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Around the Sun


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 5 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B0002W4UVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Format: Audio CD
R.E.M.'s 13th studio album, AROUND THE SUN, will strike most listeners as a throwback to the band's sound in the early 1990s. While I've always thought OUT OF TIME was a pretty disposable record (save for a few songs), AUTOMATIC is what hooked me on R.E.M. While REVEAL, though short on melodies, sounds very much like a classicist R.E.M. album, AROUND THE SUN sounds like the band's trying to rewrite AUTOMATIC, and in every department AROUND THE SUN comes up deficient when compared to its predecessor, mostly because of its lack of emotional depth and the directionless funk R.E.M. finds themselves in the New Millennium.

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.
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Format: Audio CD
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.
Cheers.
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By "phunkimunk" on Nov. 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. This is one of those albums that you really need to give a few listens. If you are one of those people who don't have the patience for that sort of thing, then you shouldn't be complaining. After a few listens the slow and melodic grooves really become addictive. I reccomend this album for anyone who just enjoys kicking back and listening to some good tunes. Enjoy it!!
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By "jmont6" on 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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