New Adventures in Hi-Fi Import
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After finishing the Monster tour with a huge quantity of newly written material, R.E.M. quickly began the task of transforming it into an album. The result is New Adventures In Hi-Fi, the most dramatic and wide-ranging musical statement the group have ever made. The 14 songs range from hushed acoustic to full-on electric, from studio recordings in Seattle to an acoustic jam in a Philadelphia bathroom. Both spontaneous-sounding and intensely focused, the album represents the band at the pinnacle of their creative powers. Certified gold by the RIAA. (6/93)
New Adventures, despite its studiocentric title, is a snapshots-from-the-road record in the tradition of Neil Young's Time Fades Away and Jackson Browne's Running on Empty. Like them, it captures a where-am-I-and-why ambience, even with its concert and sound-check material reworked in post-tour sessions. This is very much a transitional album, its feel somewhere between the chamber-folk sweep of Out of Time and Automatic for the People and the distortion-pedal party that raged on Monster. It's the work of a band pretty near its peak consolidating familiar sounds and styles while tinkering with the edges. --Rickey Wright
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This is their longest cd yet, but with some of the most creative, and moving songs, the band has ever produced. The cd opener, How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us, is a moving, haunting piece that will grab your soul and pull you into this album...
...and then you get hit by the hard, rocking Wake Up Bomb! The tracks are so diversed that I'm sure there's at least one track here you're bound to love. New Test Leper and Be Mine are beautiful, slow songs that are great to relax and listen to, while Leave, Wake Up Bomb and So Fast, So Numb are heavier and hit you hard. There's so much diversity, and there's no real bad songs on this album.
The two singles, E-Bow The Letter and the closer, Electrolite, are the best songs on the cd. E-Bow has a haunting melody (aided by the talent of Patti Smiths vocals), while Electrolite is a great way to end the album (second to only Find The River on Automatic)
The competition for best R.E.M. cd is tight, but this is a good contender. My personal favourite is Reveal, but the quality of this cd blows it out of the water, really.
You have got to buy this cd.
When I first saw it, I was in a record store. I read a lot of music magazines and I thought I was keeping up with what's going on in the record industry, but I had no idea a new REM album was coming out. So I figured it had to be a collection of B-sides, or some kind of 'odds and sods' CD. The cover and the title are deceptive. The album looks so understated, with such a generic name, that you can almost miss it.
I'd glad I figured out what it is, because it became my favorite REM album. Michael Stipe's voice is somewhere between creepy and beautiful on every track. The moody songs have the kind of repetitive perfection of Brian Eno's best ambient albums. The rock songs drone and buzz with noise. It's also worth noting that this is one of the longest REM albums. At 65 minutes, it would be a double album back in the vinyl days. I highly recommend this CD, even if you aren't an REM fan.
When I first heard the whole album, except for "Bittersweet Me" and "How the West was Won and Where It Got Us" I was actually disappointed. Furthermore, based on the fickleness of the mass radio audience, I felt that it was not a wise choice to release "E-bow" as the initial single off the album. Sure enough, I think I heard it get some radio play for all of about a week and it disappeared. I can't recall hearing any other songs from "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" getting any airplay at all. I really think it was this decision that took R.E.M. off the radar screens for a while and made "NAIHF" and the following albums, "Up" and "Reveal", though critically acclaimed (especially the latter), far less successful commercially than previous R.E.M. Warner Bros. label albums had been.
After this album came out, since I wasn't too enthused by it, I went back in time and got some older R.E.M. albums like "Life's Rich Pageant" and sort of left "NAIHF" alone for a while. I thus became pretty familiar with R.E.M.'s older works, which I wasn't previously.
Anyway, flash ahead a couple of years: I gave "NAIHF" another twirl and liked it more than I ever had previously for whatever reason. Since then I've heard the album quite a few times and it's definitely grown on me.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Woo, R.E.M. nearly lost me with the last album (Monster) but this one shows they can still rock out. And who but Stipey can slap lyrics together as he does on "Electrolite. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2009 by Brian Maitland
NAIHF is by no means a bad album. Still, it is the record that largely drained REM of their fanbase. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Inspector2211
This is a work of genius. Someone else said that the song Leave is worth the price of the CD alone - how true. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003
I am not a fan of R.E.M. I bought this album on a whim several years ago, and was rewarded for my curiosity. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by LifeIsForLiving
I'm not positive, but "New Adventures in HiFi" may be REM's longest album, which shows that REM not only took this very overlooked LP seriously, they also invested quite... Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2003 by David Vinson
The song Leave is almost worth 5 stars alone, and the rest of the first 8 tracks are all brilliant. After that, though, I find it running together and that's why it's only worth 4... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003
I'm not a huge R.E.M fan, so I'll never understand the hardcore ones slamming this album, but I can't remember ever being so excited about an album as I was for this back in grade... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Kurt Lennon
I disagree with the earlier reviews claiming this to be "the most underrated album of the 90s". Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003 by Brasington