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Lifes Rich Pageant

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R.E.M.'s early recordings purposefully bury Michael Stipe's vocals, allowing them to dominate the audio mix no more than Peter Buck's jangly guitar figures or Mike Mills's bass. Lifes Rich Pageant represents a subtle shift in the program, with clearly audible lyrics (though they remain obscure in meaning) on most tracks. The band still has a bit of fun with its audience, listing the songs out of order on the album sleeve and leaving a couple of them ("Underneath the Bunker," "Superman") off entirely. As good as it is to hear Stipe enunciate while he sings, the music is equally revelatory and forward-looking on the radio-friendly "Fall on Me"; harder-rocking songs like "Begin the Begin," "These Days," and "Superman" (the latter tune sung by Mills); and the haunting, folkish "Swan Swan H." --Daniel Durchholz

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Rock Records Ever Made July 6 2004
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Prior to "Life's Rich Pageant", R.E.M. had released a string of four exceptional records that weren't quite rock, not quite folk, not quite pop, and not quite anything. Every one was a masterpiece, in my opinion, but none really rocked from start to finish. "Reckoning" had some pretty fast paced rockers, but they were buried in between mid-tempo and slow numbers that dominated the record. "Life's Rich Pageant" changed that. From the opening riff of "Begin the Begin" to "Superman", the album flies by on a heavy rhythm (R.E.M.'s tightest ever), with fascinating guitar work (Peter Buck's best ever), and words that you can understand (Michael Stipe's second best ever, behind "Fables of the Reconstruction"). The best tracks:
"Begin the Begin"- Probably the strangest riff ever (sounds like a Hindu snakecharmer managed to learn how to play guitar) stuck in the middle of one of R.E.M.'s heaviest songs ever. This song is the perfect way to open the record, and lets you know exactly what you are going to hear for the next forty minutes. Probably the only time R.E.M. opened a record this way.
"These Days"- I think this song is probably the best guitar driven song that R.E.M. has ever recorded. I've never heard anything like it before or since. And talk about fast and driving! If this song doesn't get you going and your blood pumping, you need help.
"Fall on Me"- Almost everyone's heard this one. I like it a lot, but it's not my favorite on the record. Maybe I've just heard it too much.
"Cuyahoga"- The record's high point, in terms of songwriting and performance. The song is so simple and is played with so much restraint that it is engrossing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars guitar riffs a-go-go Sept. 21 2009
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is more like R.E.M. live sounds like, if you've grown up on the slower "Everybody Hurts" tracks in their career. From "begin The Begin," "I Believe" and "Just A Touch" rock out to the supreme.

Definitely a great bookend to the Document album. In a weird way, the hit single "Fall On Me" really seems a tad out of place on this killer CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of REM's Classics July 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is great from start to finish. There are no weak cuts and some of their greatest and most experimental songs of all-time. It does have a little more commercial appeal than their earlier stuff, but that is OK. If you don't know much about REM, I would recommend buying this one first, if you want to get off to the right start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aptly titled effort May 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Life's Rich Pageant" is an aptly titled work as it's definitely a lively and rich pageantry of beautiful music.
I especially like the songs "Begin the Begin", "Cuyahoga", and "Superman". However, though the album is rich with some lush and pretty music (it might be the most beautiful upbeat R.E.M. album -- "Automatic for the People" being the most beautiful pensive R.E.M. album) I think its overall quality is a bit less than that of predecessors "Murmur" and "Reckoning" and ancestor "Document".
While representing a bit of a departure from past R.E.M. sound, I'd say that "Life's Rich Pageant" isn't so much a seminal R.E.M. album like "Murmur" or "Out of Time" as it is a bridge between the first three albums ("Murmur", "Reckoning", and "Fables of the Reconstruction") and the two immediately subsequent albums, "Document" and "Green." Songs like "Superman" definitely foreshadow what was to come in those two follow-ups. Other songs, like "Cuyahoga", hearken back more to the three previous albums.
"Life's Rich Pageant" is yet another great R.E.M. record and definitely worth owning. The band's albums are all so good you'll see in each album's reviews, including this one's, a claim by someone saying that that particular album is the band's best. That is the sure sign of a great band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It cant get any better than this. April 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Largely underrated by even most fans, Pageant is quite simply the best album of REM's career(and that takes some doing!)Songwriting,invention and melody at its absolute peak. This is without doubt one of the best albums of all time from arguably the consistently best band of all time.Most fans will know the rockier side of REM from Monster,which although good by most people's standards,is sadly REM's worst album by their standards.If you want to hear a band really rock then you must buy this collection of masterly songs.Amazing from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A desert island album March 24 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Absolutely R.E.M.'s best album. If you were too young to experience it back in the day and wonder what all the R.E.M hype is all about, this album will provide the answers. Creative lyrics, melodies and countermelodies. Authentic. Earnest. Blows their later stuff (and most American music) away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars REM Steps into the Mainstream Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
With "Life's Rich Pageant," REM does an about-face from the arty "Fables." The drums are pushed to the forefront, the guitars use a lot of distortion, the song structure is more direct, and Michael Stipe can now be comprehended about 2/3 of the time (as opposed to 1/3 of the time on the three previous CDs). However, the production isn't nearly as cleanly polished as "Document," almost seeming like it was recorded live in some places. Despite the welcome jolt of energy, I feel that tracks 5, 6, 8, and 9 are a little bland and underdeveloped.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's All Part Of.......
Michael Stipe referred to this album in Mojo magazine as being the most like REM that REM has ever sounded. And I'm inclined to agree. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by The Wrong Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strong, must not ignore
Last night, I decided to listen to R.E.M.'s Life's Rich Pageant. Wow. I wonder why I don't listen to it more often. And it's not even my favorite R.E.M. CD. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by J. GARRATT
5.0 out of 5 stars fall on me hit me hard when I was 15....
.....and it still does. Regardless of how old hat REM may have become, they were a great band and have a lot to be proud of. Their first 5 albums or so are well worth picking up. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Journey
The morning of my college graduation (15 years ago), in the dawn's early light, some close friends and I listened to Pageant on my patio while watching the dwindling starlight. Read more
Published on July 29 2003 by MacTonite
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M.'s Best
This for me is R.E.M.'s peak. Before it they were a minor college band who had released a few albums of nice, albeit low-key, songs. Read more
Published on May 22 2003 by A. J. Pugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Behold-- College Radio (4 STARS)
1986 found REM at the start of a major musical shift. 1987's radio-friendly "Document (No. 5)" was just around the corner, and REM was on the verge of breaking through... Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by JWK
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