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Old 04-22-2015, 05:59 AM   #271
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C'mon, Disturbance At The Heron House is amaaaaaazing.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:05 AM   #272
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C'mon, Disturbance At The Heron House is amaaaaaazing.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:18 AM   #273
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I feel guilty for being unable to really get into R.E.M's first few albums. Especially Murmur, I've listened to it in full a number of times but regretfully can't remember anything from it.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:36 AM   #274
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Vlad n U2, I must confess I have listened to Murmur quite a few times without being able to remember a damn thing about it. Except maybe 'Perfect Circle'. I'm not saying it's no good, but... yeah, doesn't really register that much with me. I honestly don't know if I buy the 'longest, gentlest downhill slide in music history' narrative. That belongs more properly to Arcade Fire.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:39 AM   #275
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Nah, that downhill slide doesn't apply to R.E.M. at all. Murmur is one of my favourites, but Lifes Rich Pageant is their masterwork, and most bands can only dream at making their 10th record as good as New Adventures in Hi-Fi.
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Old 04-22-2015, 06:43 AM   #276
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Definitely agreed on most of that. If only Bill Berry hadn't taken up punkin farming...

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I've never been able to get into New Adventures in Hi-Fi. I find the experience of it exhausting, though 7 or 8 tracks on it are legitimately great. There are way too many songs on it and the album grows increasingly scattershot after side 1 ends. If I had I vinyl copy, half the time I wouldn't bother flipping it over. It's a classic example of a 90s album suffering from the novelty of the CD format. "We have 80 minutes to work with now?? Fuck 10 songs, let's do 14!!"

It's great for a bunch of guys in their mid 40s though. Downright amazing, in fact, for a while.
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It's way, way, way too long. But it's got E-Bow the Letter and Electrolite and also they weren't in their mid 40s when it happened. Late thirties maybe.
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The album ends on a fantastic note with the final three songs. If anything, it stumbles a bit in the middle. By far their best non-IRS effort.

As good as opportunity as any to say that I have always been thoroughly underwhelmed by the majority of Automatic for the People.
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Oh yeah, mid 30s. It's 5 AM and I can't count.

Unpopular opinion: Electrolite is discount Nightswimming.
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Electrolite is discount Nightswimming.
Well, you can't count and you can still say things that are more stupid.
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Old 04-22-2015, 07:06 AM   #282
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I think the tempo is too fast. That's my problem with it. It's like they're playing a cheery single version of Nightswimming at 2x tempo and I can't savor it. Does that make sense? No? Oh well, I tried.

"20th century go to sleep" is an almost tattoo worthy lyric, if that's anything. I love that shit.
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The 20th century went to sleep when he ordered, what more do y'all want.
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I'm not scared. I'm out of here.
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That's the perfect line to end a career on, Bill.
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