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Monster [CD]

R.E.M.Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: September 27, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MU3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,365 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The guitars got cranked up-and fans got amped up when they heard this 1994 album, sending it to #1. Their most rockin' album of the era includes the hits What's the Frequency, Kenneth?; Bang and Blame; Strange Currencies , and more.

R.E.M. pushed the jangle out of the picture with Monster, replacing it with reverberating snaps, crackles, and pops. An album that wraps itself to '70s glam finery while reaching out to the flannel-clad post-Nirvana throngs, it largely succeeds at demonstrating that these Georgians still know how to rock. The MTV fave "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" kicks things off on a high note as Peter Buck's distorted power chords set the tone for the 12-song set. "Strange Currencies" may be alarmingly reminiscent of the Automatic for the People hit "Everybody Hurts," but it's actually the superior song. "Let Me In" is a heavily distorted nod to the fallen Kurt Cobain. While Monster is far from R.E.M.'s most consistent effort, it stands as a ragged and risky respite from safe and sound alterna-rock. --Steven Stolder

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best record you'll ever see in a bargian bin May 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was walking through the used-record shop and was disgusted to find several copies of Monster. Why did so many people give this tantalizing rock record away? Perhaps because it doesn't offer the mainstream chamber-folk that hooked them on Automatic, or the jangle-pop that 80's purists want still more of. Monster is NOT the shallow, failed attempt at grunge that many of these crazy reviewers would have you believe. It's still got more musical scope than Automatic and its songs range from wild rockouts to fuzzy ballads. The beautiful, shimerring "Strange Currencies" is what the plodding "Everybody Hurts" should've been. "Circus Envy", "Star 69", and "What's the Freq.." are also standout cuts. A few of the more experimental tracks seem half-formed, but none are annoying. Awash in feedback and pulsing with creativity, Monster is as unique as any REM album. Delete your "What's the Frequency, Kenneth" mp3 and buy the whole album, 'cause it's far more than the slip-up, sellout record these fools would have you believe.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster In A Jewel Box September 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't normally write reviews for discs as over-reviewed as this one (109 reviews and counting), but I thought I might be able to offer a different perspective on this album, seeing as how my two favorite REM albums are 'Monster' and 'Murmur', and I find 'Green' unlistenable! This may put me in a special group of REM let me explain why I love this album so!
If 'Automatic' was the first sign that REM was breaking out of the pretentious, chirpy, god-awful bubble gum of 'Green' and 'Out Of Time' by becoming more serious and austere (albeit extremely low-energy), then 'Monster' finished REM's re-emergence as a newer, better-than-ever and extremely hard-rocking ensemble. Gone are any additional instruments (strings, brass, mandolins, etc.), this is just the four REM dudes rocking their socks off. They also seem to be enjoying the new energy level, and that sense of enthusiasm permeates the album.
For you gloom n' doom fans (me too!) there are still the tormented 'Let Me In' and the wistful and countrified 'Strange Currencies', also the ethereal raga-rock of 'You'. But this album is mostly about the rockers. From 'What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" on, this CD never lets up the loud, buzzing and partified atmosphere. I also like how Stipe sings in a variety of voices, falsetto on 'Tongue', and a Gordon Lightfoot-esque growl for 'Crush With Eyeliner'. Other faves are 'I Took Your Name' and the chugging 'Circus Envy'. The only tune I'm not 100 percent behind is 'King Of Comedy', although it has great lyrics, it's a wee bit grating.
All in all, if you like REM, AND you like to rock, pick this one up. Used, it's often cheaper than any other album by them (probably due to most fans wanting to hear 'Losing My Religion' redone another 1000 times...).
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right Frequency December 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
On R.E.M.'s previous two albums, Out Of Time & Automatic For The People, the band created quiet classics by employing a wide array of beautiful instruments including mandolins, harpsichords, strings and the like. They did a complete 180 on Monster, which is anything but quiet. The album is steeped in the glam-rock of the 70's and the grunge music of its day. Peter Buck threw away the acoustic stuff, plugged in and turned the volume up to 11. The band shows off their musical aptitude as this album sounds like nothing they've done before or since. "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" opens the album awash in buzzing guitars and undesciprable Michael Stipe vocals. "Crush With Eyeliner" is a glam-rock classic and sounds like it could be out of the David Bowie songbook. "I Don't Sleep, I Dream" is a pulsating track while "Star 69" is straight ahead, tongue-in-cheek rocker. "Tongue" is probably the band's sexiest song done in a bump and grind style. "Let Me In" is their tribute to the late Kurt Cobain. "Bang And Blame" is the best song on the album, with its synthesized sound and popping guitars. Monster was the band's first album to debut at number one and with it, they continued to push the envelope and shake up their identity.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I was glancing through reviews of this album and ALL of the poor ones said things like "I've listened to them since the beginning and this sucks!" or "It's not the R.E.M that I grew up with..." or "It's their lame attempt at cashing in on grunge!" or most especially "They should've broken up after AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE!". While I understand that music, like all art, is subjective, I can't fathom the "fans" that don't see anything of value on an album that has some of their best songs ever. After the one-two mega-success punch of OUT OF TIME and AUTOMATIC, R.E.M knew that they were pretty much on top of the world. They were all over the radio; they were all over MTV (For you young people, MTV actually stands for Music Television, and they used to play lots and lots of music!); and they were about to tour all over the world. To be totally honest, after their massive success, if they decided to tour based on the work of OUT OF TIME and/or AFTP and continue with smaller venues, it would have been a colossal mistake. They were about to become arena rockers. They needed a rock and roll album that fit their aesthetic.

