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By A Customer
This review is from: Up (U.S. Version) (Audio CD)
Wow. This the kind of album that you'll listen to once and you'll go back to it again and again. Okay, it doesn't grab your attention form the word go like the rock ballad Monster, or offer as much diversity of emotions and ideas as New adventures in Hi Fi, but Up comes across as a steady trickel of emotional values. Up isn't as forthcoming as most REM records, in fact it's quite bashful, probably oweing to Berry's Departure from the band. But that is this Lp's greatest attribute. Stipe is singing in his least cryptic style ever, best shown in his most open love song to date, At my most beautiful. A kind of sadness perimates the whole album, again possibly due to Berry, best heard in Daysleeper and Falls to climb. This is possibly R.E.M.'s most thought provoking album to date, second only to Automatic for the people and Out of time. Buy it up.