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Having delivered their last great album with 1992's haunting Automatic For the People, R.E.M. spent more than decade attempting all kinds of reinvention, from the pointlessly noisy Monster to the painfully dull Up. But with Around the Sun it feels like the band is getting its bearings back. Not only is it the Georgia trio's most consistent album since the 1997 departure of drummer Bill Berry, but it also sees the return of the lush imagery and intricate playing of the band's vintage years. There are trains, mandolins, Man Ray skies. More importantly, it seems heartfelt. Witness the gorgeous disquietingly dark opener "Leaving New York," the rapturous folk of "I Wanted to Be Wrong" and the solidly intense "Boy In the Well." At 13 generous tracks, it's far from perfect but--just when everyone thought R.E.M. was down for the count--Around the Sun is an unexpected bruiser of a comeback. --Aidin Vaziri
Top Customer Reviews
While AUTOMATIC is slow and built mainly on ballads and folk songs (albeit seen through a rock context), it had an emotional core that binds the record into a cohesive whole. AUTOMATIC never shies away from the heady themes, but it is a comforting record. Much of the album is largely mid tempo with one major exception. The political dirge "Ignoreland," where Stipe kicks the music and lyrics into high gear, bashing Reagan and the Republican Party, sounds both out of place and is rather jarring. Other than that and the rather bizarre inclusion of the throwaway two minute instrumental "New Orleans," AUTOMATIC mediates mostly on death, pain, and a search for solace. It is a tremendous set of songs, and is rightly regarded as one of R.E.M.'s masterpieces. It's mellow, soul-searching music. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE is the one fo the best realisations of the power of folk and medative music played in a rock and roll context.
AROUND THE SUN, no matter what way you slice it, sounds like a directionless mess. The music is largely bland, hookless, and midtempo; the lyrics, while sometimes (entirely characteristic) oblique, never touches the listener like AUTOMATIC does.Read more ›
The first side of the album is moderately satisfying. Single "Leaving New York" and piano ballad "Make it All O.K." fit nicely with R.E.M.'s previous material, while the sleek and synthetic electro-groves of "The Outsiders" and "Electron Blue" have the band moving in interesting directions. However, the second half of the album is surprisingly mediocre. It is stocked with sullen dirges ("High Speed Train", "Worst Joke Ever") and sentimental pop songs ("Aftermath", the title track) that fall well below the band's high standards. The album's one consistant pleasure turns out to be Stipe's voice, which has lost none of its richness or resonance over the years. Still, "Around The Sun" remains something I thought would never exist: a genually dissapointing R.E.M. album.
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I truely love R.E.M., growing up with them in the 80's: "Murmur" still gives me chills when I listen to it.
However on this disc, R.E.M. Read more
I do not really understand why this album has taken some slack. Although it may have a sound that is kind of knew to REM, this album is really great. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2004