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R.E.M. turn the Guitar amps right up to mixed results.,
This review is from: Monster (Audio CD)
Following up an album like Automatic for the People was always going to be hard, so instead of releasing an Automatic for the Peopl Vol.2, they decided to release a 'Guitar' album, while Automatic was full of String Arrangements, this albums sees Peter Buck turning his Amp up full blast and showing the world how talented a guitarist he is. One of the main problems with Monster is that it is very inconsistent, some great songs and some absolute stinkers, most of the songs sound the same and it doesn't have the same effect on the listener that Automatic for the people had, while there are some great songs like 'What's the Frequency,Kenneth?, 'Star 69', 'Let Me In' and 'Strange currencies', there are some very poor songs like 'King of Comedy, 'Circus Envy' and 'I Don't Sleep,I Dream'. These poor songs ruin the flow of what could've been a really good album , some of the songs are great and it is different than any other albums they had released, but maybe despite the change, they should've carried on releasing Automatic for the people like albums.
Key Tracks:What's the Frequency Kenneth?, Crush with Eyeliner,Star 69, Let Me In,Strange currencies
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