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  • Audio CD (Sept. 10 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002N9S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
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1. How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us
2. The Wake-Up Bomb
3. New Test Leper
4. Undertow
5. E-Bow The Letter
6. Leave
7. Departure
8. Bittersweet Me
9. Be Mine
10. Binky The Doormat
11. Zither
12. So Fast, So Numb
13. Low Desert
14. Electrolite

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After finishing the Monster tour with a huge quantity of newly written material, R.E.M. quickly began the task of transforming it into an album. The result is New Adventures In Hi-Fi, the most dramatic and wide-ranging musical statement the group have ever made. The 14 songs range from hushed acoustic to full-on electric, from studio recordings in Seattle to an acoustic jam in a Philadelphia bathroom. Both spontaneous-sounding and intensely focused, the album represents the band at the pinnacle of their creative powers. Certified gold by the RIAA. (6/93)

New Adventures, despite its studiocentric title, is a snapshots-from-the-road record in the tradition of Neil Young's Time Fades Away and Jackson Browne's Running on Empty. Like them, it captures a where-am-I-and-why ambience, even with its concert and sound-check material reworked in post-tour sessions. This is very much a transitional album, its feel somewhere between the chamber-folk sweep of Out of Time and Automatic for the People and the distortion-pedal party that raged on Monster. It's the work of a band pretty near its peak consolidating familiar sounds and styles while tinkering with the edges. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
I was fortunate to pick this album up for cheap, and I haven't put it down since. I'm a huge fan of R.E.M., and I had high expectations of this highly acclaimed album... this just blew me away. This could very well be better than Automatic.
This is their longest cd yet, but with some of the most creative, and moving songs, the band has ever produced. The cd opener, How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us, is a moving, haunting piece that will grab your soul and pull you into this album...
...and then you get hit by the hard, rocking Wake Up Bomb! The tracks are so diversed that I'm sure there's at least one track here you're bound to love. New Test Leper and Be Mine are beautiful, slow songs that are great to relax and listen to, while Leave, Wake Up Bomb and So Fast, So Numb are heavier and hit you hard. There's so much diversity, and there's no real bad songs on this album.
The two singles, E-Bow The Letter and the closer, Electrolite, are the best songs on the cd. E-Bow has a haunting melody (aided by the talent of Patti Smiths vocals), while Electrolite is a great way to end the album (second to only Find The River on Automatic)
The competition for best R.E.M. cd is tight, but this is a good contender. My personal favourite is Reveal, but the quality of this cd blows it out of the water, really.
You have got to buy this cd.
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This album combines the gentle experimentation of 'Automatic for the People' with the feedback romance of 'Monster.' REM figured out a way to take the best of those two albums to create this, one of their most underrated albums.
When I first saw it, I was in a record store. I read a lot of music magazines and I thought I was keeping up with what's going on in the record industry, but I had no idea a new REM album was coming out. So I figured it had to be a collection of B-sides, or some kind of 'odds and sods' CD. The cover and the title are deceptive. The album looks so understated, with such a generic name, that you can almost miss it.
I'd glad I figured out what it is, because it became my favorite REM album. Michael Stipe's voice is somewhere between creepy and beautiful on every track. The moody songs have the kind of repetitive perfection of Brian Eno's best ambient albums. The rock songs drone and buzz with noise. It's also worth noting that this is one of the longest REM albums. At 65 minutes, it would be a double album back in the vinyl days. I highly recommend this CD, even if you aren't an REM fan.
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By A Customer on April 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
If Monster was REM's worst album (by their standards) then NAIHF is clearly their second worst. Now don't get me wrong. REM are one of the top bands of ALL time and they have singularly failed to make a bad album. But as a fan, I think it only fair to judge their work alongside the previous output. NAIHF plods along,gets totally lost up its own backside,has absolutely NO cohesion and is both too long and sonically their most depressing work to date. What sets it aside from Monster is that at lest it contains some tracks that qualify as quality REM. That however is diluted by the fact that this is their ONLY album to date that has absolutely ZERO invention or anything new to offer. Its basically a rehash of everything they've ever done before(at least Monster had this redeeming quality in abundance). So if you're new to REM then of course go and buy this album.Its bloody good by anyone else's standards. But by REM's lofty standards, the word disappointment doesn't nearly do it justice.Thank God they've got out of this rut with the excellent but tragically underrated UP and REVEAL. And if you want to hear REM at their absolute peak then you should go and buy Lifes Rich Pageant, songwriting AND invention at its absolute best.
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From the time I first started listening to R.E.M. in the mid-1980's, I have always loved their ballads (remember "Shaking Through" and "Wendell Gee"?) "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" delivers several great ballads, including "Be Mine", "New Test Leper" and the haunting "E-Bow the Letter" (a duet with Patti Smith). These songs have sunk their hooks deep within my subconscious; I play them at least twice each time I listen to the CD and sometimes they play in my head even when I'm not listening to the CD!
But the CD does offer some "New Adventures" from the band. "The Wake-Up Bomb" and "Departure" have a much harder edge than most R.E.M. songs. And you can actually make out the lyrics to most of the songs.
The mood shifts constantly throughout the CD, both musically and lyrically. Michael Stipe's lyrics are as quirky as ever ("I wanna be your Easter bunny, I wanna be your Christmas tree") as they alternately celebrate and condemn the contemporary world we live in.
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Probably more like 3 and a half stars. The most disappointing thing about "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" had to be the title. Far from being adventurous, the album stuck with the same territory the band had just covered with the brilliant "Automatic For The People" and the tired "Monster". It's almost a morph of the two, in fact-- lovely midtempo, introspective songs ("How The West Was Won", "New Test Leper", "Electrolite" and so on) and roaring, seering cuts ("The Wake Up Bomb", "So Fast, So Numb", and so on). The combination gives the album an uneasy feeling. Maybe that's what they wanted. If the band had taken the time and put some real effort into the album (instead of recording it in dressing rooms and during soundchecks), maybe they could have ironed out some of its inadequacies. As it is, it's just an odd chapter in an odd period in R.E.M. history. "E-Bow The Letter" is tremendo! us and would have fit nicely on "Automatic For The People" (It would have been perfect if somehow they could have taken "E-Bow", put it on "Automatic" in "Ignoreland"'s place, and then put "Ignoreland" on "New Adventures", but I digress...) Definitely worth owning, "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" has several highlights, but there are just too many low points... Now--the NEXT album (without Bill Berry)--that should be a real adventure...
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