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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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It's too long, but if you prune it (subtract Binky the Doormat, Zither, & Low Desert), it's a masterpiece with their some of their most spontaneous, soulful, and inspired work. Also the album where they transcended the "oh-so-clever" overly-studied college rock smugness which mars much of their work.
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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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When I first heard that R.E.M. was releasing a new album to follow "Monster" I couldn't wait. Then I heard their first single off the album -- "E-bow the Letter" -- on the radio. I was lukewarm on the song but still went out and bought the album, being the R.E.M. devotee that I was.
When I first heard the whole album, except for "Bittersweet Me" and "How the West was Won and Where It Got Us" I was actually disappointed. Furthermore, based on the fickleness of the mass radio audience, I felt that it was not a wise choice to release "E-bow" as the initial single off the album. Sure enough, I think I heard it get some radio play for all of about a week and it disappeared. I can't recall hearing any other songs from "New Adventures In Hi-Fi" getting any airplay at all. I really think it was this decision that took R.E.M. off the radar screens for a while and made "NAIHF" and the following albums, "Up" and "Reveal", though critically acclaimed (especially the latter), far less successful commercially than previous R.E.M. Warner Bros. label albums had been.
After this album came out, since I wasn't too enthused by it, I went back in time and got some older R.E.M. albums like "Life's Rich Pageant" and sort of left "NAIHF" alone for a while. I thus became pretty familiar with R.E.M.'s older works, which I wasn't previously.
Anyway, flash ahead a couple of years: I gave "NAIHF" another twirl and liked it more than I ever had previously for whatever reason. Since then I've heard the album quite a few times and it's definitely grown on me.
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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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