label: warner bros.
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
naldrett - uk correspondent
If you stack
up all the previous REM albums youll find that, unlike the
monotony of many bands, they will gloriously reflect the fads
and phases that they have gone through over their three decade
history. From the garage beginnings of Murmur through to
the homesickness of Fables of the Reconstruction, the hit
factories of Out of Time and Automatic For The People,
the punk era of Monster and the experimentation of Up
after drummer Bill Berry left the band.
yet to be an REM album that has flopped, and Reveal is
no exception. The theme of the new CD shows a definite return
to the melodic days of Automatic For The People, and like
its predecessor it will spawn a string of hit singles, starting
with the catchy but shallow "Imitation of Life." Much
better bets for the future are the groovy retro feel of "All
The Way To Reno" (Youre Gonna Be A Star) and the haunting
chorus of "She Just Wants To Be".
cant touch Automatic, a CD which is an easy contender
for the best album of all time, Reveal is leaning towards
that more gentle, less in-your-face song that is easier to sing
along to. If Monster and New Adventures in Hi-Fi
was REM at the coal face, this is REM on the shores of Loch Lomond,
and delightful it is too.
written as Michael Stipe showed tendencies to take off around
the world on word-hunting trips, there is a high altitude feel
to Reveal as well. Even so, Stipe seems less at home grappling
with the high notes of "Saturn Return" and it would
have been nice to hear more harmonies from Mike Mills, maybe a
track with guitars blazing, but we musnt complain. REM albums
are something that can be relied upon to deliver quality music,
and the longer we are able to keep stacking them up the better.
May they reach the ceiling!
2. I've Been High
3. All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)
4. She Just Wants to Be
6. Saturn Return
7. Beat a Drum
8. Imitation of Life
9. Summer Turns to High
and the Ring
11. I'll Take the Rain