That idea of a R.E.M Arena Rocker Album is what gave birth to MONSTER. Out of this album, not only was there a distinctly different sound in contrast to the flowing melodies of OUT OF TIME and sorrowful tone of AFTP, there was also a distinctly different look to the band. Michael came out, head shaved to the scalp with a greater spring in his step and a Elvis-pelvis, but Mike also came out in amazingly hilarious glam-rock leisure suits (all of them the same, except the color). These were no longer the shy post-collegians with their art-rock style; this was an R.E.M we had never seen before and certainly hadn't heard before.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Worth It...
Completely awesome album from start to finish. "Bang and Blame" and "Star 69" are stand outs.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Rocking
One of the best alternative music albums of the 1990's.
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Sartain
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesser band's definitive work, a fun trip for R.E.M
Of Automatic For the People, Michael Stipe has stated that it was done heavily in response to the band members turning 30, steering them toward the melancholic and reflective. Read more
Published 10 months ago by 50m6
4.0 out of 5 stars I never understood the frequency...
First of all most of the people are complaining about this album that R.E.M. were departing from their sound and blah, blah. Nope...REM started as a alternative rock band. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Zen
5.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING
WHATS THE FREQUENCY KENNETH? who knows what that means but it is one of the catchiest songs by rem. On MONSTER rem takes a look back almost but with a 90s alternative/indie/rock... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MUSICFAN89
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Re-Visit
When I bought this when it first came out I really didn't care for it but I picked it up again recently after listening to sound clips here to give it another chance. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Melissa C. Jurgensen
3.0 out of 5 stars "I called your bluff until I blew your circuits wide"
I'll be honest: this is my least-favorite R.E.M. album. That being said, I still like it and there are some killer tracks that keep me coming back to it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Bought this to replace one of my old favorite cassettes that is all scratched and worn out, nice to hear all the tracks clean and clear again.
Published 21 months ago by R. Shaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars older music
this is a nice card board case. this is a 2 disk set. and some of the songs on this CD are you, star 69, i took your name and other good songs.
Published on September 7, 2012 by al
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite the songs that don't work on this disc the songs that do work...
This album is full of simple musical motifs that are especially catchy and hooky even as they are filtered through sometimes heavy distortion effects. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by THowerton
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