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New Adventures in Hi-Fi [Import]

R.E.M. Audio CD
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1. How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us
2. The Wake-Up Bomb
3. New Test Leper
4. Undertow
5. E-Bow The Letter
6. Leave
7. Departure
8. Bittersweet Me
9. Be Mine
10. Binky The Doormat
11. Zither
12. So Fast, So Numb
13. Low Desert
14. Electrolite

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it 5 stars Oct. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 stars. New Test Leper was my favorite song on here for a long time, and then a few months ago I got it out for the first time in about a year and realized how great Leave is. That's not to say New Test Leper isn't still great. Also fantastic is How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us, and, as I said, the others of the first 8 tracks. This is much better than Monster, and, in my opinion, the second best REM CD after Automatic for the People, but I've never been a huge REM fan. Still, I think this is definitely worth the purchase price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice comeback after Monster Sept. 21 2009
By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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."

Te weakest track really is this "E-Bow The Letter" where they bring in Patti Smith as guest vocalist to join Mikey.

Even so this is pretty much their retirement party. Any other album after this is just not there (sorry, guys).
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best. June 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate to pick this album up for cheap, and I haven't put it down since. I'm a huge fan of R.E.M., and I had high expectations of this highly acclaimed album... this just blew me away. This could very well be better than Automatic.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Takes time to fully appreciate May 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard that R.E.M. was releasing a new album to follow "Monster" I couldn't wait. Then I heard their first single off the album -- "E-bow the Letter" -- on the radio. I was lukewarm on the song but still went out and bought the album, being the R.E.M. devotee that I was.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The End of REM April 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
NAIHF is by no means a bad album. Still, it is the record that largely drained REM of their fanbase.
After a career full of intelligent risks, the band flew too close to the sun by releasing "E-Bow" as the first single. Big mistake. In today's music landscape, that kind of self-sabotage just can't be overcome (as evidenced by the lackluster public response to NAIHF). Had REM started with ELECTROLITE, the quirkiness of this record probably would've been easier for the casual fan to digest.
Anyway, weird or not, the album does have some real gems. ELECTROLITE, LEAVE, BE MINE, and WAKE-UP BOMB are great, while BITTERSWEET ME and even E-BOW manage to be good.
Other songs like DEPARTURE, HOW THE WEST WAS WON and ZITHER are well, uhh, courageous efforts shall we say...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Monster (part 2) April 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
If Monster was REM's worst album (by their standards) then NAIHF is clearly their second worst. Now don't get me wrong. REM are one of the top bands of ALL time and they have singularly failed to make a bad album. But as a fan, I think it only fair to judge their work alongside the previous output. NAIHF plods along,gets totally lost up its own backside,has absolutely NO cohesion and is both too long and sonically their most depressing work to date. What sets it aside from Monster is that at lest it contains some tracks that qualify as quality REM. That however is diluted by the fact that this is their ONLY album to date that has absolutely ZERO invention or anything new to offer. Its basically a rehash of everything they've ever done before(at least Monster had this redeeming quality in abundance). So if you're new to REM then of course go and buy this album.Its bloody good by anyone else's standards. But by REM's lofty standards, the word disappointment doesn't nearly do it justice.Thank God they've got out of this rut with the excellent but tragically underrated UP and REVEAL. And if you want to hear REM at their absolute peak then you should go and buy Lifes Rich Pageant, songwriting AND invention at its absolute best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underpraised masterpiece
This album combines the gentle experimentation of 'Automatic for the People' with the feedback romance of 'Monster. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by SPM
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot praise this CD enough
This is a work of genius. Someone else said that the song Leave is worth the price of the CD alone - how true. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars E-bow the Letter!
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 more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by LifeIsForLiving
5.0 out of 5 stars REM's Most Challenging and Rewarding Record
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 more
Published on Oct. 11 2003 by David Vinson
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite!
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 more
Published on Sept. 26 2003 by Kurt Lennon
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know--I still think this is awful.
I disagree with the earlier reviews claiming this to be "the most underrated album of the 90s". Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003 by Brasington
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything they Wanted Monster to be.
With "Monster", REM tried to make an album that encapsulated all the anganst and apathy of the early nineties. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Jason Stephens
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