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.