5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An album of easy bliss,
This review is from: Reveal (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.