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In Time: The Best Of R.E.M., 1988-2003 (U.S. Version)
 
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In Time: The Best Of R.E.M., 1988-2003 (U.S. Version)

4 Dec. 2015 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 Oct. 2003
  • Release Date: 4 Dec. 2015
  • Label: Warner Bros.
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  • Total Length: 1:15:44
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  • ASIN: B001F33LZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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REM's long-awaited 'Best of' album is a must for anyone new to the band. It combines universally acclaimed tracks like 'losing my religion' and 'everybody hurts' with some of the lesser known but equally impressive numbers such as 'e-bow the letter' and 'orange crush'.
For die hard REM fans however, most of the songs here will feel slighlty overplayed and stale...unless you happen upon the magnificent special edition with the enhanced 'rarities and b-sides' supplement as I did. Most of the tracks on the main LP are understandably from the post 1990 era but disc 2 offers some fantastic reworked songs dating back to the early 80's, culminating in a painstakingly beautiful live version of 'Country Feedback' (in my opinion one of the best songs ever written).
Unsurprisingly after 20 years of unrivalled and unparralled rock songs, REM's 'In Time' sparked much debate as to which songs would actually appear on the album. With the exception of the new track 'Animal' I wouldn't argue with the choices made by the band, but this band has produced so many quality tracks you could almost release a 4CD collection - now that would be a driving album!!!
Fans of some of the early work should try to pick up any albums missing from your collection (Life's Rich Paegeant is not to be missed) - most stores are selling them off for a fiver - criminal! I would've like to have seen 'Find the River', 'So fast so numb' and 'starnge currencies' make an appearance on 'In Time' but I can't complain, I can listen to them whenever I like.
If this album serves to achieve anything new it is to answer the much fought question of greatness: U2 or REM? Sorry Bono, but'In time' blows the Irish band's 'Best Of' right out of the water.
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There may never be agreement on the best tracks of such an important, much-loved band. Universally successful groups like REM reach a great variety of people with diverse tastes, connecting with different sides of their musical personality. This, their second best-of, covers REM's albums with Warner, incorporating their most commerically successful period and taking us up to their more recent slip from the limelight. Still a great band, there is no disputing the fading of their relevance lately, but their time will come again. This collection concentrates mostly on their singles output, but somehow largley avoids the sunnier side. I think - and I think the diehards would agree - that this Best Of is at least a close representation of the Spirit of the band, something that can't always be said about such compilations. That said, there is also the irritating commercial imperative to include some new tracks which don't make the grade, but this is standard practise now.

I think there are some jarring exclusions - conspicuous in their absence - such as 'Drive', 'Country Feedback', 'World Leader Pretend', 'Crush With Eyeliner'. The albums Monster and Out of Time are only represented by one track each, criminal really, the most obvious omission being the latter's Shiny Happy People (but this is understandable). If the intention of this collection is to bolster the songs post-Automatic, then it succeeds to place them on a non-chronological platform with greats such as 'Losing My Religion', 'Man on the Moon', 'Nightswimming' etc. The overall effect is one of amazing consistency, but feels strangely downbeat, despite the inclusion of poppier moments such as 'Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite' and 'What's the Frequency Kenneth?'.
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A compilation album from REM, from 1988 to 2003, from "Green" to "Reveal", the period when it was commercially at its peak (we can argue whether it was their artistic peak as well; to me their best period in that regard was during the last years for the IRS label). Obviously, what makes a compilation album is a great job in selecting the material. There are many great songs here ("electrolite", "losing my religion", "man on the moon", "stand", "the great beyond", "bad day", "the sidewinder sleeps tonite"), but too many good songs were left out as well (for instance, "pop song 89", "world leader pretend", "get up", the untitled song from green, "near wild heaven", "shiny happy people"), and mediocre songs were selected instead ("animal", "all the right friends", "at the most beautiful"). So this is not the knockout album it could have been. Of course, this might just be my subjective opinion of what their best songs were during this period, but many songs left out of this album have been favorites of many of their fans, so it's hard to understand the rationale of the selection. I felt the compilation of the IRS years, Eponymous, did a far better job in presenting the band's highlights.
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Although this isn't quite all of REM's Warner Brother singles (no Shiny Happy People, Lotus or Find the River, for example) there is still plenty here to remind the listener just how good a band they are at their best. It's impossible not to sing along to nearly all these songs, and it's wonderful to hear the lesser-known later singles like Reno and Daysleeper more than holding their own with classics like Losing My Religion and Everybody Hurts. With three solid new songs (especially Bad Day), this isn't only a must-have for anyone who doesn't own any of the band's albums since 'Automatic For The People', it's pretty much essential for anyone who loves feelgood, guitar driven pop rock, with the occasional twist. Pretty much peerless stuff.
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