Up (twenty fifth Anniversary Version)
Feb 12, 2024
Over the previous decade or so, all of R.E.M.’s Warner Brothers period albums (which spanned from 1988’s Inexperienced to their swan music, 2011’s Collapse Into Now) have been reissued, sometimes in chronological order. This 1998 traditional, nonetheless, was saved for final and although I’m undecided why, I do know they positively saved one of the best for final. Sure, you learn that appropriately. I feel this album is maybe their easiest, or if not, at the least tied with Lifes Wealthy Pageant (my favourite of the unimaginable 1982-1987 I.R.S. period), although on the time it confused me a bit. Over the past 25 years, its stature (and its fanbase) has grown, although general, it’s nonetheless a criminally underrated and underappreciated album of their catalog. That mentioned, it was certainly one of their most profitable albums internationally (particularly in Europe), so on this case, the Individuals didn’t know what the Europeans perceive.
After the lack of founding member and unique drummer Invoice Berry, R.E.M. retreated and made the final “rock” album of their profession as much as that time, very audibly sonically extra taken with late ’90s indie rock stalwarts like Stereolab, their tourmates Radiohead (whose producer Nigel Godrich labored on this album), Tortoise and the remainder of the Thrill Jockey catalog, and so forth. That is no mere copy nor an occasion of a serious label group of world superstars aping extra underground sounds, however fairly of an awesome band redefining their complete aesthetic and making a masterwork within the course of whereas being conscious of what was taking place round them.
The Seashore Boys affect that began with songs such because the instrumental “Endgame” or “Close to Wild Heaven” (each from 1991’s smash diamond-seller Out of Time) comes into full flower right here on “At My Most Lovely,” however that’s hardly the one “stunning” second on right here. The lead single “Daysleeper” is one other standout right here, as is the Leonard Cohen referencing “Hope” (the reference to “Matthew” is just not a reference to murdered Wyoming pupil Matthew Shepard) and “Stroll Unafraid,” maybe the closest this album will get to their mid ’90s sound.
The vinyl is lovingly remastered by Kevin Grey and like the unique, it’s a double LP that doesn’t include a gatefold. The 2-CD model additionally has a bonus disc containing their stay set from the set of the TV present Get together of 5. (www.remhq.com)
Creator score: 8.5/10