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Reveal [Import]

R.E.M. Audio CD
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1. The Lifting
2. I've Been High
3. All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna be a Star)
4. She Just Wants To Be
5. Disappear
6. Saturn Return
7. Beat a Drum
8. Imitation Of Life
9. Summer Turns To High
10. Chorus And The Ring
11. I'll Take The Rain
12. Beachball

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REM have no right, at this advanced stage in their career, to be making such spirited and beautiful music as that on Reveal. Twenty years after "Radio Free Europe", they're still jiggy as year-old pups. Reveal is the sound of a band who have moved beyond feeling the need to change or to prove themselves to each new generation, but still want to make music that expresses a passion for life. Michael Stipe's voice has never been more evocatively beautiful than it is on "I've Been High", and Peter Buck's eclectic tunesmithery has continued in the highly accessible vein it was mining on their previous album, Up. Those who yearn to hear the Stipe of old, mumbling incomprehensibly behind murky Byrds-u-like chords, will remain disappointed by his increasing emergence as an upfront vocalist whose lyrics, if never entirely self-explanatory, now make ingenious use of phrases, images and vignettes that anybody can identify with. Hovering over much of the album is the spirit of Brian Wilson, whose melodic and harmonic genius is echoed in "Beachball" and almost transcended in the astonishingly plangent "Summer Turns to High". With so much to live up to from "Losing My Religion" to "Man On the Moon", it's not far short of astonishing that REM can still come up with a song like "Imitation of Life", whose gorgeously chiming and shimmering chorus sets the heart soaring and the eyes misting over. That song alone would be worth the price of admission but, fortunately, from the first synthesiser swirls of the album's opener, "The Lifting", there's not a dud to be heard in the entire dozen cuts. --Johnny Black

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R.E.M. ~ Reveal

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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The whole album has a bright, sunny atmosphere to it. The best time to first listen to reveal is in the summer. It's just summer music, and you can't help but think the ghost of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys (artistically, not literally, since Wilson's still alive as of this writing) hangs over the whole affair. It's bright shiny pop music. As much as the band hates "Shiny Happy People", for me, from a production, if not necessarily a lyrical, standpoint this is a shiny happy sound.

When Bill Berry split in 1997, R.E.M. was forced to decide if they would stay true to their original intention of disbanding when any member decided to leave, or to continue. Obviously, they chose to continue. Originally the band said they would call it quits by the year 2000, but that didn't happen either.

While NEW ADVENTURES, the last studio album recorded by the full band, was quite the good record, you could tell listening in retrospect they weren't quite sure what to do after MONSTER. Then the 1998 album UP, awash in strings, keyboards, and moody soundscapes, was quite the departure for the band, it still sounded very much like R.E.M. They were just experimenting to experiment, and it never went anywhere.

In 2001, R.E.M. tried to clear the deck, and record what is known as a `classicist' album in other words, they took all these different elements from their previous records and self-conciously wrote songs to emulate them. Sunny pop from OUT OF TIME? Check. Vague electronic moments from UP? Check. Introspective lyrics and lovely string arrangements from AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE? Check. Some good rock moments from NEW ADVENTURES? Check. Some grunge obsessed, dirty sounding songs from MONSTER? Well, no actually, but you get the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great album June 5 2001
Format:Audio CD
When I first bought this album I put my headphones on lay down outside and listened through three staright times. Although its been said several times it's worth repeating that this album is the perfect soundtrack for the summer. There are plenty of memerable moments: the fist few notes of The Lifting, Stipes voice on I've Been High, She Just Wants to Be, and the chorus on I'll take the rain are some of R.E.M.'s greatest.
That being said, I have to admitt that it's not nearly as good as Up (which I thought was their best album since Murmur), but its still well worth your money. It's a great pick me up after that last dissapointment from their contemporaries U2. If your an R.E.M. fan (or even if your not) give this album a chance, you'll probably be plesantly surprized
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 STARS -- R.E.M. Shines Brightly Again Aug. 6 2005
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Truely a return to form for R.E.M.. Excellent melodies, lyrics, and flow, with a conceptual thread of the joys and pains of summer... Stipe's singing is in top form, and the arrangements are interesting yet not (usually) intrusive.

