Around The Sun

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. Lifeless, as if the air had been sucked from the band's lungs.
  2. Repeated plays just refuse to reveal hidden depths. There aren‘t any. “Around The Sun” is just a really poor album, probably the first one that this band has ever put out.
  3. Filter
    20
    Weak poetry set to any music sucks, let alone this plodding folk-lite. [#13, p.90]
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 72
  2. Negative: 11 out of 72
  1. Aug 30, 2012
    7
    Around The Sun is NOT Sh*t. OK, that's the worst album R.E.M. have ever made, but it's not so horrible as people says. The problem is the limpAround The Sun is NOT Sh*t. OK, that's the worst album R.E.M. have ever made, but it's not so horrible as people says. The problem is the limp sound, but the songs are ok. Leaving New York and Aftermath are very good, and there other songs that don't sound bad (Electron Blue, Final Straw, ecc.)
    Always better than that garbage we must listen now.
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  2. Apr 5, 2012
    7
    I'm a massive R.E.M fan and have to say this record was a real let down. I know Reveal got a lukewarm reception in some quarters but I thoughtI'm a massive R.E.M fan and have to say this record was a real let down. I know Reveal got a lukewarm reception in some quarters but I thought it was quite good, albeit not up with their absolute best work. Around the Sun however is the sound of a band that seem bored with themselves and what they do. It lacks energy and imagination and in too many places its just boring and bland. I'm still going to give it a 7 though as I do think the fact that it was brought out by a band of R.E.M's stature goes against the album. There are some good songs on it - "Leaving New York", "High Speed Train" and the title track are all very good and there are plenty of tracks on here that when heard played live by the band sound a lot more vibrant. It's definitely a record I feel came across better when it was played live which would suggest the production just wasn't up to scratch. Full Review »
  3. May 29, 2017
    3
    I loved ''Leaving New York'' and so bought this. I soon wished I hadn't...
    As an avid REM fan, I was hugely disappointed by this. This is
    I loved ''Leaving New York'' and so bought this. I soon wished I hadn't...
    As an avid REM fan, I was hugely disappointed by this. This is undoubtedly the lowest moment of their musical career. All of the Stipe-Esque lyrical style is there, but much of the lyrics seem to make little sense; perhaps only to the band themselves. They sound like Stipe wrote them whilst drunk.
    Musically, the album does little better. There are a few brighter moments - Leaving New York, the Outsiders and Final Score being among them, though they are hardly true classics.
    Even the Outsiders is ruined by a dreadful rap from Q-Tip (heard of him? me neither...) which has been inserted towards the end of an otherwise perfect and atmospheric tune.
    Other than these songs, the rest of the album really is a bore; full of plodding, slow paced and poorly written material.
    Avoid this at all costs, even if you're an avid REM fan...
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