Reveal - R.E.M.
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Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 41 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43

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  1. Apr 5, 2012
    Another great album to add to the R.E.M collection. I think this is a really underrated album and although it doesn't have too many classic tracks on it, as a whole it is as good as any other R.E.M record released post 92. All the tracks have a cohesion about them where they all fit together. The production suits the material and there is some brilliant song writing on it. Beat a Drum, The Lifting, Chorus and The Ring are all some of the more upbeat tracks they've put out. Beneath the surface, it's a summer album full of sunshine. Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2012
    After the mixed reaction to 1998's "Up," R.E.M. decided to return to a more organic sound while still retaining some of the synthesizers heard on the previous album. The result is an album that tries very hard to appeal to both old and new fans. Some songs such as "She Just Wants To Be," "Chorus and The Ring," and "I'll Take The Rain" have a similar sound to the "Out Of Time" and "Automatic" eras. Other songs like "The Lifting," "All The Way To Reno," and "Saturn Return" all are of the same style as "Up." In the end, you will like this album if you can appreciate R.E.M. trying to combine the styles of "Automatic" and "Up." However, this album is weaker than both of those. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2014
    After having listened to Reveal many many times, I can finally say it is very good, better than Up, returning to a more classic sound. Many interesting songs, like Imitation of Life (great), and good feeling.
  4. Aug 17, 2013
    One of best REM records in Warner's era. (In a 2nd row with Up, Monster and New Adventures after AFTP and OOT). Great BeachBoys tribute! Imitation of Life classic!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
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  1. 'Reveal' sees REM exhale, relax and ease into a new confidence with a collection of songs to fill your heart. Every track here sifts with a live energy that was previously polished out of 'Up', and they sound all the better for it.
  2. It's a landmark album for REM and the fans who stayed faithful, a shot in the arm for music in 2001 and - unless they're too foolish to accept it - a long-awaited treat for all the listeners who bailed out after Monster.
  3. Reveal is billed as the band's return to form, and mostly it is.... But like 'Up,' much of 'Reveal' is haunted by an ennui that's curious for a band that made their name by talking about the passion. [18 May 2001, p.79]