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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

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  1. Apr 5, 2012
    9
    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,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. Jan 2, 2014
    9
    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.
  3. Mar 16, 2015
    9
    I will always think of this album as part of a pair--what "Up" did with the cool, austere tones of autumn and winter, "Reveal" does with the heady, humid tones of summertime and air-conditioning. Both albums excel at lulling the listener into a dreaminess. Lyrically, however, Stipe has rarely been finer than on "Reveal"--standout tracks in that department include "The Lifting", "SaturnI will always think of this album as part of a pair--what "Up" did with the cool, austere tones of autumn and winter, "Reveal" does with the heady, humid tones of summertime and air-conditioning. Both albums excel at lulling the listener into a dreaminess. Lyrically, however, Stipe has rarely been finer than on "Reveal"--standout tracks in that department include "The Lifting", "Saturn Return", and " "Beat A Drum".

    With "Up" and "Reveal" R.E.M. did an outstanding job of reinventing themselves after the departure of Bill Berry. Both albums are worth acquiring and spending long hours getting lost in--at least during the right time of year.
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76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  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]