R.E.M. – Around The Sun

I’m better-acquainted with earlier (up to and including Automatic For The People) R.E.M., but I will definitely drop $2 to hear a newer record of theirs!

I don’t even know how to review this except to say it’s a collection of great tunes, perfect for later at night and in the background. That trademark R.E.M. sound is here, and Stipe’s voice, of course, is the hook on which all of this hangs.

As I discussed recently in a Watchmen review, I don’t have much time for drum machines, and on this record Bill Berry’s absence at the kit is noticeable. I also wasn’t much for the electronic blips and bleeps (sparse though they were) in Electron Blue.

But I loved the 1-2-3 punches of Make It All Okay / Final Straw / I Wanted To Be Wrong. Many of the other songs are solid R.E.M. songs – does that make sense?

Overall, and remember I’m not the biggest expert on more recent R.E.M., I’d say this is a decent record with a lot to like about it.

8 thoughts on “R.E.M. – Around The Sun

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Well then you’d probably like this, then. After all, R.E.M. always sorta sounds like R.E.M. no matter what they try, so it’s pretty hard to go wrong. This is a good quiet one, for relaxing times.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Monster’s a cool one. I sort of got burnt on it, though, when it was EVERYWHERE at university. You know what Kenneth, I don’t give a fuck what the frequency is anymore, ya know?

          Naw, for me it’s Automatic For The People, from that timeframe. But the earlier stuff was where I came in. I have a cool Japanese hits collection I should review.

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