Reveal - R.E.M.
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  • Summary: 'Reveal,' the Athens, GA band's 12th full-length album, marks the 20-year anniversary of the group. Operating as a trio for the second consecutive outing, R.E.M. offer up 12 new tracks, mainly of the mid-tempo acoustic guitar and keyboard variety. Guests include Joey Waronker, Ken'Reveal,' the Athens, GA band's 12th full-length album, marks the 20-year anniversary of the group. Operating as a trio for the second consecutive outing, R.E.M. offer up 12 new tracks, mainly of the mid-tempo acoustic guitar and keyboard variety. Guests include Joey Waronker, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies), and Scott McCaughey (The Young Fresh Fellows). Collapse
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  1. 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.
  2. For all its daring, Reveal still ranks among the group's most instantly winning albums, the kind whose poppiest pleasures, like "All The Way To Reno (You're Going To Be A Star)" and the single "Imitation Of Life," eventually fade into the album's overall beauty.
  3. Whilst this comes closer to 'Out Of Time' than anything else they've done, it never once sounds dated.
  4. 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]
  5. 70
    Unlike U2, whose left turns have felt like oblique strategies in the band's pompous struggle to redeem rock, R.E.M.'s stylistic shifts tend to feel like survival skills. Vaguely psychedelic, filled with hazy shades of woo or whatever, much of Reveal moves with the graceful drag of 1985's Fables of the Reconstruction, yet with more ebb and flux. [June 2001, p.143]
  6. On the plus side, the album sounds really nice.... The problem is, things get a little too lazy and hazy; Reveal's 12 tracks all move with almost the exact same dreamy, midtempo lope.
  7. 40
    'Up' sounded like the work of a band getting its bearings. On 'Reveal,' they're still finding their way. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.110]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. HenryG
    Apr 29, 2008
    10
    Atrocious for an artist of her calibre. So dissapointing. 2, maybe 3 decent tracks tops. I love her too.
  2. DanielE
    Nov 25, 2003
    10
    I was going through a break up at the time and this album struck a very heavy note with me as it related to what I was going through. Every I was going through a break up at the time and this album struck a very heavy note with me as it related to what I was going through. Every song seemed to mirror my own situation. Michael Stipes voice and lyrics are to be commended. I would go as far as to say that this was their best album in many years. Expand
  3. C.S.Reed
    Feb 12, 2006
    10
    a collection of torpid songs that taste like summer afternoon
  4. MadsM.
    Sep 30, 2001
    9
    One more great album from REM, they still rock.
  5. 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 classicAnother 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
  6. Apr 14, 2012
    8
    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 heardAfter 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
  7. shakermaker
    Aug 16, 2001
    4
    they always sound the same after all these years it's gettin boring

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