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Around the Sun, R.E.M.

Around the Sun – R.E.M.

October 4th, 2004

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iTunes Price: $9.99

Genre: Alternative

Released: Oct 04, 2004

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(87 Ratings)

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Around the Sun – R.E.M.

NameArtistTimePrice
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Leaving New YorkR.E.M.4:49$0.99
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Electron BlueR.E.M.4:12$0.99
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The OutsidersR.E.M. & Q-Tip4:13$0.99
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Make It All OKR.E.M.3:42$0.99
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Final StrawR.E.M.4:06$0.99
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I Wanted to Be WrongR.E.M.4:34$0.99
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Wander LustR.E.M.3:03$0.99
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The Boy In the WellR.E.M.5:22$0.99
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AftermathR.E.M.3:52$0.99
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High Speed TrainR.E.M.5:03$0.99
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The Worst Joke EverR.E.M.3:36$0.99
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The Ascent of ManR.E.M.4:07$0.99
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Around the SunR.E.M.4:28$0.99

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Our Review

R.E.M. once suggested they would not continue as a group if one of its original members decided to quit. Health concerns and other passions led drummer Bill Berry to leave his drummer seat, but the remaining members sought to fulfill their musical destiny with quieter results. They’d never been a particularly loud or heavy rock band, so the shift towards reflective ballads and songs longer on texture than groove doesn’t sound like anything more than an older band maturing into its advanced, wiser ways. R.E.M. rarely composed with grand concepts in mind. The band’s strength has been the small, illuminating moment where the instruments coalesce into a dream-like weave as they do here as the title track sweetly resolves. “The Outsiders,” with a guest spot from rapper Q-Tip, adds a touch of syncopated rhythm, however, it’s the hazy shuffle of “Leaving New York,” the piano-led “Make It All OK” and the mild pop shimmer of “Aftermath” and “Wander Lust” that represent the band’s usual abilities if not the full strength of its usual inspirations.

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Customer Reviews

An REM album, through and through (4 stars)
This is an outstanding record, but unless you're an REM fan—one who liked Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, and Lifes' Rich Pageant, rather than just Green, Out of Time, Automatic for the People, and Monster—you won't appreciate this album AS AN REM ALBUM. It's a nice fit with the rest of their catalog, but it doesn't sound like "Losing My Religion." Each REM album brings a new twist. Sometimes it's a new instrument (l

Around The Sun (4 stars)
Not among R.E.M.'s best albums, but it is very good. Gentler than their earlier albums such as Document, Murmurs, or Life’s Rich Pageant. Leaving New York has a very wonderful tune, as well as lyrics. The Outsiders is another fantastic song on this album, except for the bizarre rap at the end (when I saw them live, Michael rapped that part, it was very funny). The title song, Around the Sun is very nice easy listening, I think it may have

Different enough to be the same (4 stars)
It's nice that R.E.M. is able to shift their focus and style just a little bit each album, keeping everything fresh and yet still very much the same. Like every R.E.M. album to date I thought "Eh, whatever" and then later started to really appreciate it for what it was. One solid album. If you aren't sure about this one, wait a month or so and then look at it again.

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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