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bout time too.............,
This review is from: In Time: The Best of REM 1988 - 2003 (Audio CD)Having had the pleasure to see them perform a near on greatest hits set at glastonbury this summer the chance to hear them all on one cd is an opportunity too good to turn down. New single 'bad day' fits in nicely though easily dwarfed in class by absolute classics 'losing my religion', 'man on the moon' and 'everybody hurts'.
Unsurprisingly 'shiny happy people' doesnt make an appearance but golden oldies 'stand' and 'orange crush' make the cut which makes for good listening. 'Imitation of life' and 'reno', both from gracefully received last album 'reveal' demonstrate the high standards R.E.M keep performing to.
Its great to see songs like 'E-bow the letter' and 'Electrolite' make it despite 'new adventures' not being as commercially accepted as previous albums such as 'automatic for the people' and 'out of time'. It gives great depth to the album and portrays all sides to R.E.M shown throughout their career.
Beautiful in places ('nightswimming'), rocking in places ('whats the freq...') and damm right catchy in others ('great beyond') it makes you question whether there lies an R.E.M song that anyone cant like. 'strange currencies' and 'drive' are definately missed but you cant have everything in life and there certainly isn't many bad tracks on this 'best of'!