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R.E.M. was an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia, USA, in 1980 by Michael Stipe (lead vocals), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Bill Berry (drums and percussion). R.E.M. was one of the first popular alternative rock bands, and gained early attention due to Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe's unclear vocals. R.E.M. released ... Read more in Amazon's R.E.M. Store

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  • Audio CD (14 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • ASIN: B00005BL29
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Lifting
2. I've Been High
3. All The Way To Reno
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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BBC Review

Following the creative disarray of Up, caused by the surprise departure of drummer, Bill Berry, REM finally started to come to terms with their status as a three-piece. Compared to its predecessor their twelfth album is a happier, sunnier document, still entranced with electronica but not afraid to return to the gentle acoustic period of Out Of Time as well.

The band obviously realised that while Up sold in good enough quantities, they were in danger of alienating their massive fanbase. While Monster had attempted to return them to the full-on rock of their more lucrative period, this time it wasn't Peter Buck who saved the day but Michael Stipe. His vocals are clear and concise, showing no debt to the muddy, blurred outpourings that had in turns added to their early mystique and frustrated anyone trying to find deeper meaning. Put simply, Reveal is full of love songs.

The biggest hit here, Imitation Of Life, successfully recreates the rush of Losing My religion; sounding utterly joyous and in love with life. Beat A drum even sees our man Stipe singing of a sexual encounter that leaves him reeling. No wonder he sounds happier... And who could resist the Gl;en Campbell-alike baritone twang of All The Way To Reno? Even Bucks and Mills' Beach Boys obsession gets another (successful) airing on Beachball. It's all like a nice warm cup of tea poured into your ears.

Overall the expanded cast of Joey Waronker on drums, as well as the Posies' Ken Stringfellow and the Young Fresh Fellows' Scott McCaughey on keyboards never clogs up the surroundings. If the band's earliest recordings always suffered from underproduction, and albums like Up and New Adventures In Hi Fi sounded too calculated and pristine to make you care, Reveal has a warmth that comes from finally being able to use all the shiny happy toys that modern technology had to offer. we could all breath a sigh of relief... --Chris Jones

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "benhammond" on 4 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
I'm one of those people who has to be doing something else while listening to music - be it reading, working, whatever. It's not often that you get an album that strikes so many chords in you with the lyrics particularly, that you have to stop what you're doing to listen to certain songs. Admittedly, this isn't REM's best album. There can be no decisive 'best' album for REM because they're all so different. However, this album does have stand-out songs, almost every one of them. "I'll take the rain" shows Michael Stipe's feelings on singing - "I used to think, as birds take wing, they sing through life, so why can't we?" as well as other meanings, obviously.
What Stipe seems to do is invoke a feeling in you that makes you think every song is delivered to you. Three REM songs stand out like this, 'Tongue' on Monster, 'Walk Unafraid' on Up, and 'I'll take the Rain' on this one. REM are unstoppable in their ability - to get through crisis after crisis and still make music this beautiful, 20 years after 'Murmur'.
In one word - outstanding.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "themixmonkey" on 1 Jan 2003
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Having ben an REM fan since I could barely spell the name I have followed with interest their rise to fame, super stardom and then begin the descent from n.o 1 band in the world to having a cult status as opposed to being evryone's favourite band of the moment. Throughout this illustrious career they have produced classic albums such as murmur, document and automatic for the people. I would have to (without a hint of bias) put reveal on this list of classic rem albums. There is the atmosphere of the experimental up mixed with the melodies of automatic for the people. Opener Lifting sets the tone for what is probably rem's most cheery album, at least from a lyrical point of view. Imitation of life is a typical rem song drivin with pete bucks jangly guitar and stipes obscure lyrics. Standout track She Just Wants to be, builds up to an explosive climax. This album whets the appetite. Go buy this album then see them live and you will begin to get a fuller picture as to why this band are one of the best in the business.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Day VINE VOICE on 5 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
You could be forgiven for noting the similarities between Up and Reveal as they are both feature mainly slow tempo yet stirring, almost chill-out numbers. However, Reveal seems to have a prominent Summer feel to it especially in blissed-out 'Summer Turns to High', the care-free 'Beat a Drum' the shining 'The Lifting' and the shimmering 'All the Way to Reno'. Also worth a mention is the song 'Beachball', which feels a little odd even for REM, but has a nice holiday-island style sound to it.
Also featuring on the album is the brilliant yet catchy 'Imitation of Life', the true to life 'She Just Wants To Be' and 'Disappear', and the sombre yet defiant 'I'll Take the Rain'.
Although a slightly unorthodox sound for the band (as they seem to be exploring just about every type of instrument, synth and sound effect possible), still one of the most moving and unique REM albums available. Words simply cannot do it justice.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 May 2001
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Up until now I was an REM virgin, having never previously owned anything of theirs before, although I loved many of their singles. After listening to Reveal, all that will change. The album kicks off with the spacey, electronic/rock of The Lifting, though the album, in my opinion, really starts to shine when I've Been High (Track 2) begins. A fragile, heartrending ballad, about coming down (not from drugs, but from life); it is a real standout. Next comes All The Way To Reno, a lightweight piece of fun, country-tinged rock. Following Reno, is She Just Wants To Be, a folkish ballad with a powerful, albeit short, repeated chorus. Disappear, a strangely uptempo, but melancholy song, follows maintaining Reveal's high standards. Next comes Saturn Return, the most experimental track on the album. Michael Stipe's beautiful voice is backed by sparse electronica and punctuated by piano and guitar chords.
With the exception of Reno and The Lifting, the album so far is quite bleak, but the mood changes on Beat A Drum, a summery, folkish tune. Imitation Of Life, Summer Turns To High and Chorus And The Ring follow, all more uptempo, and with the occasional Beach Boys influene thrown in. In my opinion, this is the weaker part of the album, but is still highly listenable.
The penultimate track is easily the highest moment of Reveal. The gorgeously sad ballad, I'll Take The Rain, rivals such REM classics as Losing My Religion, Everbody Hurts and The One I Love, with its anthemic chorus. Michael Stipe's voice sounds its fullest and richest on this track, complementing the soaring strings - pure REM class. While I'll Take The Rain would have made the perfect closer, the band opted for Beachball, a summery track, complete with horns. A happy end to a balanced and very good album. I'll be checking out the back catalogue very soon indeed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
20 years in and following on the heels of the slightly disappointing 'Up', 'Reveal' sees the Athens threesome reclaim their rightful place as the most exciting and important band in popular music.
We're fortunate still to have them - the undoubted shock caused by the loss of Bill Berry and the resultant tension during the recording of the last album could have brought it all to a halt. Thank goodness then that the band have overcome such difficulties and responded in sublime style. I confidently predict 'Reveal' will be heralded as one of the finest and most uplifting records of the decade.
The album has no weak tracks but highlights include 'Reno' (the next single?), the beautiful 'Saturn Return', and the luscious soundscape of 'I've Been High'. However the really outstanding moment is 'I'll Take The Rain'. The album's penultimate track is a gorgeous, sweeping ballad which undoubtedly takes its place alongside REM's finest ever moments.
In short 'Reveal' is an absolute delight which will appeal in equal measure to both the neutral album buyer and the REM obsessive.
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