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Dream Dream Away

A beautiful rendition of the classic Lennon piece. It's a bit difficult to take a song so strongly connected to its author and make your own mark. Wisely, Stipe avoids attempting to clone Lennon's dreamlike vocal and instead provides a lead that is restrained with some very thoughtful phrasing. As on the original, the instrumental backing is a pretty simple tune, there to laydown the mood of the dream. This was always one of my favorite Lennon songs, for which to listen while drifting away. REM was, hands-down, my favorite band while in college in the early 80's. I couldn't be happier to hear them cover this number. As icing on the cake, we get to once again hear some fills from Bill's drums. There can be magic in the air.

Blasphemy! Hypocrite!

REM covering a Beatle? This is the same band that has no respect for The Beatles, or anything any Beatle did in their solo career. Stipe said that not only were they overrated as a group and as individuals, but that not one of them had a drop of talent. After that interview, I stopped listening to REM and sold all my albums. I suggest you do the same.

#10 Dream - Bill Berry is Back

When I heard this for the first time on the radio the other day, I thought that REM sounded reinvigorated compared to the relative lifelessness of their last two records. Turns out it's their first recording with erstwhile drummer Bill Berry since his departure in 1997. Band chemistry can't be faked - even though it is mellow like much of their recent work, it does have that certain something that has made REM so special for so long. Please Bill, record with your bandmates again. No one's asking you to tour — or even do photo shoots. But the music needs you. Also, this is a great song by Lennon, and a very interesting choice by the band - the song's dreamlike quality meshes nicely with our friends from Athens.


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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