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  • Summary: The legendary band's pivotal album is remastered and reissued since it's 1986 release--complete with a bonus disc of demos.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Twenty-five years ago, Lifes Rich Pageant found R.E.M. metamorphosing from what was effectively a turbo-charged folk-rock cult indie outfit into a proper rock band capable of filling stadia.
  2. Jul 28, 2011
    100
    R.E.M. were already walking head and shoulders taller than most by now, but Life's Rich Pageant was nevertheless a startlingly great leap forward. [Aug 2011, p.102]
  3. Jul 15, 2011
    90
    Life's Rich Pageant serves as both a guidepost for how R.E.M. moved in an arena-sized direction and as another extraordinary album in the band's uninterrupted run of true greatness that spanned between Murmur and Automatic for the People.
  4. Aug 3, 2011
    90
    Taken as a whole, the two-CD incarnation of Life's Rich Pageant makes a case for the album taking its rightful place alongside such obvious classics as Murmur and Out of Time.
  5. Jul 15, 2011
    88
    It's both epilogue and prologue, yet these songs retain their own specific flavor, as R.E.M. map the borders between small clubs and large venues, between underground and mainstream, between rhythm and melody, between outrage and hope. That in-between quality still sounds invigorating so many years later.
  6. Aug 9, 2011
    80
    Before stardom, they stopped off to reinvent guitar rock. [Aug. 2011, p. 128]
  7. Jul 15, 2011
    70
    Although it shines a giant and unmistakable signal toward the direct and poppy approach the band would undertake on their next few albums, Pageant still retains the mumbles of Murmur, the jangles of Reckoning, and the rustic tones of Fables of the Reconstruction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 15, 2011
    10
    I assume this is showing up under "Current Music Releases" for some kind of re-release. It doesn't matter to me, I always thought this was a great band finding its accessibility stride. From Begin the Begin through Swan Swan H and culminating in Superman there isn't a single misstep. Simply a classic. Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2012
    10
    Quite simply one of R.E.M.'s best albums. It is here and only here that the band has the commercial style of 1987's Document while still retaining the raw energy of earlier albums such as Chronic Town and Murmur. This is a perfect album with no bad tracks. The best song here is probably "Fall On Me." The only R.E.M. albums I would recommend more are 1983's Murmur and 1992's Automatic For The People. Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2012
    9
    That's music! And R.E.M. have done also much better during their career. It's the best of the I.R.S. years, after Murmur. There are many wonderful songs, and Cuyahoga and Fall On Me are especially great. After Life's Rich Pageant teir sound begins to change album after album, so I think it's the one of the last with R.E.M.'s original sound. Don't miss it! Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2011
    8
    Not a bad track on the album a true R.E.M. classic. Begin the Begin, These Days, Fall On Me, I believe and just a touch make this an instant purchase! - FOR THOSE WONDERING ABOUT THE REMASTERING QUALITY - Yes you can tell the difference, the sound is more crisp and the vocal sharper. I have not listened to the bonus stuff much as yet, but you prolly already know if you like that sort of thing. For me the remastered regular album was enough. Great Album. Expand
  5. Apr 6, 2012
    8
    Vintage early R.E.M and this has some of their best work (The wonderful Fall On Me and Cuyahoga are on it). They went on to produce much better records than this but this is probably their first really great album. It's the sound of a young and exciting band and I think this was the record where they seemed to discover their unmistakable style here, that match of quality tunes and great lyrics. Expand
  6. Sep 24, 2011
    8
    its a album from the period rem was awesome.But its not the pivotal album really.But this is very very good some great tracks and brings forth a lot of great memories,absolutely love it Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2011
    5
    REM's "pivotal" album???? Absolute hogwash.
    I love REM but this is one of their weakest. There are a couple of great tracks, up to par with
    tracks on their best albums, Murmur, Out of Time, Automatic for the People, but this one is not a gem. Lots of dear michael sounding decidedly rockish and losing his emotion, er, his religion. Expand

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