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  • Audio CD (Oct. 5 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0002W4UVG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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1. Leaving New York
2. Electron Blue
3. The Outsiders
4. Make It All Ok
5. Final Straw
6. I Wanted to Be Wrong
7. Wander Lust
8. The Boy in the Well
9. Aftermath
10. High Speed Train
11. Worst Joke Ever
12. The Ascent of Man
13. Around the Sun

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Special edition includes 14 four-color posters with the CD in a babypak.


Having delivered their last great album with 1992's haunting Automatic For the People, R.E.M. spent more than decade attempting all kinds of reinvention, from the pointlessly noisy Monster to the painfully dull Up. But with Around the Sun it feels like the band is getting its bearings back. Not only is it the Georgia trio's most consistent album since the 1997 departure of drummer Bill Berry, but it also sees the return of the lush imagery and intricate playing of the band's vintage years. There are trains, mandolins, Man Ray skies. More importantly, it seems heartfelt. Witness the gorgeous disquietingly dark opener "Leaving New York," the rapturous folk of "I Wanted to Be Wrong" and the solidly intense "Boy In the Well." At 13 generous tracks, it's far from perfect but--just when everyone thought R.E.M. was down for the count--Around the Sun is an unexpected bruiser of a comeback. --Aidin Vaziri

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Format: Audio CD
R.E.M.'s 13th studio album, AROUND THE SUN, will strike most listeners as a throwback to the band's sound in the early 1990s. While I've always thought OUT OF TIME was a pretty disposable record (save for a few songs), AUTOMATIC is what hooked me on R.E.M. While REVEAL, though short on melodies, sounds very much like a classicist R.E.M. album, AROUND THE SUN sounds like the band's trying to rewrite AUTOMATIC, and in every department AROUND THE SUN comes up deficient when compared to its predecessor, mostly because of its lack of emotional depth and the directionless funk R.E.M. finds themselves in the New Millennium.

While AUTOMATIC is slow and built mainly on ballads and folk songs (albeit seen through a rock context), it had an emotional core that binds the record into a cohesive whole. AUTOMATIC never shies away from the heady themes, but it is a comforting record. Much of the album is largely mid tempo with one major exception. The political dirge "Ignoreland," where Stipe kicks the music and lyrics into high gear, bashing Reagan and the Republican Party, sounds both out of place and is rather jarring. Other than that and the rather bizarre inclusion of the throwaway two minute instrumental "New Orleans," AUTOMATIC mediates mostly on death, pain, and a search for solace. It is a tremendous set of songs, and is rightly regarded as one of R.E.M.'s masterpieces. It's mellow, soul-searching music. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE is the one fo the best realisations of the power of folk and medative music played in a rock and roll context.

AROUND THE SUN, no matter what way you slice it, sounds like a directionless mess. The music is largely bland, hookless, and midtempo; the lyrics, while sometimes (entirely characteristic) oblique, never touches the listener like AUTOMATIC does.
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By A Customer on Oct. 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
In this world of musical genius's (and in case you're wondering I am being sarcastic) such as Ashley Simpson and Hillary Duff it has become hip to trash artists such as REM. The fact remains that Rem continues to make some of the most beautiful music out there and Around The Sun is NO different. This band has been written off by a lot of critics lately but this is quite frankly ridiculous. Around the Sun opens with the lovely track Leaving NY. This song features a great vocal performance by Mr. Stipe. Other highlights from this album include the tracks Aftermath, Electron Blue, I Wanted to be Wrong and many others. Yes this is not a rock album or a party album but this album reminds the listener of the REM classic disc Automatic For the People. This band may not get the radio or video exposure of the past (especially in North America)but pick this album up listen to it with an open mind a couple times and you will hear that REM are still at the top of their game, its a shame that the majority of the North American music buying public seem to playing a different game!!
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It can be said that the current R.E.M. is less a full-time band and more a part-time supergroup. The members - particularly Michael Stipe - have of late been investing an equal amount of time into side interests, political causes, and personal breaks. This has resulted in increasing lag times between albums and an overall loss of artistic Focus. It is all evident in the broad, studio-bound feel of "Around The Sun". The band's continuing refusal to write straight-forward rock songs has now become downright frustrating; fans expecting a carry-over of the bouyent playfulness of "Bad Day" (from the 2003 Best-Of) will surely be disappointed by this album's mid-tempo pacing, languid demeanour, and reliance on studio frills.
The first side of the album is moderately satisfying. Single "Leaving New York" and piano ballad "Make it All O.K." fit nicely with R.E.M.'s previous material, while the sleek and synthetic electro-groves of "The Outsiders" and "Electron Blue" have the band moving in interesting directions. However, the second half of the album is surprisingly mediocre. It is stocked with sullen dirges ("High Speed Train", "Worst Joke Ever") and sentimental pop songs ("Aftermath", the title track) that fall well below the band's high standards. The album's one consistant pleasure turns out to be Stipe's voice, which has lost none of its richness or resonance over the years. Still, "Around The Sun" remains something I thought would never exist: a genually dissapointing R.E.M. album.
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Let me say at the outset that I was underwhelmed on the first listen, but after a very short time, I'm listening to the cd several times a day. It's moodier and more reflective than I expected, and that's a good thing. Nothing happens by accident with R.E.M. Each collection of songs is so carefully crafted, with degrees of mood and texture, that the albums don't always result in instant gratification. You have to dig in and live with these songs for a while and let them drift into your consciousness, which I think is the whole idea. And then, if you're lucky enough to see them live, you soon understand how beautifully the newer songs fit into the brilliant R.E.M. catalogue. Buy the wonderful "Perfect Square Live" dvd and guaranteed, you'll see what I mean.
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