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  • Artist(s): Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck
  • Summary: Originally released as a Record Store Day vinyl exclusive, the two-disc release features the complete performances from R.E.M.'s appearances on MTV Unplugged in 1991 and 2001, including 11 tracks not shown on television.
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  • Record Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Jangle Pop, College Rock
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  1. 90
    Though these songs cry out for DVD treatment, this audio-only collection is still an unparalleled document.
  2. May 22, 2014
    80
    This set of 33 songs, 11 of which never aired, revisits both [MTV Unplugged] sessions, boiling their magical greatness down to two base elements: achingly sugared melodies and Michael Stipe's potent voice, in all its deep grain, swooning vibrato and radiant empathy.
  3. Jul 1, 2014
    80
    All in all, a stellar mix of tracks, performed exquisitely and, in light of their split in 2011, now with added poignancy.
  4. May 22, 2014
    70
    In less words, a 31-track collection that only sometimes shows the greatness of what was once a great band.
  5. May 22, 2014
    70
    Unplugged is another in a very long line of R.E.M. live releases you wouldn’t exactly call essential, if only because they set the bar so high with their concert films Tour Film and Road Movie. But things don’t have to be essential to be worth owning.
  6. Jul 10, 2014
    65
    This is a snapshot of a band riding the wave then watching as the tide rolls away again. Somewhere in between they were the biggest band in the world.
  7. May 30, 2014
    60
    Hardly essential, then, but Unplugged is a fans-pleasing release that serves as a reminder that songs with great longevity needn’t always be played loudly.

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