R.E.M Live - R.E.M.
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

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  1. Aug 31, 2012
    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. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. Attention does seem to wander during some of the post-millennial songs, and the insistent clapping on the wrong beat during 'Drive' is irritating, but the crowd's love is audible and the band more than earns the affection.
  3. Taken as a whole package though, R.E.M. Live is a flawed but respectable enough addition to the canon of three men who can still conjure up a bit of magic, albeit in spite of themselves.