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Out of Time

3.9 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (March 12 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002LOE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Radio Song
2. Losing My Religion
3. Low
4. Near Wild Heaven
5. Endgame
6. Shiny Happy People
7. Belong
8. Half A World Away
9. Texarkana
10. Country Feedback
11. Me In Honey

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Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)


Though R.E.M. titled a later album Monster, this 1991 smash was the true monster, with the little Athens, Georgia, quartet graduating once and for all from its jangling independent-rock roots. The confusion Michael Stipe communicates in the catchy "Losing My Religion" and the dark-and-dreamy "Low" hit the mainstream-rock audience when it was most primed for uneasy angst. (Nirvana's Nevermind was released a few months later.) There are also odd but successful experiments, such as ceding the opening "Radio Song" to rapper KRS-One (with Stipe playing the moaning straight man) and going peppy for the surprisingly non-sarcastic "Shiny Happy People". --Steve Knopper

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By Neurosky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe I hated this when I first heard it! Brilliant, beautiful music worthy of the classical greats. It is my all-time favorite album. Each song is a unique and perfict gem, weather you're talking about the dark beauty of "Low", the up-beat melodies of "Radio Song", or the spine-tingling "Losing My Religion". This album is also home to the infamous "Shiny Happy People", a wonderful and genuinely happy song that has gotten loads of scorn exactly for that reason. Too bad. R.E.M. is just as great happy as they are bitter. And this album features the best of both worlds. It has an acoustic, almost classical music feel to it. One of the guest artists here was Kate Pierson from the B-52's. Her fantastic singing is added to three songs, including "Shiny Happy People" and the addictive gem "Me In Honey".
This is one of the best albums by one of the best bands in world history. There is absolutely nothing here for anyone to pick at. The brilliant rythems, stunning lyrics, and high feelings. Every member shines in their craft. R.E.M. at their peak of success and artistic genius. Not to be missed!
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This is the first R.E.M. cd I have owned. I bought it when it first came out, and I'm still listening to it since. It is a great cd, full of classic, memorable songs, with surprising cameo appearances. Only a few flaws prevent it from getting the perfect 5 star rating...
Losing My Religion is the main song off this album, and it's brilliant, of course. It's a fantastic, catchy song that will have you hooked... that is, if you aren't already!
The brilliant Low and Half A World Away occupy this album, both great pieces of music that deserved more recognition. Country Feedback is another great song, and keen R.E.M. fans may tell you that it's one of their best.
This cd also contains the single... um, Shiny Happy People. This song has a mixed opinion about it; some love it, some can't stand it. I suppose the same can apply for Radio Song (which I, personally, can't stand.) With "Automatic", generally everyone can relate to, and love, the songs on it, but with these...
As for the others, well, they're a mixed bag, really. Near Wild Heaven is catchy, though perhaps a bit poppy. Endgame is a great instrumental, and the remaining Belong and Me In Honey are certainly good songs, though they are dwarfed by the more popular songs on the cd.
So what's the verdict? Well, despite 2 or 3 poppy songs that some people are bound to oppose to, this is still a great album that I recommend to anyone!
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Format: Audio CD
While a few long-time R.E.M. fans eschewed this album as an abrupt departure from the band's previous modus operandi, many non-fans embraced the band because of this album. "Out of Time" brought in many fans, me included, because of the powerful song "Losing My Religion" and a few other very catchy songs that accompanied it on the album. Though uneven (more on that in a bit), "Out of Time" overall is a great album and probably the band's second most emotionally powerful album (at times, anyway) behind only "Automatic for the People".
I have to disagree with the reviews that bash "Losing My Religion"; just because a song resonated with the masses doesn't detract from its artistic value. And though "Shiny Happy People" is mocked more than any other R.E.M. song except "Stand", I like that the band was willing to experiment and do such a song. R.E.M. has pumped out enough meaningful songs to be given license to do an occasional fluff piece.
I alluded earlier that I feel the album suffers from an unevenness; though most of the songs stand alone very well, as a whole the album feels like a hodgepodge of songs from different albums. Some fast, some slow, some thoughtful, some fluff, some experimental sounds, some traditional. It's akin to something a fan would burn as a CD today rather than a studio-produced, coherent whole. Don't get me wrong, though; the songs that don't quite fit in are still good songs in their own right.
While not perfect, any serious R.E.M. fan has to have this seminal R.E.M. album in their collection. It has terrific songs and marks the band's leap from relative obscurity to the beginning of the band's apogee.
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Format: Audio CD
I am saddened by the way this album is regarded by many so-called long term REM 'fans'. Mind you, I think REM themselves haven't helped by unfairly dismissing Shiny Happy People.
Like Me in Honey, Shiny Happy People is unashamedly joyous with a hippy feel. Considering that Country Feedback, probably Stipe's favourite REM song, appears on this album, he should be singing the album's praises a bit more. Some people don't like Out Of Time for being too 'pop' sounding. I disagree- the polished sound only enhances the talented musicianship. They recorded the instruments in analogue and the voices in digital, the opposite to how most people record, because they wanted to emphasise the baroque instrumentation and knew that Stipe's voice would be warm enough to shine through.
In 2 words, this album is 'baroque pop', which is pretty unique. Probably 'Half The World Away' sounds more than any song like those off their next album. Its' natural successor is 'Try not to breathe'- both have an almost medieval sound- you can imagine them being played on a lute round a campfire. 'Losing My Religion', 'Endgame' and parts of 'Shiny Happy People','Belong' and 'Me in Honey' have a similar quality. Unlike Out Of Time's often more celebrated successor, Automatic for the People, which , if you want to be cynical, could in places sound like elevator music for an old people's home (Find the river, Nightswimming.), Out Of Time is modern and youthful in spirit even when harking back to a distant past.
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