Transcendent stuff!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A HUGE disappointment July 10 2004
Format:Audio CD
Being quite a fan of REM I was so disappointed to hear the album after all the solid reviews it received. I have yet to read a review of this album that was anything but positive. The tracks on 'Reveal' are completely lacking in drive and direction and are missing the strong melodies REM songs are known for. The album has four OK tracks at most. I've tried to listening to the album again and again but my opinion has not changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars takes a while... June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant album. I bought it when it first came out and shelved it. I used to play it on and off and only really took notice of Beat A Drum and Immitation of Life.
I recently gave it more car play and it has finally hit the bell!!! I think what took it so long was the use of sound. There is a lot of unneccessary weirdness to it - squeeks here, distorted dont know what there - which distract from the greatness of the songs. Once you get over a certain amount of listening, those sounds melt away and the true song comes out. If they had kept this simple it would have been a massive hit.
Beat A Drum still remains my favourite - I can play it forever and not get bored. Its on a similar plain to Diminished from Up. I agree with another reviewer that Immitation Of Life sounds like The Great Beyond, but its more like a song from Out Of Time.
Stipe's voice remains great although its lost a touch of its tortured soulness to it.
So what could possibly be next from REM?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD, this music is art June 12 2004
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Format:Audio CD
When I first bought Reveal, I didn't really like it, and so let it sit unplayed for a long, long time. Then one time, I found that I was beginning to grow tired of the hard-rock music that I listen to so much, and I tried to think of the CD that I hadn't listened to in the longest while. Reveal immediately came to mind. So I popped it in my player, and discovered that I, all of a sudden, immensely enjoyed the beautiful sounds that were coming out of my speakers. All I did for the next few days was play the album over and over, and then show my friends (who never really have liked REM) what a band like REM was capable of. It then turned out that one of my friends had discovered "Losing my Religion" and instantly liked REM, and the other friend I showed it to remains a skeptic about REM, but loved the sounds of "All the Way to Reno". I think they were probably put off of REM by Stand.........
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated album... ever.
This is the newest album R.E.M. have to offer, and let me tell you, it's brilliant. There's something so warm and touching about this album, something most of their previous albums... Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Dan Stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Band Revealed?
"Reveal" represents R.E.M.'s second effort without Bill Berry. I think it is a more unified, confident collection than its predecessor "Up" was; also it's a... Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars With time: Will Reveal
R.E.M. make you work.
On the surface "Reveal" is a sunny pop album, an extended tribute to Brian Wilson that started with "At My Most Beautiful" from the... Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Ryan Berg
2.0 out of 5 stars TO REM -- GET BILL BACK!!
Kidnap him, drive him blind-folded, carry him to the studio, and undo the blind-fold. Have him drum on your next cd as his mark is missing terribly on this one. Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by 12 Eloquent Dots
4.0 out of 5 stars The three-legged dog still barks!
I saw one review of this album that said this was REM's fire and slippers album,which is pretty accurate. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by "beatadrum"
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a shot before you shoot.
R.E.M. is a great and amazing band, and have been a great and amazing band for over 20 years... and while Reveal is slower and mellower than what one would normally expect from... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by JohnnyDoolittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Lay down and listen
R.E.M. stand for Rapid Eye Movements (a sleep phase). It's exactly what I want to do when I hear this album. Just want to lay down, rest a bit and fall asleep on it. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by Guylaine Le Ber
3.0 out of 5 stars They've been better
A bit disappointing, this one. I like REM and I like Michael Stipe's voice but this one doesn't have real moments for wich you buy a CD. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by "big-apple"
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