The Best Of R.E.M... I cannot imagine how hard it would be to pick a handful out of a whole range of fantastic songs this band has produced, but this collection is very promising. If you've heard one or two of their songs on the radio, and liked what you heard, this collection will certainly appeal to you.
It has the songs "everybody has heard a thousand times before", such as Man On The Moon, Losing My Religion, Everybody Hurts, Imitation Of Life and Whats The Frequency, Kenneth?, just to name a few. All fantastic songs and are some of the best of the album they were taken from.
The cd ranges from mellow and sweet (Reno, At My Most Beautiful), to the fun and wacky (Stand, Sidewinder), and there is such a diversity here that can appeal to everyone. There's even two new songs, Animal and Bad Day, which are both good and may be a taste as to where R.E.M. are leading now.
The second cd, however, is one I can only really recommend to fans, but seeing it's only a few bucks more, it's probably best to pay full price and get them both.
The second cd has fantastic versions of some of my favourite songs (Pop Song '89, The Lifting, Star Me Kitten, Leave), live versions of the popular Country Feedback, Drive, and The One I Love, and even some rare outtakes and B-Sides that may grasp the interest of those who have all their albums anyway. The live version of Turn You Inside-Out was, in my opinion, especially good.
The only real complaints with the cd are more personal than anything else... I still think Lotus, I'll Take The Rain and Strange Currencies should have been in somewhere... but whatever.
In summation, this is a fantastic collection that I thoroughly recommend. It's a great way to get into one of the biggest bands of all time.