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Old 01-24-2024, 04:21 PM   #61
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Up is a lovely album fuck you

Channel your hate to Around the Sun. Now there’s a bad album
Dude, i didn't mean it. Up's your favorite album? Good!
You and Mary Lou lost your virginity on the back of a car to At My Most Beautiful? Fine!


I just think it's undeniably R.E.M.'s Adore. Both bands had to make up for their drummer's departure, both tried to reinvent themselves and update their sound with a pinch of "modernity" but falling very short of expectations and never really recovering from that etc..

Heck they even employed the same guy (Joey Waronker) at some point

 
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Old 01-24-2024, 05:14 PM   #62
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that's definitely a strong parallel - main part I disagree with is that they never recovered

Accelerate was quite the upswing in that regard, and also unlike Pumpkins they knew when to actually call it a day

 
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Old 01-24-2024, 05:34 PM   #63
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Dude, i didn't mean it. Up's your favorite album? Good!
You and Mary Lou lost your virginity on the back of a car to At My Most Beautiful? Fine!


I just think it's undeniably R.E.M.'s Adore. Both bands had to make up for their drummer's departure, both tried to reinvent themselves and update their sound with a pinch of "modernity" but falling very short of expectations and never really recovering from that etc..

Heck they even employed the same guy (Joey Waronker) at some point
Accelerate is wonderful

 
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Old 01-24-2024, 08:39 PM   #64
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around the sun is the sound of a legendary band completely lost.

peter buck was right to insist they get back to rock on the next one.

 
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Old 01-24-2024, 10:06 PM   #65
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woah

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Old 01-24-2024, 10:59 PM   #66
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around the sun is the sound of a legendary band completely lost.

peter buck was right to insist they get back to rock on the next one.
The band admitted Around the Sun was pitiful like a couple months after it came out

 
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Old 01-24-2024, 11:49 PM   #67
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There are some great songs on Around the Sun. Leaving New York, Electron Blue, The Outsiders, Make It All Okay. I've never really gotten the extreme hate this album seems to get. Maybe some people think it's just boring? I view it as a somber and sad post-9/11 reflection and I like every song. I'm gonna go listen to it now, thx.

 
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Old 01-25-2024, 05:02 PM   #68
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Accelerate is wonderful
Accelerate fucking kills, it's definitely their best release from their later years

 
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Old 01-25-2024, 05:34 PM   #69
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that's definitely a strong parallel - main part I disagree with is that they never recovered

Accelerate was quite the upswing in that regard, and also unlike Pumpkins they knew when to actually call it a day
main part you disagree with, uh? What about the less prominent parts you're not too fond of, uh chief? That I'd like to see, really curious about that.

Actually i saw them on the Acceleration tour. Band was in splendid form, Editors were opening. Not a bad way to spend the evening i reckon.

 
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Old 01-25-2024, 05:37 PM   #70
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There are some great songs on Around the Sun. Leaving New York, Electron Blue, The Outsiders, Make It All Okay. I've never really gotten the extreme hate this album seems to get. Maybe some people think it's just boring? I view it as a somber and sad post-9/11 reflection and I like every song. I'm gonna go listen to it now, thx.
Get the same vibe off that record. On a good day Leaving New York can a remarcable piece of music.

 
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Old 01-27-2024, 06:35 PM   #71
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I feel like after this thread that it's high time I give Around the Sun another shot. Wrote that one off and never gave it another shot.

I saw them on the Up tour in 98 and that's what made me realize that I needed to do some REM work. Borrowed Hi-Fi from a friend which further piqued my interest then started buying up used discs by the handful until I had them all and followed them for the last few.

Accelerate is indeed a winner. No qualms there.

Saw them at Red Rocks on the last tour - The National (fresh off Boxer) and Modest Mouse (feat. Johnny Marr) opened. We weaseled into the 2nd row thanks to my REM fan club membership and it was a show for the ages, I tell you what.

As we were being led up, they were soundchecking "Feeling Gravitys Pull" and those harmonic guitar parts at the start were rattling thru the rocks and mannnnn, I still get chills. Peter Buck was in the house and was about to take care of some business.

 
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Old 01-29-2024, 12:59 PM   #72
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Went back and revisited Around the Sun. It's fine, it's just very slow and forgettable. Some nice and pleasant songs though.

 
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Old 01-29-2024, 02:47 PM   #73
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yeah it's not some kinda overlooked sleeper hit like Monster or Up but it definitely ain't the utter "shite train" people (including members of the band!) made it out to be

kinda like Depeche Mode's Exciter in that regar - though, imo, not nearly as good

speaking of sleeper hits, Fables might just be my favorite of the IRS records by this point

 
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Old 01-29-2024, 08:03 PM   #74
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Anybody else's fave REM album Reckoning?

 
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Anybody else's fave REM album Reckoning?
I tend to divide it into IRS and Warner years - and pick a favorite from each era - but if I was going for the full discography, Reckoning is my #1 by a notch or two. Such a great album.

Since you're clearly a bearer of refined taste, a few years ago I tracked a MFSL 24k gold CD down of this album - tend to love how those sound. Cost me a few bucks for sure, but it's my favorite mastering/etc of the record.

Here's an Apple Lossless rip for your enjoyment:

https://we.tl/t-wYxvsgZjIr

 
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Old 01-30-2024, 04:29 AM   #76
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Murmur is the best REM album

 
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Old 01-30-2024, 09:20 AM   #77
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That's the second best, but the singing on Reckoning is more expressive and the guitars just perfectly jangly. Murmur is moody and hooky and I love it, too.

 
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oh cool it's turning into a first 2 albums discussion

friends this is a Monster thread i wanna hear about Stipe & friends gettin' WEIRD

 
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Old 01-30-2024, 11:34 AM   #79
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Reckoning is ok

Harborcoat an all-time great

 
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Old 01-30-2024, 11:49 AM   #80
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Life’s Rich Pageant >>>>>>>>

I will not take any dissidents

One of the first CDs I ever owned, my mom saw them on that tour, These days fuckin SLAPS

 
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That's my favorite REM song!

 
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Old 01-30-2024, 12:43 PM   #82
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this is my favorite REM song:


 
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this is my favorite REM song:

That's good uhhhh... rock and roll music.

 
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Fun little cover right here, I tell you what:


 
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Today's spin...Monster

 
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I just relistened to Monster. There are a few gems, but overall it's mediocre. As far as their "rock" albums go, Accelerate is much better and Pageant is leagues and leagues better

 
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I just relistened to Monster. There are a few gems, but overall it's mediocre. As far as their "rock" albums go, Accelerate is much better and Pageant is leagues and leagues better
Lifes Rich Pageant it is

 
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That's my favorite REM song!
When the guitar comes in at the last chorus it's pure aural sex.

 
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