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  • Audio CD (May 15 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005BL29
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 424 customer reviews
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1. The Lifting
2. I've Been High
3. All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna be a Star)
4. She Just Wants To Be
5. Disappear
6. Saturn Return
7. Beat a Drum
8. Imitation Of Life
9. Summer Turns To High
10. Chorus And The Ring
11. I'll Take The Rain
12. Beachball

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This limited edition version features a custom sleeve that measure 8 inches square, a 40 page full colour booklet which includes photography by Michael Stipe and full album lyrics.

REM have no right, at this advanced stage in their career, to be making such spirited and beautiful music as that on Reveal. Twenty years after "Radio Free Europe", they're still jiggy as year-old pups. Reveal is the sound of a band who have moved beyond feeling the need to change or to prove themselves to each new generation, but still want to make music that expresses a passion for life. Michael Stipe's voice has never been more evocatively beautiful than it is on "I've Been High", and Peter Buck's eclectic tunesmithery has continued in the highly accessible vein it was mining on their previous album, Up. Those who yearn to hear the Stipe of old, mumbling incomprehensibly behind murky Byrds-u-like chords, will remain disappointed by his increasing emergence as an upfront vocalist whose lyrics, if never entirely self-explanatory, now make ingenious use of phrases, images and vignettes that anybody can identify with. Hovering over much of the album is the spirit of Brian Wilson, whose melodic and harmonic genius is echoed in "Beachball" and almost transcended in the astonishingly plangent "Summer Turns to High". With so much to live up to from "Losing My Religion" to "Man On the Moon", it's not far short of astonishing that REM can still come up with a song like "Imitation of Life", whose gorgeously chiming and shimmering chorus sets the heart soaring and the eyes misting over. That song alone would be worth the price of admission but, fortunately, from the first synthesiser swirls of the album's opener, "The Lifting", there's not a dud to be heard in the entire dozen cuts. --Johnny Black

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Format: Audio CD
The whole album has a bright, sunny atmosphere to it. The best time to first listen to reveal is in the summer. It's just summer music, and you can't help but think the ghost of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys (artistically, not literally, since Wilson's still alive as of this writing) hangs over the whole affair. It's bright shiny pop music. As much as the band hates "Shiny Happy People", for me, from a production, if not necessarily a lyrical, standpoint this is a shiny happy sound.

When Bill Berry split in 1997, R.E.M. was forced to decide if they would stay true to their original intention of disbanding when any member decided to leave, or to continue. Obviously, they chose to continue. Originally the band said they would call it quits by the year 2000, but that didn't happen either.

While NEW ADVENTURES, the last studio album recorded by the full band, was quite the good record, you could tell listening in retrospect they weren't quite sure what to do after MONSTER. Then the 1998 album UP, awash in strings, keyboards, and moody soundscapes, was quite the departure for the band, it still sounded very much like R.E.M. They were just experimenting to experiment, and it never went anywhere.

In 2001, R.E.M. tried to clear the deck, and record what is known as a `classicist' album in other words, they took all these different elements from their previous records and self-conciously wrote songs to emulate them. Sunny pop from OUT OF TIME? Check. Vague electronic moments from UP? Check. Introspective lyrics and lovely string arrangements from AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE? Check. Some good rock moments from NEW ADVENTURES? Check. Some grunge obsessed, dirty sounding songs from MONSTER? Well, no actually, but you get the point.
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This is a brilliant album. I bought it when it first came out and shelved it. I used to play it on and off and only really took notice of Beat A Drum and Immitation of Life.
I recently gave it more car play and it has finally hit the bell!!! I think what took it so long was the use of sound. There is a lot of unneccessary weirdness to it - squeeks here, distorted dont know what there - which distract from the greatness of the songs. Once you get over a certain amount of listening, those sounds melt away and the true song comes out. If they had kept this simple it would have been a massive hit.
Beat A Drum still remains my favourite - I can play it forever and not get bored. Its on a similar plain to Diminished from Up. I agree with another reviewer that Immitation Of Life sounds like The Great Beyond, but its more like a song from Out Of Time.
Stipe's voice remains great although its lost a touch of its tortured soulness to it.
So what could possibly be next from REM?
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This is the newest album R.E.M. have to offer, and let me tell you, it's brilliant. There's something so warm and touching about this album, something most of their previous albums failed to reach. And while it's no Automatic, it should be considered a classic.
With the departure of Bill Berry, the bands drummer, fans of the old days believed that R.E.M. would never be the same again... how true. This is R.E.M. like you've never heard them before, happy and upbeat. The polar opposite to Automatic, actually.
You've probably heard the albums two main singles, Imitation Of Life and All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star), which are both fantastic songs, and show that, even after a period of about 20 years, the band still know how to keep the auidence satisfied.
The opening, titled The Lifting, is a great way to start the album, and gives you a taste of what's to come. It makes me feel lightheaded! Couple this with beautiful tracks like I've Been High, She Just Wants To Be, and Beat A Drum, and you have a winner on your hands. Even the experimental The Chorus And The Ring proves to be a success!
The highlight of the album, however, is the exquisite I'll Take The Rain, perhaps the bands most beautiful and underrated song (though it did get an interesting music video!) This, in my eyes, makes the album worthy of purchase alone... it's just so sweet.
In case you haven't it out yet, this album is good. Very good. The fans obsessed with the IRS days poo-poo this album, but there's nothing wrong with showing your lighter side.
I recommend this album to everyone, whether you are a fan of the band, or not. It will touch you like it touched me.
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R.E.M. make you work.
On the surface "Reveal" is a sunny pop album, an extended tribute to Brian Wilson that started with "At My Most Beautiful" from the previous album "Up". Yet once you delve under the surface there are darker shades, dank corners and a touch of the perverse.
R.E.M. don't write songs that fully reveal themselves on first listen and that's why I love this band. There is a new discovery waiting each time you play the CD. "Imitation of Life" is the obvious radio-friendly single that flexes the band's pop muscle. But songs like "All the Way to Reno" show the band's ability to write complex, innovative music. This song fuses a Roy Rogers vibe with an airy lounge styling. The chorus (You're going to be a star) is so filled with empty enthusiasm. The surface of the song is all effervescent and light: an optimistic anthem for the disenfranchised, but then the inherent sadness of the song unfolds (going to Reno to become a star?), and the listener is left with the paradox of such dualistic elements-all in the same song.
Other reviewers panned this album for being boring, lacking contagious melodies. And, admittedly, it took me a while to fully appreciate this album. The labored production, so lush and full, in contrast with sparse melodies married to the sunny vibe went over my head. Unlike the darker, starker "Up" which I instantly sank into, "Reveal" was the antithesis of its title. I found the album to be very stubborn and self-protective. But once I found my way in through songs like "She Just Wants to Be", "The Ring and the Chorus" and "Disappear" then other songs came more easily.
I still have problems with "Beat a Drum" and "Beachball".
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