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|1. What's The Frequency, Kenneth?|
|2. Crush With Eyeliner|
|3. King Of Comedy|
|4. I Don't Sleep, I Dream|
|5. Star 69|
|6. Strange Currencies|
|8. Bang And Blame|
|9. I Took Your Name|
|10. Let Me In|
|11. Circus Envy|
The guitars got cranked up-and fans got amped up when they heard this 1994 album, sending it to #1. Their most rockin' album of the era includes the hits What's the Frequency, Kenneth?; Bang and Blame; Strange Currencies , and more.
R.E.M. pushed the jangle out of the picture with Monster, replacing it with reverberating snaps, crackles, and pops. An album that wraps itself to 1970s glam finery while reaching out to the flannel-clad post-Nirvana throngs, it largely succeeds at demonstrating that these Georgians still know how to rock. The MTV fave "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" kicks things off on a high note as Peter Buck's distorted power chords set the tone for the 12-song set. "Strange Currencies" may be alarmingly reminiscent of the Automatic for the People hit "Everybody Hurts," but it's actually the superior song. "Let Me In" is a heavily distorted nod to the fallen Kurt Cobain. While Monster is far from R.E.M.'s most consistent effort, it stands as a ragged and risky respite from safe and sound alterna-rock. --Steven Stolder
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In retrospect this arrogant slab of metal from REM was simply their way of mastering a genre they themselves gave birth to, their pronounced way of fathering a million stepchildren, as though to remind the indie-kids who was (and always will be) boss. Take "You" for instance, it's simply "I Remember California" on viagra, and "Star 69" takes three seconds to become one of my all-time favorites. "I Don't Sleep, I Dream" wastes no time either in becoming an instant REM classic. They toss around massive melodic hooks and lyrical triumph effortlessly, and it's that lack of apparent effort and angst that seems to have turned so many off to this project as the years have passed. Shame, then, that everyone wants to forget its proper context, and concentrate on the pitfalls of an album that still has it, can tear wallpaper like any indie-shoegazer project, and serves as a fantastic outlet for sanguine self-expression at the dawning of an age when "out" was "in". It just seems like after this album came out, everyone I knew suddenly was "in a band."
It's impossible to understand what REM have done since "Automatic" without dwelling on the highs of "Monster," a totally misunderstood trip. And when was the last time you even THOUGHT about Courtney?
"What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" is a great album opener, although radio has played it enough that it's not as good as it used to be.... "Crush With Eyeliner" is one of my favorites on the album - it has attitude, and truly rocks... "King Of Comedy" is my least favorite - I realize that it's a good song, I just can't get into its groove enough to enjoy it much... "I Don't Sleep, I Dream" is a little slower song, Stipe using falsetto for the chorus... "Star 69" is back to fast hard rock with an echo on the vocal... "Strange Currencies" is a beautiful ballad, shows that electric guitar feedback can really give feeling to a ballad if introduced at the right time...Read more ›
I really like "What's The Frequency Kenneth" for no apparent reason, though. WAIT! did I just say something GOOD about this album...
NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!
This album is TERRIBLE!!!! PLEASE buy Murmur instead!!!
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There are some good tunes on this album especially "Star 69" but overall this album misses its mark. This is probably where most long-time R.E.M. fans gave up on the band. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2009 by Brian Maitland
From CHRONIC TOWN to DOCUMENT, R.E.M. has an unassailable catalog of consistently excellent work. Post-DOCUMENT R.E.M. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by M. E Mattson
After the two megahit albums OUT OF TIME and AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE,R.E.M.'s MONSTER wasn't even nominated for a Grammy. Hits from the album include WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH? Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by andy8047
Monster features some of r.e.m.'s most popular songs to date such as "What's the frequency Kenneth?", "Crush With Eyeliner", "Star 69", "Strange Currencies", and "Bang and Blame". Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Jeans Yoder
Monster is R.E.M.s experimental rock cd, and let me tell you, it's something else. It's hard for a band as different as R.E.M. to produce something even more different! Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Dan Stanley
Listening to R.E.M.'s Monster is like wearing your underwear backwards: something just doesn't feel quite right. From a big-picture perspective, Monster is missing something. Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by J. GARRATT
for many years now i have never taken any notice of what other people thought of the music i like. this album is brilliant. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by stephen hodgson
I know many R.E.M. fans who carped about the departure made by the band here in terms of the sound of "Monster".
Know what? I'm glad they did it. Read more
The star has fallen. This album is terrible. Particularly considering their musical history and their past potential for creativity and great song writing. Do NOT buy this album.Published on March 24 2004