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Out of Time is actually R.E.M.’s most timely album. Released in 1991 as the alternative music scene was securely scoring mainstream commercial success with sounds that were both steeped in rock tradition and enriched by pop music accents, Out of Time is among R.E.M.’s most vibrant records. It contains several of their finest songs, from the well-known hit “Losing My Religion” to the subtle shades of the obscure album cut “Country Feedback.” Michael Stipe’s voice is brought further up in the mix, with indisputable clarity replacing what was once a hushed mumble. But it’s the instrumentation that dominates the soundscreen, from the chiming mandolins to the trilling harpsichords and organs floating throughout. This is '80s college rock expanding into the new decade with an excited experimentalism. Kate Pierson of The B-52's strongly steers the sublime hit single “Shiny Happy People” and turns in a credible country duet for “Me in Honey.” KRS-One’s guest appearance on “Radio Song” sparks the band to jam out, while string arrangements add depth and glamour to “Low” and “Near Wild Heaven.” A career high point.

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Los Beatles Americanos de los 80

Resulta un álbum indispensable... R.E.M. Definió el sonido de lo que luego inspiró el grudge... Desde el POP... Por eso son únicos. Como los Beatles... Si no lo tienes, cómpralo.


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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Out of Time, R.E.M.
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, College Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Mar 12, 1991

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