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Old 10-25-2011, 03:05 AM   #586
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(not a very good recording)
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:22 AM   #587
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If Collapse Into Now had truly been the end, R.E.M. would have finished on a high note. But no, they had to go and release a final single, "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," which is so awful that it diminished my opinion of the band. I had to go back and listen to Collapse Into Now to get the sour taste out of my mouth.

I've been listening to the early R.E.M. albums in chronological order, and so much of that material still sounds brilliant and cutting-edge. Songs like "Harborcoat" and "I Believe" have a unique vibe that no other band has managed to harness, then or now. The members of R.E.M. were still developing their musical skills and Stipe wasn't much of a singer yet, but there was so much passion and energy!
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How can one single diminish your opinion of a band? They've only got a gazillion other songs.
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How can one single diminish your opinion of a band?
They call it Internet hyperbole.
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Just discovered this gem:

R.E.M. - Wendell Gee (Live, The Cutting Edge, 1984) - YouTube
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:05 PM   #591
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Hey it's one of those final four songs on Fables that I can never remember no matter how many times I hear the album, because they're so fucking boring.

If you mixed up the order and played them for me I would literally not be able to attach a title to any of them, unless I heard the title in the chorus or something. I can't hum any of them.
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It is a boring album but that song stood out (probably because of what it's compared to).
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Well I didn't mean to imply the whole album was bad. The first 7 songs or whatever are all great.
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Yeah, that albums hits a wall near the end. REM albums do tend to be a little weaker in the second half, but that one falls way off.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:31 PM   #595
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Not a big fan of Reckoning's second half, to be honest, which is why I'm always aghast when some people name it their favorite, or actually claim it's better than Murmur.
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Not a big fan of Reckoning's second half, to be honest, which is why I'm always aghast when some people name it their favorite, or actually claim it's better than Murmur.
I definitely like it better than Murmur. I only dislike the last song. The rest is good.
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Of the last handful of songs on Fables, I do really love Good Advices, because the lyrics are lovely.

"I'd like it here if I could leave and see you from a long way away."
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Not a big fan of Reckoning's second half, to be honest, which is why I'm always aghast when some people name it their favorite, or actually claim it's better than Murmur.
The first half is perfect, but yeah, the second half wanes a bit as far as songwriting goes. Murmur sustains that throughout and I adore the production. I don't know who gets primary production credit for those early albums, but they sound amazing in a very non-traditional way. The early albums are not pristine in the Steely Dan sense, but they are very unique and beautiful. That musty, hazy quality on the early albums suits Murmur best because the tone of the music (as well as the album cover) matches it, but you can hear it up through Lifes Rich Pageant.
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R.E.M never really released an album that was perfect, track by track. As solid as some of the albums are, there is usually a stinker (or 3) that will undermine the enduring quality of the entire thing.
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Lifes Rich Pageant doesn't have a bad track on it IMO. Hyena is probably my least favorite but it doesn't bother me at all, and Just A Touch doesn't have a lot of depth but it's fun.

But yeah, whereas Shuttlecock has like 6 albums where I actively like every song, R.E.M.'s aren't quite as perfect.
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