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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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I used to say that I liked half of the album, until people started asking me which songs I disliked. I can't really name any (save "Hairshirt"), so I've instead started saying I like the songs half as much as I like the typical R.E.M. song. While "Orange Crush," "The Wrong Child" and especially "Get Up" deliver what you're looking for in spades, "You Are Everything," "Pop Song 89" and "World Leader Pretend" feel like they're missing something.
There was really nothing the band could do about it, though; Green was a mediocre record that needed to be made so that the world could get Out of Time and Automatic for the People. It was my least favorite R.E.M. record, up until they released Reveal this summer. But that's another review...
REM's first major-label release (as pointed out by every other review here), GREEN is loud, glamorous, and brash, a total departure from the indie production of their earlier release DOCUMENT. In fact, DOCUMENT seems incredibly modest in comparison.
However, REM's songwriting remains almost as strong as on DOCUMENT, though a tad overambitious. "You are the Everything" is a poignant recollection of childhood. "The Wrong Child" is a laudably original song about being handicapped. "Orange Crush" is a slightly-nonsensical critique of the Vietnam War. "I Remember California" bridges the gap between indie and major-label well.
However, there are a few misses. "World Leader Pretend" comes across as cold and unmoving. (In fact, I believe that it was conceived as a happy song, but Stipe regrettably saddened it.) "Stand" is so sappy and sugary that it pains me to know that many people identify this as a exemplar REM track because of its radio play.
GREEN is akward and obviously catches the band in a transitory period. 3 stars is, I believe, it's deserved rating.
Or so they thought. "Green", with its biggest hit "Stand" hitting high on the charts, suggested that perhaps big hair and pyrotechnics weren't a necessary part of pop music, and the album now stands as a testament to REM's persistence and, ultimately, their impact on the direction modern rock took in the early 90's. The "alternative" revolution was ! little more than punk energy melding with college quirk, and these days your average pop music fan laughs --openly and freely-- at those fools with big hair and ripped jeans. "Green" was an omen of good things to come, fully three years before anyone else realized what those good things might be.
It's also an interesting album musically. There's a high quirk factor (lead singer Michael Stipe's lyrics are as abstract as ever), but also sweet chiming of acoustic guitars and mandolins. It's a gentle album, and not nearly as schizophrenic as "Lifes Rick Pageant." It's a good listen, a great album for drives (I'd imagine especially in the southern US, although I don't have emperical evidence of this) or for hot, humid summer nights. It's a quiet album --one could almost call it "innocent"-- but its subtlety rocked the music industry to its foundations.
In typical curveball REM fashion, the colour of the sleeve is not green but orange. Song 7, of course, is Orange Crush which is about the serious concern of Vietnam. But this album, like most REM albums, is a curious hybrid- 'Orange Crush' could also refer to the unashamedly youthful, sweet, 'pop' sensibility of some of REM's inspirations- California, the 60s and its simple, direct political protest slogans: the dreamy 'Get Up' and the practical 'Stand'. Sandwiched between these two is 'You are the everything', which oscillates between present concerns for the world and the sureness of the past with the riff of a mandolin.
But any wrongly held suspicions that the casual listener might hold of nostalgic naivety on the part of REM is shot to nothing by 'World Leader Pretend', a song about one man's power and stupidity and its wider implications.
Following this is the simply beautiful 'The Wrong Child' that seemlessly takes so many musical directions. Haunting piano melodies seep through Michael's lament about a boy who has 'never been' outside. Careful observers might draw comparisons with World Leader Pretend who doesn't seem to have spent much time out of his political office.
'Turn you inside out' could have been put on Monster without any incoherence but, again, it's about how much power a leader wields, whether he be a rock star or politician- Stipe continues :'I can swing my megaphone' on Hairshirt, which follows the delicate instrumentation of the earlier 'You are the everything'.
As for the other songs- Pop Song 89 is a bit clunky and not their best song ever but it works when placed next to Get Up.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I ordered this one so that the song 'Stand' would get out of my head and be heard in full by my own choice. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2013 by Red the Wonderer
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
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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