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Old 03-02-2003, 02:41 AM   #16
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Well no REM album since Automatic for the People has REALLY blown me away, but every album since then - including Reveal - has at least a few outstanding songs. I think they were really onto something when they did UP. It's got a certain organic vibe to it and some very very good lyrics (eg. Sad Professor).

Some of the stuff on Reveal is very bland. I have a hard time with it. However 'I've been high' is good.
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Well no REM album since Automatic for the People has REALLY blown me away, but every album since then - including Reveal - has at least a few outstanding songs. I think they were really onto something when they did UP. It's got a certain organic vibe to it and some very very good lyrics (eg. Sad Professor).

Some of the stuff on Reveal is very bland. I have a hard time with it. However 'I've been high' is good.
I pretty much completely agree. I have about 4, possibly 5 songs off of Reveal that I really like. The rest I have a very hard time listening to.

I was extremely impressed with Up when it came out. I just really like the feelilng and lyrics of that album.

I think we're really in the minority with our opinions on Up though, Kieran McConville.
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Quite. Well all things in retrospect. I think ten years from now UP will get better press. It's not Out of Time but it's decent. Plus one of the songs even namechecks Brisbane! lol.
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Plus one of the songs even namechecks Brisbane! lol.
That's funny, a song on New Adventures in Hi Fi namechecks Salt Lake City.
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See: K. Although I dont think Reveal was that bad. Not near outstanding, but ok. Ok can be good enough sometimes.
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Wow. I'm surprised a lot of you were disappointed with Reveal. Of course, I haven't heard Up, so I don't have that particular point of comparison, but I thought Reveal was a lovely album and that all of the songs were really strong. Just my humble opinion.

And I really need to listen to more early REM.
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Yeah - tons of great songs early in R.E.M.'s career...

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I didn't like Reveal all that much either. I listen to it maybe once every few months.
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My prefered Reveal Tracklisting:

All the Way to Reno
She Just Wants to Be
Disappear
Imitation of Life
I'll Take the Rain

Most of the other songs tend to annoy me/bore me/make me wonder about REM's future
I think I need to give this album another listen though, been a long time.

edit: ok, I'm listening to Reveal right now, I remember 2 of the biggest reasons why it annoys me:
1- All of the songs seem about 1 to 2 minutes longer than they should have been
2- All most every song is the same tempo/style. What heppened to the variety you used to get with REM?
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Yeah. I suppose there could be a bit more sonic variety on the album. But I still find it hard to believe that a song like The Chorus and the Ring or the Lifting could make anyone wonder about REM's future. But to each his own, I guess.
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Yeah. I suppose there could be a bit more sonic variety on the album. But I still find it hard to believe that a song like The Chorus and the Ring or the Lifting could make anyone wonder about REM's future. But to each his own, I guess.
The Lifting is the kinda song that I like one day, and hate the next. I liked it when I listened to it today. I was ok with I've Been High too, which I normally cant stomach.

I've never liked Chorus and the Ring.
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Reveal is a decent album in REM's catalogue
I love Up
"Walk Unafraid", "Sad Professor", "Daysleeper", "Falls to Climb"
such great lyrics

ever since New Adventures I get this feeling that Stipe's genius just outshines the rest of the band a bit too much
Up is one of my top 3 fav REM albums though
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