honest impressions of the new REM album?

honest impressions of the new REM album?

Postby jodyqq on Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:04 pm

didnt buy it

first time in 18 years I havent bought their newie on day 1

thanks to the single :(

honest reviews only--is it worth getting?

Decided on Tom Waits and SFA instead 8)
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Postby Paul M on Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:14 pm

It's still on it's way from CDwow but looking forward to hearing it.

I didn't like LNY much on first listen but it's only derivative of their own past - a bit too REM. I've decided it's not that bad.
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Re: honest impressions of the new REM album?

Postby Guest on Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:21 pm

jodyqq wrote:didnt buy it

first time in 18 years I havent bought their newie on day 1

thanks to the single :(

honest reviews only--is it worth getting?

Decided on Tom Waits and SFA instead 8)



It's not as instant as some of their albums but is a grower and those are usually the kind of albums you love forever. Buy it, it's great.
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Postby First Paul on Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:46 pm

Its all down to personal opinions... and mine, I really like it.

If your an REM fan you should just buy it and make your own mind up.
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Postby BotanyBhoy on Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:49 pm

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Postby m y on Wed Oct 06, 2004 1:29 pm

an impression.
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Postby Claude monet on Wed Oct 06, 2004 1:36 pm

Impression sunrise

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Postby i hate scotland on Wed Oct 06, 2004 2:42 pm

I hate to say this but I think it is truly shite, Monster and Out of Time have some serious competition for worst REM album now! I burned it onto cd; my friend and I sat in my room yesterday to give the album a listen, only to burst into laughing when the rap at the end of the second track came on.

You wouldn't know Buck and Mills are even on this album unless they were credited in the liner notes; the album cover sums the music up pretty well...
When you're tired, and there's nothing in your head
When you're tired, and feel like going to bed,
Write what you're thinking, and you'll find,
You've left a special message behind.
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Postby DrMarten on Sun Oct 10, 2004 3:26 pm

I've now had it seven days, and listened to it at least once each day. First impressions were not very positive for me, I felt the same about Up, which I now love. The tracks on Up were much better when performed live and I'm sure that will be the case with Around the Sun.

Now I've heard it a few times it's beginning to make an impression, and although it will not stand up aginst New Adventures... and Murmur, it is not as bad as Monster. I agree it does sound like a Michael Stipe solo album - Peter Buck is barely audible.

Like all REM albums I'm sure it will sound better with familiarity, but I hope they make an REM album next time. Stand out tracks for me are Leaving New York, Wanderlust and The Worst Joke Ever. I look forward to the shows next summer, I hope TFC are on the bill.
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Postby pisspot on Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:25 pm

Sorry to "Buck" the trend, but I actually like it. It's not "classic" REM though and is definitely one of their weaker albums, but there is enough REMness for me to be quite happy if not exactly ecstatic.

Leaving NY = like
Boy in the well = like
aftermath = like
make it all okay = Mmm wiff of cheese here
around the sun = like
electron blue = unsure
wanderlust = like
final straw = like
high speed train = like
I wanted to be wrong = like

and ther you have it fair and balanced according to my old ears anyway.
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Postby MATT on Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:46 pm

I'm really not sure. I've listened to it twice and it hasn't really grabbed me, although like a previous poster I felt like that about Up, which I now love.

The worrying thing is Peter Buck seems to barely feature. He hasn't done any of the press interviews I've seen either, it's all been Mills and Stipe.....
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Postby Guest on Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:51 pm

MATT wrote:I'm really not sure. I've listened to it twice and it hasn't really grabbed me, although like a previous poster I felt like that about Up, which I now love.

The worrying thing is Peter Buck seems to barely feature. He hasn't done any of the press interviews I've seen either, it's all been Mills and Stipe.....


He appears all over it playing keyboards. He just isn't playing as much guitar. :wink:
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Postby MATT on Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:55 pm

True I suppose. He played some of the drums too apparently.
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Postby burned on Mon Oct 11, 2004 11:26 am

Have to say I'm enjoying it so far. Have listened to it three or four times the whole way through. There's a certain wistful and gentle quality to it, but obviously with some strong political statements not too far below the surface, though I haven't looked at all the lyrics yet. Usually leave that till after a few more listens.
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