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Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage (1982-2011)

R.E.M.

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Taken together, these 40 tracks make the case for how this massively gifted quartet from Athens, Ga., changed rock history while retaining its quirky edge. R.E.M.’s early years as indie trendsetters are well-represented by such tracks as “Radio Free Europe,” “Fall on Me,” and “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine).” Mega-hits like “The One I Love,” “Orange Crush,” and “Losing My Religion” document a band embracing fame as it expanded its sonic palette. Key songs from the post–Bill Berry era (especially “At My Most Beautiful” and “Living Well Is the Best Revenge”) reflect R.E.M.’s creative ambition in the face of new challenges. Rounding out this collection are three new tunes: “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” (a yearning, elegant number with soft-rock overtones), “Hallelujah” (grand, string-draped, and overtly spiritual), and “A Month of Saturdays” (a playful return to the band’s garage-rock roots). From jangle rock to orchestrated pop, this compilation hits all the high points and rediscovers some neglected tunes even longtime fans may have missed.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant music over a long period time. So many differing types of songs and so many classics

A true must for even the casual REM fans.

A fitting finale?

Whilst this retrospective is of course 5 star, it just doesn't do real justice to R.E.M.'s 31 year output (only one track from 'Up' and 'Around The Sun'? for example). To do real justice would require something like the often talked about (but never materialized) boxed set of rarities, outtakes and complete singles.

I'm also disappointed that for their 'final' album, R.E.M. have resorted to a rather cheap marketing tactic: that is that even if you own their entire back catalogue as I do, you would buy this because of the three 'new' tracks (of which only 'We All Go Back To Where We Belong' is of any real note incidentally).

Would I be cynical to suggest that this won't be the last 'retrospective', 'Best Of' we will see?

Thankfully the 3 new tracks aren't 'album only' if you have the rest just buy these.

Thankfully the 3 new tracks aren't 'album only' if you have the rest just buy these.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional...
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