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Old 08-31-2012, 12:31 AM   #811
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Hi-Fi could lose Wake Up Bomb, Departure, Zither, Bittersweet Me and Binky and I wouldn't notice or care. Two weak rockers that pale next to Kenneth, two songs that sound like replications of better songs on the same album, and one throwaway instrumental. 65 minutes is almost always too long anyhow. I'll go to bat for E Bow, Leave and New Test Leper any day, but to say there aren't any "clunkers" on Hi-Fi is to ignore how much material simply isn't anything to write home about.

Automatic also has perhaps the finest closing duo (hell, trio) I could name. The album is perfect for 15 minutes straight.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:32 AM   #812
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Monster sold well, but I don't remember much of anyone I knew who were REM fans actually liking the damn thing (whereas I remember quite a few of my friends who were REM fans being relieved by how much they liked HiFi). In the late '90's / early 2000's, every used CD store I visited seemed to have 20+ copies of Monster on hand at all times. I remember it was one of those CDs you could get considerably cheaper than other albums, because everyone was constantly trying to return it.
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Hi-Fi could lose Wake Up Bomb, Departure, Zither, Bittersweet Me and Binky and I wouldn't notice or care. Two weak rockers that pale next to Kenneth, two songs that sound like replications of better songs on the same album, and one throwaway instrumental. 65 minutes is almost always too long anyhow. I'll go to bat for E Bow, Leave and New Test Leper any day, but to say there aren't any "clunkers" on Hi-Fi is to ignore how much material simply isn't anything to write home about.

Automatic also has perhaps the finest closing duo (hell, trio) I could name. The album is perfect for 15 minutes straight.

None of those Hi-Fi songs you mentioned are anywhere near as bad as Ignoreland.

I've really grown to like Binky the Doormat and don't see what other song it sounds like. Zither is a diversion and don't know why it should be cut on an eclectic album about travel and movement

Bittersweet Me is definitely a waste of time though.
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Hi-Fi could lose Wake Up Bomb, Departure, Zither, Bittersweet Me and Binky and I wouldn't notice or care. Two weak rockers that pale next to Kenneth, two songs that sound like replications of better songs on the same album, and one throwaway instrumental. 65 minutes is almost always too long anyhow.
I think even Stipe alluded to this during an Accelerate interview how the 90's became a time when artists were putting out really long bloated albums just because the format allowed it, and how they fell victim to this trend as well.

I pretty much agree with your take on Hi-Fi, it would probably be one of my favorites except that it had too many songs that I skip. I really like Wake Up but it doesn't fit, just sounds like a Monster left over. I can bare Bettersweet Me, but the others I can't even force myself to listen to anymore.
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:19 PM   #815
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I like Bittersweet Me and Wake Up Bomb, but will admit they do sound like Monster leftovers. Though if someone talks smack about So Fast So Numb, I will fight them.
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I love Wake Up Bomb.

That whole album is their best post-IRS one by far. It is a bit too long, but I honestly am not sure what exactly I would cut.
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I loved HiFi. Plenty of good tracks on there. How the West Was Won, E-Bow, Undertow, Leave, Bittersweet Me and Wake Up Bomb to a name a bunch. I liked this album better than Up.
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Monster sold well, but I don't remember much of anyone I knew who were REM fans actually liking the damn thing (whereas I remember quite a few of my friends who were REM fans being relieved by how much they liked HiFi). In the late '90's / early 2000's, every used CD store I visited seemed to have 20+ copies of Monster on hand at all times. I remember it was one of those CDs you could get considerably cheaper than other albums, because everyone was constantly trying to return it.
I remember EP (more flashbacks!) posting some list of statisticallly most often returned albums, or most likely to find in a bargin bin, and monster being quite high on the list. I never had a problem with it.
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I love Wake Up Bomb.
Me too. And bittersweet me. I like both of them a lot.
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:55 PM   #820
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I have very fond memories of Monster, and will stand by Kenneth, Strange Currencies, and Bang & Blame as great songs.
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'Binky the Doormat' is in my top 3 favorite on Hi-Fi, along with 'Undertow' and 'E-bow', but I enjoy every song on the album, with maybe Departure being my least favorite, (despite it mentioning Salt Lake City )

Edit: Some nice Mike Mills harmonies on 'Departure' though.
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Wake Up Bomb is kick-ass.
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Go practice your T-Rex moves, Cori.


(I now think of a little arm dance when I hear that line)
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A hilariously bad video of me singing wtfk at a shithole bar with karaoke on Tuesday nights exists, although I cannot remember who has it on their phone. Some kid from work. It was remarkably in tune given the fact that I cannot sing, but imagine the most uncomfortable-on-stage person you've ever seen try to sing and multiple that by about 20.
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