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Old 12-12-2017, 11:25 PM   #211
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Yeah, I was fully ready to co-sign with Travis until he said that. Collapse Into Now has a few proper keepers, it's the one post-Monster REM album that has elicited a modest degree of interest from me.
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Old 12-12-2017, 11:36 PM   #212
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It's weird because I enjoyed Accelerate a lot and even listened to it again a few months ago, but Collapse Into Now gave me this "oh that was nice but whatever" vibe and nothing stood out in a way that a few of the Accelerate highlights did.

I'm sure I'd still like it if I went back to it. The only bad REM album is Around the Sun, for my money.
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Seriously, New Adventures In Hi-Fi, Up and Reveal are pretty great albums, the middle one being my favourite R.E.M. album, but then again they are probably my favourite band too.

Yeah, Around The Sun is the "oops overstretched it there a bit" album, but in the years since and the band kinda disowned it, I've grown to like most of the songs especially the REM Live in Dublin versions from 2005. Their last two were good to great records and had moments that were up there with the 'golden age' - Living Well is the Best Revenge, ÜBerlin, It Happened Today while Supernatural Superserious is the kinda dumb but fun pop song U2 want to but can't seem to write, a song where verse and chorus are not sellopated together.
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I always forget New Adventures was after Monster, rather than before it. I think I don't rate it as much as most fans though. And from thereafter, I think the only song that would make my REM top thirty, were I to try to compose one, would be Discoverer.
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As much as I appreciated your review, the album doesn't require analysis beyond the running diary format, honestly. It's another big clusterfuck from U2 with a lot of clunky lyrics, disappointing guitar work, strange tracklisting choices and a few great highlights to give fans hope for the future. Same set of issues as SOI.
I'm not down on the album, but I see the general sentiment here. It's hard to have a strong opinion about this album either way; it's pleasant and inoffensive, simply meandering rather than bad in its weaker spots and interesting rather than great in its better spots. I think you are either going to identify with Bono's parental emotionalism or you're not, and that's about the end of it in terms of the album's replay value.
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I prefer Innocence to Experience. At least that one had The Troubles and Sleep Like a Baby. Only Little Things really comes close to them here.
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I would tend to agree with Peef here.

I’d also add that I really enjoy the vibe of Love is All and I think Book of Your Heart is fantastic and should be on the album proper.
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I prefer Innocence to Experience. At least that one had The Troubles and Sleep Like a Baby.
Agreed with this part.
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Did Martha ever get her cd?
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I sure haven’t. I wish it would come in the mail so I can finally hear the album.
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I wa just coming in here to post that it finally arrived in the mail yesterday, cracked case and all. I had to rush out to my date with The Last Jedi so I haven't even opened it yet.


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I was expecting 2 CDs in yesterday's mail and got 4.
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