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Old 04-13-2005, 04:01 PM   #1
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REM 'Up' Appreciation... anyone?

I was listening today to what is probably the most hated / ignored REM album, Up. Personally, I love it. Okay, so it is downbeat, lowkey and depressing... so are The Wall and OK Computer. Airportman doesn't do much for me but starting with the 'sarcastic swell' of Lotus thru' the purple haze of Suspicion, the drama of Hope and the gorgeousness of At My Most Beautiful, I can listen to every single song here and sing along to it. Walk Unafraid with it's amazing build-up is one of the best songs here. And of course there's Daysleeper. Let's see. I'll be pleasantly surprised if this thread gets any positive replies.
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i like up quite a bit. i don't get why it's a commonly hated/ignored album.


daysleeper, walk unafraid, at my most beautiful are some of my favorite rem songs.
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Yeah, it's great. I don't know why everyone hates it. Monster and Around the Sun are way worse.

"You're In the Air" and "Diminished" also kick ass. "Why Not Smile" is very pretty too (and I actually prefer the album version to the acoustic B-side version).
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I like Monster! That's the first one I purchased at the time of release, although I got into REM during Out Of Time (Losing My Religion, of course). Haven't listened to Reveal or the new one, except for the radio hits.
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Monster and Around the Sun are way worse.

and i think reveal is worse than both of those.



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I bought this album in 1998.

It was the last REM album I bought.

When listening to it, I think I remember liking it, but I actually haven't listened to it in years -- like New Adventures in Hi-Fi, it elicits nothing more than a "meh" from me now. I'm much more an "Automatic" man.
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I like Monster!
I never understood, don't fuck with me, uh huh.
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Probably the last REM album I liked as a whole. It's not a classic, but it sure isn't bad.
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It's a poor album, but that song "Hope" is brilliant. I love it.
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Some great songs, a lot of filler, and airportman is the worst opener ever.
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Is it just me or these lyrics from Airportman are...

he moves efficiently
beyond security
great opportunity awaits

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I do like it a lot. I have very clear memories of listening to it for the first time and going into it not expecting much and being blown away. It's a different R.E.M. than with Bill but that's to be expected, right? That said, "Walk Unafraid" is still one of the most gorgeous songs I've ever heard. It works incredibly well as an album.
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i like up quite a bit. i don't get why it's a commonly hated/ignored album.


daysleeper, walk unafraid, at my most beautiful are some of my favorite rem songs.
Oh my God! You're female??? I always thought you were a guy!

(maybe because of your Green Day tirade)
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Oh my God! You're female??? I always thought you were a guy!

(maybe because of your Green Day tirade)

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.


you're not the first person to "meet" me online and think that.

how, may i ask, did you just find this out? is there somewhere on this board where my gender is being discussed that i should be aware of?
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Wait a minute, IWB is girl??!!!! I thought she was guy because she likes Ataris and Sum41!!!!!!
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