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Old 10-14-2011, 10:22 PM   #496
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"I Believe" is my absolute favorite from that album. It's just brimming over with a self confident vocal from Michael and is great for driving around late at night having epiphanies about the past/future.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:09 AM   #497
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The first four songs are all absolutely amazing. I'm leaning towards These Days these days (I swear to God, this was unintentional). The Flowers of Guatemala is a beautiful song as well. Too many to pick from!
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:16 PM   #498
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What? belong, endgame, texarkana, country feedback, and me in honey?

The thing is, unlike the Eagles: this band was never going to play retro shows for middle aged fans. They were a bit too 'cool' for all that
i'll take the break-up over rem turning into the eagles any day.
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At this moment I'd say Fall On Me as my favourite from Lifes Rich Pageant. But yeah, those three or four opening songs are all stellar. So it could just as easily be Begin The Begin or one of the others.
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:45 AM   #500
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I'm going out on a limb here and saying I may like Out of Time the most of their 90s albums. I had occasion to listen to it on a recent trip and while the car chewed the tape (yes, tape) and while I probably won't be replacing it, it was great fun while it lasted. That one album could contain Texarkana, Country Feedback and Shiny Happy People (that isn't meant to imply the latter is much chop, but the diversity of mood is what I'm getting at)...

Automatic For the People does less for me with every passing year.

Monster is quite interesting, and Let Me In is an amazing song.

Hi-Fi is a mess but the highs are very high.

After UP they just lost me completely.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:58 AM   #501
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Eh, I should say 'after Reveal they lost me completely'... UP wasn't the problem, just the last (in my view) fairly good album.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:22 PM   #502
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Reveal is so fucking boring.

I actually haven't heard Around The Sun, it's the only one I have left. I may or may not ever bother.
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I guess you should hear it once. But it ranges from boring to miscalculated to downright embarrassing (the attempt to replicate Radio Song by bringing in Q-Tip).
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Old 10-17-2011, 02:24 AM   #504
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Ugh, I'm listening to it. Well, I'm trying to listen to it beyond the sea of reverb and soporific keyboards. Did they go three straight albums without a pure rocker?

Thank God for Accelerate, even if it's far from perfect.
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Old 10-17-2011, 03:07 AM   #505
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Aftermath and Leaving (Was Never My Proud) are good enough, but the album is let down by how lethargic the whole thing sounds, especially Stipe's vocals. Wanderlust, High Speed Train, Ascent of Man, Worst Joke Ever, I Wanted To Be Wrong, Final Straw (worst REM song for me) and Boy In the Well.

They just sound so very bored with the whole thing. I don't mind if they wanna communicate a certain exasperation with being a liberal in Bush's America, but you can only sound so bored for so long before you bore the listener.
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Listening to High Speed Train was probably the dullest, most dispiriting experience of my REM fandom. Literally nothing happened for 5 minutes. Also, the Final Straw is every bit as pretentious and obtuse as Until The Day Is Done.

I haven't heard Live At The Olympia because I rarely bother with live doubles, but holy wow that setlist is incredible. FOUR Chronic Town songs? IRS R.E.M. is so wonderful, and it's great that they got back to that before their run concluded. At least they wrapped shit up better than fellow 80s darlings Talking Heads.
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Also, the Final Straw is every bit as pretentious and obtuse as Until The Day Is Done.

Yeah. I'm a pretty hardcore liberal, but R.E.M.'s anti-Republican/Bush songs are all godawful. And as much as I hate Ignoreland, at least it isn't boring as either of those pieces of shit you mentioned.
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I adore Around The Sun. Have always thought that album has a lot of deliberate passion in Michael's vocal delivery. And I think Up is quirky & cool. For mine, Reveal, Accelerate and, to a lesser degree, Collapse Into Now are the more boring ones.
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I adore Around The Sun. Have always thought that album has a lot of deliberate passion in Michael's vocal delivery. And I think Up is quirky & cool. For mine, Reveal, Accelerate and, to a lesser degree, Collapse Into Now are the more boring ones.
I'm with you. I never got why Around The Sun is so downgraded.
For me Accelerate, Collapse Into Now and Reveal are weaker than Around The Sun.
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Reveal spawned a few tracks I find especially memorable, namely All The Way To Reno, The Lifting, Imitation of Life and Beachball, and there is something still pleasant about Summer Turns To High and Saturn Return. Like Around The Sun, I rarely listen to it as a whole album. Reveal is very sufficient background music, and relaxingly summery.
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