R.E.M. - Really?
All the chatter regarding the new album has been centered on a "return to form" whatever that means. I've felt all along that they never fully recovered from the loss of Bill Berry as an integral part of the band, and that's not just because I play the drums. Berry brought a lot more to the table musically than most people realize. That being said, this is a pretty damn good "album" ... but there will never be another "Murmur" from R.E.M., nor should there be.
I think this song from 2004 stands up with anything the band ever recorded.
And this one from the start of the Decade is also a favorite...
3/10/2011 12:42:28 pm
I hate when critics or the record companies push an established artist's new album as a "return to form". They do that with every Elton John, Paul McCartney, Metallica and now REM record. Can't these people accept that every artist produces differently and as years go by their viewpoints change? Isn't it good The Beatles didn't "return to form"? They would say: "Abbey Road stinks, why don't they play songs like "She Loves You" anymore?" It would be silly. Why are these artists always compared to what they produced 20-40 years ago? It's not fair. And one more thing, I agree with your opinion on "The Boy In The Well", great song (and so is "Leaving New York").
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