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Old 08-09-2012, 04:13 PM   #751
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Is there an R.E.M. album that concludes as insubstantially and generically as Accelerate? I never listen air it through Reveal or Around the Sun but surely they don't have the auto-pilot nature of Horse To Water or the inanity of I'm Gonna DJ.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:56 PM   #752
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I like Horse To Water pretty well.

I have no explanation for I'm Gonna DJ, however; it is inexcusably horrible.
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Once Laz gets a hard on for a song, album or band, he never lets it go and never lets you forget.....
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I like Horse To Water pretty well.

I have no explanation for I'm Gonna DJ, however; it is inexcusably horrible.
This. I still like Accelerate quite a bit. Living Well is the Best Revenge is the best rocker they did in ages.
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Rest of the album is entertaining if occasionally slight. Something like Hollow Man is great but ends just as it's getting started.

But Horse To Water...no. I'd like someone to explain to me what in this song puts it above generic. If I wanted to listen to Reckoning I'd put it on and hear something 10x better like Pretty Persuasion. And the stuff on Monster had a lot more character.

Standouts for me are Submarine, Mr. Richards, and the title track.
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Hollow Man is just embarrassing and certainly a low point of the album. Mr.Richards is pretty dull too. Other than that, I like the album just fine. Horse To Water has more energy than 90% of Around the Sun, and it seems like the band just wants to rock for 3 minutes.
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If all you're looking for is energy, ok. Yeah, it was a relief after Around the Sun, but I prefer a little substance to go with it.

Auto-pilot.
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Auto-pilot.
One could make that argument for most of what came out after Up.
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'Falls To Climb'
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Listen to a "Chronic Town" era concert:


R.E.M.’s ‘Chronic Town’ turns 30 today — hear an hour-long 1982 concert

Setlist: R.E.M., Merlyn’s, Madison, WI, 4/24/82

1. “Gardening At Night”
2, “9-9″
3. “Ages Of You”
4. “Shaking Through”
5. “Laughing”
6. “Romance”
7. “Sitting Still”
8. “Pretty Persuasion”
9. “That Beat”
10. “Catapult”
11. “Radio Free Europe”
12. “Wolves, Lower”
13. “Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars)”
14. “White Tornado”
15. “West Of The Fields”
16. “Stumble/Apache/Skank”
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