, and nothing to play it with.

It's like everyone sent them to the remainder bins because of some bad mojo, because it isn't a bad record at all. It was their POP moment.
Monster... It's my favourite R.E.M. album.
But I'm an attypical fan. I do enjoy, but I'm not a fan of their early years, the I.R.S. era (besides must Murmur and lots of tracks from the following albums). And yes, I think they succeded very well with Up with the post-Berry transition. In fact, I prefer by miles Up to Hi-Fi.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:33 PM   #187
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Up and Hi-Fi could both both lose 3-4 songs and it would improve them. It's a 90s thing.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:10 PM   #188
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Accelerate is pretty good, too. Can't touch their pre-2000s material, but it's a good album. Out Of Time is still my favorite and its not cause of Losing My Religion. Radio Song, Endgame, Near Wild Heaven, Country Feedback, etc. Such a great album.


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Monster... It's my favourite R.E.M. album.
But I'm an attypical fan. I do enjoy, but I'm not a fan of their early years, the I.R.S. era (besides must Murmur and lots of tracks from the following albums). And yes, I think they succeded very well with Up with the post-Berry transition. In fact, I prefer by miles Up to Hi-Fi.
UP gave me new hope for them at the time, but in hindsight I guess it might have been a false dawn. Reveal was so slick and just kind of dull (not unlike ATYCLB).

I'm by no means beholden to the 'IRS years' although, I guess, Lifes Rich Pageant is a high point of all time... Fall On Me, Cuyahoga, Begin the Begin etc. Just personally, I could happily never listen to Automatic For The People again.
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Accelerate is pretty good, too. Can't touch their pre-2000s material, but it's a good album. Out Of Time is still my favorite and its not cause of Losing My Religion. Radio Song, Endgame, Near Wild Heaven, Country Feedback, etc. Such a great album.


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Texarkana is fantastic! God I love this band so much... maybe more than U2. At least this band has a front man that I'm not embarrassed with. Stipe doesn't do any cringe-worthy back-pedaling like Bono has done in the past, undermining their own experimental creative phase. But... I shouldn't compare I guess.

Was listening to Monster in the car after talking about it in this thread yesterday. I love it as much as I loved it on the last listen several months ago. It took me back to that moment in 1994 when the Kenneth video was about to premier on MTV. First scene and we see a singer who's head is not in the frame. As the song progresses, the fans quickly realize that Stipe is now completely bald! That was an exciting time as a new R.E.M. fan for me. I had only known all the singles and videos from Out Of Time and Automatic up to that point. Monster was my first album purchase of theirs.
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Reveal is all sunny, light, and unsubstantial.

But I like shiny happy people AND stand, so whatever. I like the cheese factor.
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:52 AM   #193
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Oh.. also,

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It was their POP moment.
Tongue is totally their Lemon.

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I don't know that they have a Lemon. Oh maybe they do, but it's something leftfield like Ebow the Letter.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:28 AM   #195
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I was half joking anyway. I was mainly pointing out that both songs have falsetto vocals almost all the way through. Other than that they are quite different.
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