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Reveal [CD]

R.E.M.Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B00005BL29
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 x CD Album
Europe 2001

1The Lifting4:39
2I've Been High3:25
3All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)4:45
4She Just Wants To Be5:22
6Saturn Return4:55
7Beat A Drum4:21
8Imitation Of Life3:57
9Summer Turns To High3:32
10Chorus And The Ring4:31
11I'll Take The Rain5:51

R.E.M. have no right at this advanced stage in their career to be making such a spirited and beautiful album as Reveal. Twenty years after "Radio Free Europe," they're still jiggy as year-old pups. Reveal is the sound of a band that's beyond feeling the need to change or to prove themselves to each new generation, but retains its passion. Michael Stipe's voice is at its most evocatively beautiful on "I've Been High," and Peter Buck's eclectic tunes continue along the highly accessible vein mined on 1998's Up. Stipe continues his emergence as an up-front vocalist whose lyrics, if never entirely self-explanatory, now make ingenious use of more readily identifiable phrases, images, and vignettes. Hovering over much of the album is the spirit of Brian Wilson, whose genius is echoed in "Beachball" and almost transcended in the astonishingly plangent "Summer Turns to High." With so much to live up to, it's not far short of astonishing that R.E.M. can still come up with a song such as the gorgeously chiming and shimmering "Imitation of Life," which, on its own, is worth the price of admission. But, from the first synthesizer swirls of the opener "The Lifting" onward, there's nary a dud to be heard on Reveal. --Johnny Black

