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Old 09-21-2011, 06:36 PM   #91
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This is such a shame because I thought they were finding their groove again. Around The Sun was godawful, but I thought Accelerate and Collapse Into Now were both good albums. They'll be missed.
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same here....that was my exact thought when I heard about this earlier today.
We're so self-centered, arw.
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Theirs is an interesting recorded output in that I've never really been sure what their best album is. I would probably say that
Murmur
Lifes Rich Pageant
(love the lack of an apostrophe!)
Green
Automatic For The People
New Adventures in Hi-Fi


are all my favorites, equally. Reckoning, Document, Out of Time, and Monster would be slightly lesser efforts (but still great). Fables of The Reconstruction never really clicked with me, and of the post-Berry albums I'm only familiar with Up and Reveal, both of which are good but not great -- way over-produced, for one thing.
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Eponymous.

(No one else? Really? I am old?)
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While I could see REM getting together for maybe the sake of a benefit or a special concert. I couldn't see them getting together for a full blown reunion tour. I feel fortunate to have seen them 3 times, with two of those shows being at MSG. They were an awesome live band.
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New Adventures in Hi-Fi

Damn, where's Lance? This is the one thing we agree on.
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Eponymous was my first REM cassette. I really liked it at the time.

My favourite era had to be 94-95 with Monster and HiFi. Let Me In, Crush with Eyeliner and of course, Ebow the Letter.

I saw them in 2001 on a street and 2004 at Cobo Hall. Both were sub-u2 but still enjoyable.

Someone I know engineered the Murmur Deluxe edition tracks so it is easy forget that this was once a small little band that could. And also lets not forget the huge debt every Indie band post 1990 owes to REM.
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Damn, where's Lance? This is the one thing we agree on.

Eh? Favorite album? Almost.

1. Out of Time
2. Up/New Adventures
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How about your 10 favourite songs with a brief explanation why it is your favourite?

Country Feedback - One of the most emotional songs I've heard, largely thanks to Stipe's delivery and Peter Buck's beautiful guitar playing. The live versions present the apex of R.E.M.'s career.
These Days - So much fucking energy in this one! Amazing chorus, great lyrics, Stipe giving his all again. The ultimate R.E.M. rocker, along with...
Begin the Begin - Basically the same thing as These Days. These two should go together all the time. One of their most memorable guitar riffs.
Fall on Me - Stunning chorus. They could have played Stand Up Comedy for the rest of the song and I could care less. Thankfully, the verses are almost as impressive before that heavenly chorus comes in. Lifes Rich Pageant is a masterpiece.
It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - Probably the only R.E.M. hit I loved and it never got old for me. Basically the song that turned me into a fan.
New Test Leper - Brilliant lyrics, Stipe's best performance since the I.R.S. years. New Adventures in Hi-Fi is a wonderful album, which leads us to...
Leave - Bill Berry is a great songwriter. This is a 7-minute masterpiece, the guitar riff is infectious, and you gotta love that siren that just makes the song roll.
Try Not To Breathe - A personal favourite from Automatic For the People (album that never really worked for me). It's one of those songs with a unique R.E.M. sound that has never been replicated. There is no better example for Mike Mills' long-praised backing vocals.
Orange Crush - I'm a sucker for those songs where R.E.M. just decides to fucking RAWK. It's similar in that vein to U2 where most of my favourites belong to their heavier side. Gotta love that bridge, especially live when the audience goes nuts.
Laughing - The song that just sums up the beautiful and unique record that is Murmur.
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Didn't really listen to them all that much, but it's a shame to see them go. They really were a great band.
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Awful news. I never saw them live.
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Same, though I never really had an opportunity, didn't become a "real" fan til a few years ago.
there's a petition on twitter you can sign

to get them to reunite one last time for anyone that missed out on at least one live show
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1. Out of Time
Well it's something WE agree on at any rate. It's a toss up between that one and Automatic for me.
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How about your 10 favourite songs with a brief explanation why it is your favourite?

Country Feedback - One of the most emotional songs I've heard, largely thanks to Stipe's delivery and Peter Buck's beautiful guitar playing. The live versions present the apex of R.E.M.'s career.
Begin the Begin - Basically the same thing as These Days. These two should go together all the time. One of their most memorable guitar riffs.
New Test Leper - Brilliant lyrics, Stipe's best performance since the I.R.S. years. New Adventures in Hi-Fi is a wonderful album, which leads us to...
To these I would add:

Finest Worksong (I go back and forth on whether this or Begin The Begin is their best opener)
Undertow
Sitting Still
Harborcoat
Sweetness Follows
Find The River
I Believe
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