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Old 07-22-2012, 04:47 PM   #721
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Nvm. I can't read. And I was going to say that wasn't really an exact 1-5 order, but actually...it could be. I don't know. Those four are some damn strong albums, and up has too many songs that I like a hell of a lot to not be at the five slot. Ugh, my brain.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:00 PM   #722
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I listened to Out of Time whilst making dinner a few Sundays ago and it suddenly really clicked with me. I'd put it in their top ten.

As for top five, I'd have to go with:
Murmur
Lifes Rich Pageant
Document
Automatic for the People
New Adventures in Hi-Fi

Not sure of the order. I also haven't listened to Reckoning or Fables enough to really judge them.

I used to champion Reveal and I do still like it. But when leaving aside nostalgia it doesn't compete with those five.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #723
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I feel like we do this yearly, but:

1. Lifes Rich Pageant
2. New Adventures in Hi-Fi (I'd lose a few tracks as well, but the 12 best songs here compete with anything in their catalog)
3. Document
4. Murmur
5. Up

I've criticized Automatic For The People before; I think there's great stuff on there, but I'm not a fan of the track order, and Ignoreland is one of the biggest pieces of shit in their entire catalogue. Monty Got A Raw deal bores the fuck out of me--at least Star Me Kitten has atmosphere. Despite these things, it would still likely be my #6 because the rest of it is truly inspired.
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I don't care how much of a hipster it makes me, my top 6 would be all the LPs through Document, plus Automatic. That sound/production they developed in the IRS years is among my favorite things in all of music.
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Out of Time was actually the first CD I purchased. I bought a CD player a few months after it had come out (one of the first Discmen, the thing would skip if you breathed on it). It's definitely not one of my favorite REM albums, but it feel extremely nostalgic when I hear it.

I never realized New Adventures was so divisive.
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1. Out Of Time
2. Fables Of The Reconstruction
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:45 PM   #727
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I don't care how much of a hipster it makes me, my top 6 would be all the LPs through Document, plus Automatic. That sound/production they developed in the IRS years is among my favorite things in all of music.
Pretty sure that including automatic negates any hipster-ness of the other ones.
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Its too bad they never played (or had the chance to play) at the Superbowl

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Meh. I can only I imagine the two overplayed radio hits that would have sandwiched a sub-par new song if they'd done it in the last 15 years, and even if they'd done it around the time of automatic, how it would have been those same songs plus maybe one I'd like to hear in between. Ive never liked man on the moon anywhere near at much.
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SO not a Super Bowl band. Or stadium band at all for that matter.
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Meh. I can only I imagine the two overplayed radio hits that would have sandwiched a sub-par new song if they'd done it in the last 15 years, and even if they'd done it around the time of automatic, how it would have been those same songs plus maybe one I'd like to hear in between. Ive never liked man on the moon anywhere near at much.
Is there anything you don't dislike?
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:40 PM   #732
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You know, normally people use that line when i mention several things I despise, usually in some pretty descriptive language about how much I think they suck. It's beating a dead horse of a joke when you throw it into a thread where I've made it pretty clear how many other songs and entire albums I of the band's I love. I'd give you half a point for at least phrasing it in the negative, but not even NSW would have jumped to "iwb hates man on the moon=iwb hates everything".

That's a typical Super Bowl set. A couple major hits, a new song if it's available, and while there are several hits I do greatly enjoy, the ones from automatic are the most worn out to me. That's assuming that they would have played it recently, rather than at their height of mainstream popularity--which was that album. so either way, this hypothetical half time show would weigh heavily on that album. It's not one of my favorites (although if you scroll back a page or so, you'll see which ones are. Funny, since I hate everything, that I might have favorite anythings).
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Hippie liar.
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Now that's more like it.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:07 AM   #735
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Well, I just found it strange to hate on something that hasn't happened and will never happen whilst even making assumptions as to what they'd play etc. And yes, I know someone else brought it up but it was quite a lengthy answer. I didn't even mean it as a joke but more as a rhetorical question to point out that I found it strange. No offence intended and I'm sorry I wasn't funny.

 
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