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Old 10-04-2004, 05:56 PM   #1
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REM new album "Around the Sun"

Album is released tomorrow here in the U.S. I can't wait to get my copy

I'll admit this album still is on the mellow side, in the vein of Up and Reveal, but I still love it. It's got a bit more of a band feel than the last 2, however. "Electron Blue" gives me goosebumps. I also like "I Wanted to be Wrong". It's one of those albums that grows on you more each time you hear it.

Soon it will be mine :evil laugh:

Can't wait to see Stipe and Co. in Indy in 2 weeks
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Love Leaving New York. Other than that, I dunno. I love the band but it sounds so ballady and...well...sort of....boring. There, I said it.

Maybe it will grow on me.
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Could it really be that Bill Berry was the driving force behind REM? They miss him alot. LNY is a good tune, but they could do with some nice bash and pop.
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I can't comment on the new one but I was sorely disappointed by Reveal (while remaining a lonely fan and admirer of UP).

I'm not sure it was just the Bill Berry thing, even New Adventures in hi fi felt pretty damn tired (although E-Bow the Letter was fantastic).

Still, will be interesting to see what they do this time.
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Old 10-05-2004, 04:31 AM   #5
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new adventure is amazing

especially Leave
great great song
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I'm debating whether or not to get this one.
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I'm debating whether or not to get this one.
i was thinking the exact same thing
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I can't comment on the new one but I was sorely disappointed by Reveal (while remaining a lonely fan and admirer of UP).
Don't worry, I'm with you on it. That cat can walk like a big bad man.
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especially Leave
great great song
Am I the only one who thinks the beginning sounds like an acoustic "Thong Song"? Great song on a great album, still.

As for Around the Sun, I'm still getting into it. I have to agree that it's kind of boring. It's also weird how direct Stipe has gotten with his lyrics and how jangly their sound isn't. I'm also getting sick of the drum machines.
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R.E.M.: "Around the Sun"

By NICK MARINO
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/04/04

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck believes that some songs on his band's new album could've fit onto "Up," the band's chilly and quasi-electronic (and poorly received) 1998 record, and that others could've fit onto "Automatic for the People," the warm and organic (and much loved) record the band released in 1992.

That's an accurate assessment since "Up" and "Automatic" were about feel, and so is the band's 13th full-length studio album, "Around the Sun." Don't expect Buck's strongest lead riffs or Michael Stipe's most urgent vocals this time around. Their musical gestures are subtle these days, and their rewards come with patience. More than a rock record, "Sun" feels like an impressionist painting — there's beauty here, but it won't leap from the canvas in sharp relief. If you're going to enjoy it, you need to allow yourself to be drawn in, to appreciate the whole watery picture until the details make themselves clear. You need to linger awhile.
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And here's a lengthy, but interesting article from the Athens Banner Herald newspaper...(Their typos and all...)

Interview with Downs, Mills of R.E.M.


hmm... that really was lengthy...
Here's the link:


http://onlineathens.com/stories/1005...41005017.shtml
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Their musical gestures are subtle these days, and their rewards come with patience. More than a rock record, "Sun" feels like an impressionist painting — there's beauty here, but it won't leap from the canvas in sharp relief. If you're going to enjoy it, you need to allow yourself to be drawn in, to appreciate the whole watery picture until the details make themselves clear. You need to linger awhile.


I got my copy yesterday, my thoughts exactly.

It's not gonna jump out at you, you've got to listen to it several times before it slowly seeps into your soul.


(Coming from a die hard REM devotee who loves every album in its own special way )
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the song with Q tip is probably the worst song REM ever recorder
as well as one of the lamest songs of 2004

this is fact
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Am I the only one who sees paralells between Michael Stipe's moves toward non-elliptical directness, and Bono's shedding of his once-compelling flights of poesy?

It's like they both just woke up one day and decided to not be ambiguous. This is, not surprisingly, both good and bad.
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I got Around the Sun yesterday and love it. The Outsiders "the lame with Q-tip" is a fabulous track. Boy in the Well, The Ascent of Man, and Aftermath are my favorite on the album. It has such subtlety to it, that it DOES take many listens for eveything to appear to you. That being said, I acctualyl liked this album from the first time i heard it on the internet a couple weeks ago.

Brilliant.
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I'm listening to it right now. I'm actually enjoying it, even though I wasn't expecting too after all the negative buzz.
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