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4.0 out of 5 stars
Reveal, 3 Dec 2002
R.E.M. have made many great albums, their best being Automatic For The People, a classic album which will remain a landmark in music history, a testimony to their unique musical talent.
I think Reveal is one of the most difficult records to get into, it's tunes don't instantly stand out. It's difficult to recall the titles of the tracks. I purchased this album when it was first released, and for a long period of time I was dissapointed by it. It seemed quite dull at times.
Having played Reveal more and more, I finally began to see the true beauty of this album. With the exception of some of the more up-tempo tracks like the single "Imitation of Life", things can sound sombre at times. Lyrically this album is one of their strongest to date, the lyrics are included in the inlay which is a nice treat. Michael Stipes unique voice is sometimes difficult to understand.
Reveal is a slow building gem, given a chance this album has a number of beautiful tracks, Michael Stipe conjures up emotional, thought provoking lyrics and the music is superb, ever atmospheric with dark and uplifting bouts.
"I've Been High", "Disappear" and "I'll Take The Rain" are all wonderful. A very good album.
Difficult to get into, but the effort of repeated listening is worth it, play it again and give it another try.