Chances are you won't know most of the songs on this album, if, like me, you first heard of REM around the Green/Out of Time years. In fact, the only ones I'd heard of were The One I Love and It's The End Of The World As We Know It. If you're the same, don't let that put you off though as this album is full of incredibly beautiful songs that will introduce a whole new side to the band.
I wasn't too keen on this album at first, but soon the tunes started to grow on me, and now this CD rarely leaves my stereo. From the early mumblings of Radio Free Europe and Perfect Circle to the truely amazing Fall On Me and Cuyahoga, it's impossible not to fall in love with this collection.
It's a shame that recently the band have lost their way, so instead of buying Reveal or Around The World, invest in this and some of their earlier albums (especially Murmur) as you won't be disappointed.