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  • Audio CD (Sept. 27 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002MU3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 126 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth?
2. Crush With Eyeliner
3. King Of Comedy
4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream
5. Star 69
6. Strange Currencies
7. Tongue
8. Bang And Blame
9. I Took Your Name
10. Let Me In
11. Circus Envy
12. You

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The guitars got cranked up-and fans got amped up when they heard this 1994 album, sending it to #1. Their most rockin' album of the era includes the hits What's the Frequency, Kenneth?; Bang and Blame; Strange Currencies , and more.


R.E.M. pushed the jangle out of the picture with Monster, replacing it with reverberating snaps, crackles, and pops. An album that wraps itself to 1970s glam finery while reaching out to the flannel-clad post-Nirvana throngs, it largely succeeds at demonstrating that these Georgians still know how to rock. The MTV fave "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" kicks things off on a high note as Peter Buck's distorted power chords set the tone for the 12-song set. "Strange Currencies" may be alarmingly reminiscent of the Automatic for the People hit "Everybody Hurts," but it's actually the superior song. "Let Me In" is a heavily distorted nod to the fallen Kurt Cobain. While Monster is far from R.E.M.'s most consistent effort, it stands as a ragged and risky respite from safe and sound alterna-rock. --Steven Stolder

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Format: Audio CD
Monster is R.E.M.s experimental rock cd, and let me tell you, it's something else. It's hard for a band as different as R.E.M. to produce something even more different! But they have done it, and despite the bad reviews it got from the critics, I say this is a cd you would be mad to pass up.
This cd, unlike the slow, melodys of the previous album, have hard hitting tracks that grab you. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? is a song we've all heard thousands of times before, but it's great, and I never get sick of it! The cd also contains singles Crush With Eyeliner (this song should have done a lot better), and Star 69, which is a fantastic song that echoes at you. Bang And Blame is another great song, but not as good as those mentioned.
The two slowest songs, Tongue and Strange Currencies, are in my opinion the best on this album. Tongue is a song sung in falsetto, and is brilliant. Strange Currencies, however, is the highlight of this album, and is absolutely beautiful. It will remind you of the far more successful Everybody Hurts.
As for the others, King Of Comedy and Circus Envy are heavily distorted songs that sound great, even if you don't know what's going on. Let Me In is a great song dedicated to a great musician (Kurt Cobain), and the other tracks are all good listening.
This cd is heavy R.E.M., and if you want to explore this rarely seen side of them, this cd is definatly worth picking up. It's a bad way to start off if you're new to R.E.M., however, so pick up Automatic first!
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Listening to R.E.M.'s Monster is like wearing your underwear backwards: something just doesn't feel quite right. From a big-picture perspective, Monster is missing something. There appears to be a big hole in the album's cohesiveness that I have sought to fill just through repeated listenings. But the fact remains that almost ten years later, I still feel that Monster is incomplete.
Part of this might be because of R.E.M.'s career turbulence/mid-life crisis. Deaths of friends, births of babies, negiotiations with Warner Brothers, and a changing musical climate during the mid-90s grunge era probably distracted the band and required them to second-guess their confidence.
Monster quickly earned a reputation for being R.E.M.'s punk album; their brashest album yet. And while that remains halfway true, Monster is not the all-out sonic attack that everyone was complaining about. The light piano-tinkler Tongue, the smaltzy ballad Strange Currency and the ambiguous (or maybe directionless) I Don't Sleep I Dream show the listener that Monster is not all about rocking your teeth out.
One of Monster's problems is that many of the harder songs sound like they were written a little too fast. Star 69, What's the Frequency Kenneth, and I Took Your Name all have paper-thin melodies that show while R.E.M. is competent to play loud punk-inspired rock, they couldn't make it sound inspiring by itself. Bang and Blame is especially tiresome because it just doesn't get going.
But some of the noisier numbers do have a positive impact, such as Crush With Eyeliner, Circus Envy, and King of Comedy. All in all, if Out of Time were not to exist, I would say that Monster is probably R.E.M.'s most inconsistent album. Some of it is quite good while the rest of it is merely there. It's also a very accesible bargain-bin CD.
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Format: Audio CD
for many years now i have never taken any notice of what other people thought of the music i like. this album is brilliant. in the same vein as U2's achtung baby you are hit right between the eyes by a wall of sound from start to end. the opening track, "kenneth" is fantastic and it's a shame it only went for 4 minutes. but my favourite cut from the album would have to be track 10 "let me in" with its absolutely trashy guitar playing and demented church organ keyboards which help finish the track off. if you do not own this album then you should be ashamed of yourself especially if you class yourself as an REM fan. but what would i know? it needs to be remastered and have any leftover session cuts added to it to make real appreciators of REM's quality music very very happy. the only other quality american bands there have been are the cars and the talking heads so i recommend anyone who is thinking of buying this album to do so immediately. thakyou for reading my "expert analysis" of monster.
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I know many R.E.M. fans who carped about the departure made by the band here in terms of the sound of "Monster".
Know what? I'm glad they did it. I like when a band is willing to take risks; I like it even better when that risk pays off. R.E.M.'s "Monster" is a terrific album from beginning to end.
Catchy songs such as "What's the Frequency Kenneth?", "Crush with Eyeliner", "King of Comedy", and "Star 69", make you move whether you like it or not.
"I Don't Sleep, I Dream", "Tongue", and "Strange Currencies" are the type of evocative and pensive songs R.E.M. does so well.
"Bang and Blame" is a great song, period.
I know that this doesn't sound like the band's early work, or even like what was to be found on "Out of Time" and "Automatic for the People" but to me it's a splendid detour, one that few other bands would dare take, much less do with such aplomb.
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