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Around the Sun

R.E.M. Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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1. Leaving New York
2. Electron Blue
3. The Outsiders
4. Make It All Ok
5. Final Straw
6. I Wanted to Be Wrong
7. Wander Lust
8. The Boy in the Well
9. Aftermath
10. High Speed Train
11. Worst Joke Ever
12. The Ascent of Man
13. Around the Sun

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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

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REM Around The Sun (2004 UK 13-track CD album the 13th studio album in their massively successful career written by REM and produced by REM and Pat McCarthy It features the evocative new single Leaving New York and 12 other new songs including the enigmatic The Outsiders Wanderlust with its infectious and invigorating chorus and the epic tale of Boy In The Well presented in digipack picture sleeve with fold-out poster/lyric sheet!)

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4.0 out of 5 stars REM do it again Oct. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
In this world of musical genius's (and in case you're wondering I am being sarcastic) such as Ashley Simpson and Hillary Duff it has become hip to trash artists such as REM. The fact remains that Rem continues to make some of the most beautiful music out there and Around The Sun is NO different. This band has been written off by a lot of critics lately but this is quite frankly ridiculous. Around the Sun opens with the lovely track Leaving NY. This song features a great vocal performance by Mr. Stipe. Other highlights from this album include the tracks Aftermath, Electron Blue, I Wanted to be Wrong and many others. Yes this is not a rock album or a party album but this album reminds the listener of the REM classic disc Automatic For the People. This band may not get the radio or video exposure of the past (especially in North America)but pick this album up listen to it with an open mind a couple times and you will hear that REM are still at the top of their game, its a shame that the majority of the North American music buying public seem to playing a different game!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M. Lose Their Lustre Oct. 11 2004
By K
Format:Audio CD
It can be said that the current R.E.M. is less a full-time band and more a part-time supergroup. The members - particularly Michael Stipe - have of late been investing an equal amount of time into side interests, political causes, and personal breaks. This has resulted in increasing lag times between albums and an overall loss of artistic Focus. It is all evident in the broad, studio-bound feel of "Around The Sun". The band's continuing refusal to write straight-forward rock songs has now become downright frustrating; fans expecting a carry-over of the bouyent playfulness of "Bad Day" (from the 2003 Best-Of) will surely be disappointed by this album's mid-tempo pacing, languid demeanour, and reliance on studio frills.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes some time & patience, but it grows on you!! Oct. 27 2004
By Sam
Format:Audio CD
Let me say at the outset that I was underwhelmed on the first listen, but after a very short time, I'm listening to the cd several times a day. It's moodier and more reflective than I expected, and that's a good thing. Nothing happens by accident with R.E.M. Each collection of songs is so carefully crafted, with degrees of mood and texture, that the albums don't always result in instant gratification. You have to dig in and live with these songs for a while and let them drift into your consciousness, which I think is the whole idea. And then, if you're lucky enough to see them live, you soon understand how beautifully the newer songs fit into the brilliant R.E.M. catalogue. Buy the wonderful "Perfect Square Live" dvd and guaranteed, you'll see what I mean.
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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. appears to fall somewhat flat:
Perhaps this Disc will grow on me, but after a couple listens I am somewhat disappointed. It is a low-key, introspective affair without the usual moving melodies and rythms one expects from REM...Worse still, it sometimes verging on self-indulgent.
Don't get me wrong - it is well done (and sung)... It is just somewhat lacking compared to say, the often magical "Reveal". Or, perhaps it just runs against my tastes. Anyway, I am guessing/hoping this was a "transitional disc"...
BTW, the title track IS the stand out on this one.
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