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Old 10-20-2007, 10:49 AM   #31
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I enjoyed the first four, but I took Reveal to the second-hand CD store during one of my collection purges. I found it really frustrating because many songs would start promisingly and then just wouldn't go anywhere.

Good idea.

To me the faster/harder songs were ruined with strings & other embellishments, and the slower songs had too many bleeps and bloops.

Imitation of Life is a great single, but I don't get the love for crap like All the Way to Reno. "You know you are/you're gonna be a star". Are you fucking kidding me? Has he been taking writing lessons from Bono?

I think Stipe's lyrics were better when they weren't printed in the insert, though I do think that's a coincidence.
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Reveal wasn't that bad!

1. New Adventures
2. Up
3. Reveal
4. Monster

These are all I know. I don't like their other stuff much.
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The reason I rate the other albums so high, Monster through Up, might have to do more with the memories associated with these albums than the actual quality of music. Each of these albums takes me to a specific time in my life, and looking back now, they seem like some of the happiest.

Anyways, I love how large and diverse the REM catalog is.
I believe that the music you listen to in high school sticks with you forever! That's why I'm extremely nostalgic about albums that came out in the early to mid 90s and forever place them at the top of my lists. Even though there may be better stuff that came out in the 80s or 00s, that nostalgia factor pushes it up high.
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Old 10-20-2007, 12:56 PM   #34
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I don't know, I barely listen to anything I listened to in high school, and like you, prefer the stuff from the 90's, which I think is the greatest decade in music after the 70's.
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the 90's, which I think is the greatest decade in music after the 70's.
Amen brotha... AMEN!
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Old 10-20-2007, 01:39 PM   #36
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1. Automatic For The People
2. New Adventures In Hi-Fi
3. Lifes Rich Pageant
4. Out of Time
5. Monster
6. Murmur
7. Green
8. Up
9. Reckoning
10. Document
11. Fables of The Reconstruction
12. Around The Sun
13. Reveal
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:34 PM   #37
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I'm suprised Document has rated low on several lists. Even without the 1-2 punch of The One I Love and It's The End of the World As We Know It (which are overplayed but great songs), the first four cuts on the album rival any other R.E.M. album's opening:

Finest Worksong (easily in the band's Top 5 songs)
Welcome to the Occupation
Exhuming McCarthy
Disturbance at the Heron House

I'll agree, the second half of the album isn't as good as the first, with Lightning Hopkins and Fireplace serving as some serious filler, but King of Birds? Beautiful. And Oddfellows Local 151 is one of their stranger tracks, and a pretty unique album closer (in the vein of Monster's You). I think it's less all-over-the-place than Lifes Rich Pageant, and possibly a better "album" even if the songs are a notch below. Lifes is still my favorite though, followed by the equally all-over-the-place Hi-Fi.
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Document is an odd one. Odd fellow. I absolutely love Welcome To The Occupation, Disturbance... and King Of Birds. One I Love and End are great but wayyy overplayed so I listen to the above 3 a lot more. And then there's weird stuff like Oddfellows Local and Fireplace. I like Finest Worksong but don't love it. It's too busy for me. The album is a mixed bag IMO. Pageant is better!
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Finest Worksong

I like Document
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:48 PM   #40
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Too busy?! Are you thinking of the remix with the horn section? Because all I'm hearing on the album verison is that killer, BLISTERING guitar!

And the Mike Mills backing vocals--yes!

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Which is more awesome:

Begin The Begin or Finest Worksong?
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Guitars can...oh nevermind.
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:53 PM   #43
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Finest, by a nose.

But damn, this band is good at opening songs:

Radio Free Europe
Harborcoat
Feeling Gravity's Pull
Begin the Begin
Finest Worksong

...and the quality picks up again briefly with:

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
How the West Was Won
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Too busy?! Are you thinking of the remix with the horn section? Because all I'm hearing on the album verison is that killer, BLISTERING guitar!

And the Mike Mills backing vocals--yes!
Actually I was probably thinking about the Horn Mix too when I said busy. But even the album version, it's I don't know.. too loud or something. I like it but don't love it.

Begin The Begin is awesome!
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Airportman is terrible. Although, the title is cool.

Okay.. not terrible but not excellent either.
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