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REM fans can be a stubborn breed May 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe there are people out there who consider themselves "hardcore" REM fans and think this album is horrible. Their unwillingness to let go of the past scares me. Look, people, it will never be 1986 again, you will never be a sophomore in high school, etc. Frankly, very few people possess the insight and the knowledge to judge an album accurately right out of the box. Time needs to pass. REM are smart musicians who live in the present and continue their explorations in music. This is where they are, this is the kind of album they wanted to make. So it doesn't rock, so what? Right now, REVEAL sounds like a great album to me-it's beautiful, articulate, and cohesive. (We'll see in 5 years if it's a classic.) There are some gorgeous pieces of melody here: "I've been high", "All the way to Reno", "Imitation of life", "The Lifting", the list goes on. A couple of songs "revealed" themselves to me only after several listens. I find "The Chorus and the ring" in particular to be an effective, haunting song with strange "medieval" overtones to it. I can't think of another song quite like it.
It's too bad REM's time as the "it" boys has passed, because it means that radio will wholeheartedly ignore this album, and most people out there will not be really exposed to it.
Oh, and the Bill Berry dilemma. Similar situation is currently plaguing another resilient band Depeche Mode (in that case, long time fans mourn the absence of Alan Wilder the "sound architect", in REM's case Bill was the "soul of the band"). To an extent, I can see the point in both cases. But I have to ask again, why not let go of the past and enjoy both bands' current vision? REVEAL is the music for now-connect with it, make new memories. In the year 2015 some of you will criticize the new REM album and remember the good old days of REVEAL. Relax, please and enjoy. I do.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best In Years! May 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
After the release of Automatic For The People,R.E.M. were probably considered along with U2 to be one of the premier rock acts in the world.Three subsequent albums and they found their place had been taken by harder hitting rock acts and a world taken over by dance music.Very much like U2's last release this album will see R.E.M. gaining the ultimate triumph-they've seen off the 90's pretenders and are now set to return to the top of the rock tree.For this is easily their best work in nearly a decade.
On reading the first reviews of this c.d. I sort of had the impression that it was going to be their most commercial work yet.The first magnificent single Imitation Of Life had an instant appeal for me and I expected each subsquent album track to be the same.Well I was totally wrong.There are no other tracks with that sort of instant appeal-but give this c.d. a few listens and you discover tracks of great depth,songs that have an upbeat almost summer feel to them and yes their most accesible work in years.Yeah I think this album will be huge and the main reason for this is that there are no dud tracks,no over-indulgent experiments-just good quality songs that epitomised R.E.M.'s early work and that you'd get on 50% of the tracks on Monster,New Adventures... and Up! Track one starts this c.d. off in great style-the most immediate thing to notice is the use of swirling synths and Stipe sounding in great form.It's the sort of song that makes you think "oh this is a return to what they do best".Track 2 is a really beautiful atmostpheric track-people have compared this to Massive Attack or Portishead.Once again there is very little guitar here-synths and drum machines give this ballad a mininmalist feel .
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Creative Offering (3 STARS) June 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album marks 20 years since the release of the EP "Chronic Town," and 18 since "Murmur" started the career of some the finest musicians the world would ever see. They accomplished a lot along the way; taking new paths, going against the grain, changing styles.
With their niche in the music scene well-worn, you would think it's time to give it a rest; just give the fans what they expect to hear and they'll buy it anyway, because it says REM on the label. But Stipe and the boys show what true musicianship is.
I, for one, expected a repeat of the epic "New Adventures in the Hi-Fi" or the somber style of "Up." But they are changing themselves again. "Reveal" could be played start to finish on an elevator or in a grocery store. And despite the fluffy, mellowness of the tracks, they mesh with REM's unique style. Otherwise it could become quite boring, but REM shows how adventerous quiet can be.
"The Lifting" (opener) is one of the greatest tracks in years for the band. Stellar and creative, with the patented Micheal Stipe vocals. "All the Way to Reno" smells like a single, and sounds a little like REM of the past; would fit on "Hi-Fi." "Imitiaions of Life," almost left off because of its unwillingness mesh with the rest of the record, is one of the best singles the band has released in the last decade. Soft but exciting, and with OUTSTANDING lyrics (Stipe's poetic ability is sadly overlooked). The last track, "Beachball" has got some attention from critics, saying it sounds like it's influenced by the Beach Boys. I disagree. I think they are BECOMING the Beach Boys; but it sounds so good that I don't care.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Have we missed the big Reveal?
This is only a 4 star album to me, but I give it 5 stars here because of how criminally underrated it is. Some R.E.M. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Conrad Bourdeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
One of the REM's best in my opinion. I can listen to it for days, practically all of the tracks are great...
Published 4 months ago by D S
5.0 out of 5 stars "All I Really Want Is Just to Live My Life on High..."
I always felt bad for R.E.M. after drummer Bill Berry left the group in 1997. Not because I didn't think the band was capable of going on without him but rather that few ever... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent REM CD!
This is an excellent REM CD with very sound melodies and upbeat, uplifting music. It is a great listen. I would highly recommend it!
Published 15 months ago by CD music collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated!
This is an underrated album! It is an amazing showcase of their talent and versatility. To me, it combines bright/folky elements of Out of Time and Automatic with their more... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Melissa C. Jurgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit like Up but different and altogether pleasing.
This is the last classic REM album for me. 4.5 stars. What followed was a band just kind of fulfilling a contract to me or simply having fun and doing what they do. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Crank
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 of 5
As far as choruses and beats go, REM's Reveal is a step down from Up. That's despite the titles of the first two songs, which, metaphorically speaking, seem to imply further... Read more
Published on September 29, 2012 by Marcel Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M album gets no respect
R.E.M album gets no respect.
Definatly one of the best with out Bill Berry.
Like most REM album you have to give it more than one spin.
Published on May 9, 2011 by TROYWD22
2.0 out of 5 stars Meager revelations
2 1/2

Its R.E.M. at their middle of road most. And believe me, they have walked further down the road, so here the mediocrity tends to at least produce minor results. Read more
Published on December 23, 2008 by IRate
4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing
I have always thought it an odd coincidence that U2's startling return to former glory All That You Can't Leave Behind came out roughly the same time as R.E.M.'s "Reveal. Read more
Published on December 12, 2008 by Tim Brough
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