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Old 10-25-2010, 06:43 PM   #76
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New Adventures is probably my favorite REM album, though that changes all the time. Though it only really shifts between that, Out of Time and Up.
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1. Document
2. Automatic
3. Pageant
4. Murmur
5. Hi-Fi
6. Reckoning
7. Out of Time
8. Green
9. Monster
10. Up

That seems about right for a top ten for me.
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Out of Time was the first CD I ever purchased. It was brand new at the time too, which makes me feel old.

I will not mention the second CD.
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Old 10-25-2010, 06:53 PM   #79
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Out of Time was my first CD as well! I asked for a decent boom box for high school graduation, rather than the obligatory gift of luggage, and got it.

So Out of Time was the first cassette I upgraded to CD. In the long-box packaging. Remember those? Good times.
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Luggage used to be an obligatory graduation gift?
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New Adventures is probably my favorite REM album, though that changes all the time. Though it only really shifts between that, Out of Time and Up.
Holy shit, we have the same favorite R.E.M. album (at least some of the time)?


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Ahh, though I love Stipe as a lyricist a lot of the time, I like Bang and Blame for its music, so sue me. But yes, laz, Circus Envy is great, I knew that there was a song I was leaving out off the top of my head, and that was it.
I wasn't talking about the lyrics, I meant the melody of the verses and that plodding beat. It's just weak. And it was even worse when they did it again on Bittersweet Me, again maybe the worst song on Hi-Fi that people seem to think it good because of a punchy chorus.

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I always liked the line off Circus Envy: "I spelled your name with Oatio's" WTF does that mean? OoooOoooo OOoooooo?
I'm pretty sure "Oatios" is a cereal, though since they're circle-shaped I'm not sure how one would spell someone's name like they could with Alpha Bits.

Sorry to burst the bubble of Stipe mystique on that one.
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Holy shit, we have the same favorite R.E.M. album (at least some of the time)?


There are like 5 of us who have Hi-Fi as their favorite, although mine alternates with Lifes Rich Pageant frequently.
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Luggage used to be an obligatory graduation gift?
Maybe it was a Wisconsin thing. I swear everyone I knew got luggage for college as a graduation gift.
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There are like 5 of us who have Hi-Fi as their favorite, although mine alternates with Lifes Rich Pageant frequently.
I'm talking more about the fact that Lance and I argue about pretty much every thing that isn't Scott Pilgrim. And for what it's worth Lifes Rich Pageant is my favorite IRS R.E.M. album.

Also, you don't have to tear down my enjoyment of Bang and Blame, I understand it isn't a revelation, but I like the mood/groove of it, so sue me.
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Murmur is still my favorite.
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The first album was better!
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Automatic, Murmur, Document FTW.

New Adventures would be great with like four songs cut. I also like Up, but it's the same thing there. 8 or 9 good songs per album, but they overstuffed them. Definitely not an issue with the early stuff. Plus, God, those albums sound so cool. Really subtle and atmospheric while still communicating positive vibes.
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I dunno, I always seem to like the first half of the IRS era albums way more than the second half.
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Murmur is still my favorite.
Me too, but Adventures is probably my favorite of their most recent albums.

I have a difficult time knowing what to do with Automatic for the People. My brain won't let me compare it with the rest of their catalog, as the album was such a huge deal in regards to sales, radio and MTV air time, my high school years, etc. Essentially everyone I knew owned that album, and it's what most people my age probably equate REM to. I've heard most of the singles from it so many times that they've lost any impact they once had, and have almost become cliche. I almost never find myself wanting to listen to it, other than a random "non-single" track here and there, as it's such a weird flood of memories, it's almost difficult to deal with. For some reason I try to talk myself into pretending it doesn't exist. I prefer a number of other REM albums as favorites, but it's easily the one that I know the best and had the most impact on me.
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