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5.0 out of 5 stars The Same but Different, 14 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Up (U.S. Version) (Audio CD)
Up has recieved a fair amount of bad press since its release in 1998. Creating a viable follow up to the stripped, harsh tones of 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi without recently estranged drummer Bill Berry was a delicate task, and R.E.M. responded by creating a album of something very akin to electronica, albeit with the adition of strings, quiet jangle guitars and Stipes slow, impassioned vocals. As a turn around it was very similar to that taken by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins in the same year, with his Adore album. And it works (in both cases). The eerie opening track Aiportman, with its muffled vocals and bare harmonies smacks us in tha face, crying - "we've moved on - don't expect more Wake-Up Bombs!". Suspicion, At Your Most Beautiful and Sad Professor are finely crafted paeans to disturbed love and lust, whereas Hope is a lo-fi chunk of quickly delivered abstract poetry. Single Daysleeper is unique on this album as a slice of Classic R.E.M, with the overall feeling of the album injected into the tried and tested formula. Ending on an emotional high with Falls to Climb (possibly the strongest performance present on this disc), Up is one of the bands most peculiar, uplifting and simply brilliant albums since the heady days of Life's Rich Pageant and Document. Highly, highly recommended.
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