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Old 04-21-2015, 07:51 AM   #226
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It's all largely jangle pop, which surprised me a bit, I didn't have R.E.M. pegged as a band like that.
What the fuck, Cobbler! REM are one of the seminal jangle pop bands. Their first three albums are all jangle pop classics and helped define the genre.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:57 AM   #227
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Seriously, just listen in order starting with the Chronic Town EP. You won't hit a less than very good album until Green. R.E.M.'s IRS years are legendary, listen to all of it.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:09 AM   #228
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And Green still rewards your patience with Orange Crush, so it's not all bad there either.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:14 AM   #229
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There are days when I think Fall On Me is their best song, and there are days when I think Country Feedback is their best song. And on other days I hold personal exorcisms to settle the matter.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:15 AM   #230
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And Green still rewards your patience with Orange Crush, so it's not all bad there either.
Green is far from all bad; I'm just not sure how serious they were about it all or what headspace they were in.

I mean you've got World Leader Pretend, Orange Crush, Turn You Inside Out, Hairshirt...

and then you've got Stand. And some other stuff.

I dunno, I have some fond feelings for the album despite its bubblegum thing.
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What the fuck, Cobbler! REM are one of the seminal jangle pop bands. Their first three albums are all jangle pop classics and helped define the genre.
Mate I'm too busy arguing about Kanye on the internet to read up on jangle pop history. I'm just proud I know what it is.
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Whenever I think of Stand I just think of this.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:23 AM   #233
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Hey, remember when the Late Show got Norman Yem to do Losing My Religion?
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There are days when I think Fall On Me is their best song, and there are days when I think Country Feedback is their best song. And on other days I hold personal exorcisms to settle the matter.
You have to be exorcised from Michael Stipe himself, since those two are his favourite R.E.M. tracks.
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God I love this.

Always sing it when Stand comes on.
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You have to be exorcised from Michael Stipe himself, since those two are his favourite R.E.M. tracks.
Ah did not know that. Now maybe i really am he.
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Green is far from all bad; I'm just not sure how serious they were about it all or what headspace they were in.



I mean you've got World Leader Pretend, Orange Crush, Turn You Inside Out, Hairshirt...



and then you've got Stand. And some other stuff.



I dunno, I have some fond feelings for the album despite its bubblegum thing.

World Leader Pretend, Pop Song 89 and Hairshirt are amongst the best REM songs ever. Green is a great album!


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Cobbler, you already own Lifes Rich Pageant (my personal favorite). Ignore all these people insisting you go chronologically and just dive in. It's a really fun album that also has a couple of their most beautiful tracks as well (Fall On Me, Flowers of Guatemala).

If you enjoy it, you can either go forward to Document or back to Murmur.
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Lifes Rich Pageant (my personal favorite)
I go back and forth between this and Document, but what a run they had in the 80s.
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This thread bump caused me to take Murmur with me in the car today, and at one point a song started and I was like "Wait a second, Don't Go Back To Rockville isn't on this album!" only to realize it was Shaking Through.

Anyone else find these songs very similar? I think Shaking Through is superior, and since I'm already mixed on Reckoning (particularly Side Two), the redundancy is unfortunate.

Also, I'm not a fan of the verses on Pilgrimage (there could have been a stronger track 2), and not not a fan of 9-9 or West Of The Fields. It's what prevents this from being a truly great album for me, though what's left is fantastic and it's still one of the strongest debuts of the decade.
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