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When R.E.M. graduated from I.R.S. to Warner Bros., they also graduated from clubs and theaters to stadiums. Their 1988 Warner debut reached #12, thanks to the hits Stand and Pop Song 89 .
Green catapulted R.E.M. from campus cult favourites to rock stars of the highest order. The album contains three of the Athens, Georgia, quartet's most popular radio hits ("Pop Song 89", "Stand", and "Orange Crush"), punching up the big rock hooks and letting the spooky independent production slip away. Some diehard fans cried "Sellout!" but that's a strange attitude given singer Michael Stipe's environmental activism. "I'm very scared of this world," he sings above jangling mandolins on "You Are the Everything". It's still unclear what he's trying to say, but at least we can understand the words this time. --Steve Knopper
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This album is a curiosity. It is half-filled with pop confectionery and half-filled with some mysterious some politico-serious intensely layered fare. This was the debut album with Warner Brothers and one of R.E.M.'s best-selling albums to date. In it is portent of the next two albums to come...the uneven pop-throw-off of Out of Time and the acoustic brilliance of Automatic for the People.
Out of all of R.E.M's records I own it is probably the second to last of ones I relisten too...bringing up the rear would be "Out of Time." With that said though, the artistry of R.E.M. still make it better than most out there.
The nod to pop sensibilities don't stand up to time so well with songs like, "Pop Song 89", "Get Up", and "Stand" which seem to border on the slightly annoying more so than the timeless. But songs like "World Leader Pretend", "Orange Crush" and "Turn You Inside-Out" are some of the band's best works. "World Leader Pretend," is densely layered with the interplay between Stipe and Mills voices blended beautifully together, "It's amazing what devices you can improvise, this is my mistake, let me make it good." Very apropos of the cold war world politics of the times.
"Wrong Child" is delightfully odd. For some reason the voice of this song reminds me of a John Travolta Boy in a Bubble perspective..."I'm not supposed to be like this, but it's OK." I don't know if this has struck anyone else the same, but it's oddly alluring and lends the song intrigue. "I Remember California," is a bass line led mood piece..."lumberboys and girls with tans."
Half of this album is brillance with depth the other half seems to be surface pop...but with that non-throwaway R.E.M. sound. Turn to "Automatic for the People," "Life's Rich Pageant," or "New Adventures in Hi Fi." if you're new to R.E.M. but if your a die-hard fan don't pass on Green.
The last word of the preceding paragraph may enrage some of the band's fans. But before you hit the "No" button, please let me clarify. I'm not comparing R.E.M. with the here-today-and-thankfully-gone-tomorrow pop that fills the singles charts, but rather with the thankfully-here-for-ever classic pop of the Beatles and Phil Spector (in other words the universal riverbed of pop, of which rock is only a sub-set). R.E.M. were actually stretching the unyielding envelope of rock from 'Radio Free Europe' onwards, but by the time of "Green" such narrow genre boundaries were no more than a plaything in their inquisitive hands.
The transition is appropriately marked by several traits that are now considered to the quintessential hallmarks of R.E.M.'s career, but which really made their first substantive appearance on "Green". All of these traits have their roots in a new found artistic self-confidence that expresses itself as a quantum leap in both vision and technique:
1) Experimentation with new sonic textures.
2) Willingness to risk alienating the established fan-base.
3) A typically post-modern playfulness with musical genres that simultaneously honours and subverts the band's own influences.
Some commentators of course claim to see these traits in the band's earlier work, but very few of these could offer conclusive evidence that they were interpreting the earlier stuff that way at the time it first appeared.Read more ›
Their previous record's sound shows up again on Green in places. Orange Crush is very simular to The One I love, and I remember California is much like Oddfellows local 151. Stand is still one of the clearest and most positive personal political anthems around, and you gotta love the wah-wah peddle!
Most recent customer reviews
Denis Leary does a great comedic riff on one of the songs off another album ("Shiny Happy People" on Out of Time) which does hit home about earnestness and "saving the Earth. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2009 by Brian Maitland
The fourth R.E.M. I have owned really was a different one. The three preceding ones I owned (Auto, OOT and Hi-Fi) all have complex, moody songs (ignoring the likes of Shiny Happy... Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Dan Stanley
Ok, I didn't read all 89 reviews, but...
It seems that a great many reviewers have missed several points about this album. Read more
If you look at the stock market, even during bearish times, it peaks and valleys a bit.
R.E.M.'s album quality is akin to this -- if you line graphed it, with the midpoint... Read more
The lyrics on this album are pretty dumb hahaha, but the songs are upbeat and soooo catchy. People make fun of me for liking this album, but I don't care, I love that song... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
And here you have it, the first album REM with songs that I never listen to. Tracks 1-5 (ESPECIALLY 5) are all very good. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by saxmaster3