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Nightswimming with the Man on the Moon,
This review is from: In Time: The Best of REM 1988 - 2003 (Audio CD)
REM's long-awaited 'Best of' album is a must for anyone new to the band. It combines universally acclaimed tracks like 'losing my religion' and 'everybody hurts' with some of the lesser known but equally impressive numbers such as 'e-bow the letter' and 'orange crush'.
For die hard REM fans however, most of the songs here will feel slighlty overplayed and stale...unless you happen upon the magnificent special edition with the enhanced 'rarities and b-sides' supplement as I did. Most of the tracks on the main LP are understandably from the post 1990 era but disc 2 offers some fantastic reworked songs dating back to the early 80's, culminating in a painstakingly beautiful live version of 'Country Feedback' (in my opinion one of the best songs ever written).
Unsurprisingly after 20 years of unrivalled and unparralled rock songs, REM's 'In Time' sparked much debate as to which songs would actually appear on the album. With the exception of the new track 'Animal' I wouldn't argue with the choices made by the band, but this band has produced so many quality tracks you could almost release a 4CD collection - now that would be a driving album!!!
Fans of some of the early work should try to pick up any albums missing from your collection (Life's Rich Paegeant is not to be missed) - most stores are selling them off for a fiver - criminal! I would've like to have seen 'Find the River', 'So fast so numb' and 'starnge currencies' make an appearance on 'In Time' but I can't complain, I can listen to them whenever I like.
If this album serves to achieve anything new it is to answer the much fought question of greatness: U2 or REM? Sorry Bono, but'In time' blows the Irish band's 'Best Of' right out of the water.