True, R.E.M. is a great band. It has proven to be one of the best of the 90's, and has influenced a lot of the contemporary ones. Though it may seem that we are all well familiar with R.E.M's music, little do we know of the nether side of R.E.M.'s songs. Well, 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE', give us a glimpse of the darker side of this Athens outfit.
Very aptly titled, 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE' contains mainly the 'reject' songs, which couldn't make it to R.E.M.'s regular albums. From the pre-'DOCUMENT' days, the songs in this album indeed reflect that side of R.E.M.'s, which one should very well stay away from.
There is really nothing much worth writing about the songs in 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE'. The songs truly represent the breed of typical B-side songs. Mainly due to its length, the album, with just a handful of listenable songs, becomes a bit of a burden on the listener. Though R.E.M's regular songs, classics they are, are often great songs to 'cover', R.E.M's cover-versions of other artists' songs on this album are disappointing. There are, however, songs like 'Crazy', 'Burning Down', and 'Burning Hell', which are as good as any other songs on regular R.E.M. albums.
But, not all is bad about this album. As a matter of fact, the last five songs of the album come as a relief, and save the day. Songs from their very first release: an EP called 'CHRONIC TOWN', make up the last five songs of 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE'. Each one of those five songs of 'CHRONIC TOWN', is a gem, and is indicative of a truly talented and promising band.
Definitely for the songs on 'CHRONIC TOWN', this album proves well worth the moolah. Barring the 'CHRONIC TOWN' part of it, 'DEAD LETTER OFFICE' is strictly for avid R.E.M. fans, to complete their collection of R.E.M. albums.