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Old 05-28-2013, 01:10 AM   #981
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The song sucks. And if you like it, you suck too.
Quite the diplomatic charmer, aren't you?

I don't love it. But I don't hate it either. And if I had to pick the best songs from Automatic, it certainly won't make it.
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Though the song does sort of suck, I like Ignoreland more than almost every song on Reveal and Around the Sun at least. It shouldn't be on Automatic though.
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I can't even...

It's like looking into an unflushed toilet and trying to pick out which turd looks the best.

Honestly though, as much as I am bored to tears by Reveal, I'd put The Lifting above Ignoreland. There are probably a few others but I haven't made it past the first half of that album in 10 years and don't even remember how those weak-ass songs go.

Imitation of Life is better too, no?
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Imitation of Life is better than most R. E.M. Songs, imo
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Imitation of Life would be in a small group of REM songs I love.
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Wow I just realized that I haven't listened to Imitation Of Life (or the whole album as a matter of fact) in several years! lol. The album is sort of a snoozer, isn't it? I like The Lifting and Imitation. Reno bores me. The rest I don't even remember properly but there are a couple of sunny tracks there.

And I never bothered with Around The Sun after reading all the negative reviews. But I do have like 3 songs from it in my itunes.
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Imitation of Life is better than most R. E.M. Songs, imo
Replace Imitation with The Great Beyond and I almost agree with you. Utterly gorgeous track! Imitation is nice too though.
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Regarding 'Shiny Happy People', I have always nurtured hopes of some atrocious death metal band covering it.

Real slowed down, sludgy, but with a little keyboard riff tinkling over the top. And some changes to the lyrics

Throw your love around
happy happy
I'll put you in the ground
shiny shiny!

I haven't listened to Reveal since 2001 and don't count my life notably poorer for the omission.
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There are a few passable songs on Reveal. Imitation of Life is great, yeah and All the Way to Reno is enjoyable too. The rest of the album is boooooorrriiiiing

I don't remember there being good songs on Around the Sun.
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I've always enjoyed Boy in the Well.
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That's the best song from that album for sure.
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I don't remember there being good songs on Around the Sun.
Come on, you don't like Radio Song Pt. 2 with Q-Tip??


So despy.
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I've still never listened to Around the Sun.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:32 PM   #994
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Aftermath is good.
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I've still never listened to Around the Sun.
I would say a one time listen through would be worth your time, maybe when you are really really bored.

If anything it would give you an appreciation for how relatively good Accelerate and Collapse Into Now are...

or just make you sad how far they fell from the IRS years.
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I've still never listened to Around the Sun.
I'll loan you my DVD-A copy. That should make it more interesting.
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After spending a great deal of time with Patti Smith's discography, I've started to notice how cleverly E-Bow the Letter is structured as a duet. The two of them actually seem to handle each other's vocal parts, or at least what you would expect from them. Stipe's vocal is very, very Patti Smith, with words flowing and tumbling out like she would have on Birdland or some other Horses era track, and Smith delivers a low, rumbling harmony that Stipe usually kills. Man that's a great song.

Guess it's time for a new thread, but I don't want anyone to forget that REM broke up.
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