R.E.M Live - R.E.M.
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  • Summary: The first live album for R.E.M. is a recording of the band's Dublin concert in 2005.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 80
    The CD reveals R.E.M. still have plenty of fuel to throw upon their smouldering career. [Jan 2008, p. 100]
  2. Live is as much about forward motion as the records singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills have made since Berry left in 1997.
  3. We're treated to none-too-shabby performances of the obvious lighter-wavers as well as several lesser-known wonders, including a rocked-up take on 'Green' favourite 'Orange Crush' and an airing of the sublime 'Cuyahoga' from underrated 1986 release 'Life's Rich Pageant.'
  4. A solid enough set from the Around the Sun tour but not particularly revelatory, it’s exactly what one would expect from a late-period R.E.M. live album, with no surprises in performance or setlist.
  5. Fans of the frenzied early R.E.M. rock & roll will find this too anthemic--but this big, big sound on R.E.M. Live speaks to the band's core strengths in a way no post-Bill Berry studio album does.
  6. 60
    It's reliably beautiful, if staid. [Dec 2007, p.124]
  7. Unless you’re a diehard fan, wait for their new album in the spring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Aug 31, 2012
    9
    R.E.M. have always been a great live band, and the Around the Sun songs cannot change this. They also sounds better in this live performance, and the old hits are still great, especially Man on the Moon and Orange Crush. Michael's voice is not very clean anymore, but it sounds great during I Took Your Name.
    R.E.M. live is an excelent release. If there were less Around The Sun tracks it would 10/10.
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  2. BertEcho
    Oct 31, 2007
    8
    R.E.M. has suffered an identity crisis of sorts with the subpar Reveal and Around The Sun. However, this live album shows that R.E.M. is as powerful live as ever. Even songs from the last two albums come alive, free from studio tentativeness and overproduction. Expand
  3. Jesse
    Nov 5, 2007
    8
    it's a pretty good time. i could do without some of the newer stuff but the dvd sound is great, and the old songs still sound as good as they did when i was growing up. Expand
  4. RLB
    Nov 3, 2007
    4
    Why a live CD now, and why another DVD? "Road Movie" and "Perfect Square" satisfied my requirement for live REM many times over! And there's nothing monumental here, the best selections being the ones originally out before '87. Expand
  5. ToddW.
    Oct 31, 2007
    2
    This one hurts. R.E.M. is my favorite band of the last 25-plus years, and to hear an unadulterated piece of crap live album like this when they've got so much more to offer is a shame. Both on me and on them. They've never really released a proper live album, and to come out with an offering that extols their latter day work is either telling their fans that they really don't care or it's a holiday rush job from their management. Either way, it stinks. They could have really done something radical with a live album - after all, they've got almost 30 years of shows in the can - but they choose the easy way out. I kept hoping all of the rock-n-roll prognosticators who foretold the death knell of this once great American band were wrong. With this, I feel they've got their finger on R.E.M.'s pulse. And it's weak. Expand