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R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar ... Read more in Amazon's R.E.M. Store

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  • Audio CD (October 27, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000DD54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After R.E.M.'s somewhat ambitious 1996 album, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, failed to ignite Billboard's Hot 100, you might have figured the band would return to the rock-solid bombast of Monster or the consumer-friendly pop of Green. But R.E.M. have enough cash not to worry about commercial failure, and they've already been to the top of the mountain, so for now they'd rather explore its lush valleys and secret caves. Up is an atmospheric journey as impressionistic as Enya and as evocative as John Barry. Some critics have compared it with the band's delicate and emotionally revealing gem Automatic for the People, but Up is more ambitious and creative. Sure, most of the songs are pastoral, but they're undercut with drama and sonic experimentation. The melodies are generally spare, the beats sparse. Guitars flicker in and out, providing tension and dynamics, while quivering strings, layered keyboards, and washes of feedback color the songs like textured lines of paint in an oil portrait. The only blatant pop song is the single "Daysleeper." The rest of the album ebbs and flows, each song a separate component of a complete artistic expression. The sound may be influenced by guitarist Peter Buck's cinematic jazz side project Tuatara or by Michael Stipe's celluloid excursions, but its source doesn't matter. What's important is that more than a decade after their sell-by date, R.E.M. continue to challenge and inspire. Things are definitely looking up. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Up is one of REM's best albums to date.
M. Scagnelli
This is a must for all REM fans - well, if you are a fan you will have it in your collection anyway, I assume.
mr spillsy
It is great to hear this great band still experiment and try fresh aproaches to their music.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When REM signed it's monumental $80 million contract, executives at Warner Brothers were probably hoping for more Losing My Religions and Man on the Moons for years to come. These songs were huge singles for the band but don't expect any hits off Up!
The first post Bill Berry album finds the (now) trio in an experimental mood. From the first hypnotic synthesizer tones of Airportman to the subdued ballad closer Falls to Climb, Up is a maudlin, slow paced effort. It also contains some of the most ambitious music this amazing band has made to date.
Only Daysleeper (the already failed single) and Lotus recall earlier work by the band. The driving Bill Berry beat has been replaced by drum machines and occasional real drums. Outstanding tracks include the Beach Boys tribute "At my most beautiful", the driving Hope (to the tune of Leonard Cohen's Susanne) and the almost positive "Walk Unafraid".
One final warning. Unless you are prepared to sit down and spend some time absorbing this album, don't expect it to grab you by the neck like Out of Time. However if you do love this band and appreciate their past uncommercial efforts, you will find a cornocopia of amazing music on Up.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Welsh on November 29, 1999
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Reviewers are all over the map here. And I think I know why: This disc is hard to peg, doesn't necessarily grab you on the first listen, and is such a radical change of pace for REM.
But if you really LISTEN to this all the way thru and pay attention to the lyrics, backbeat, and subtle genius of the musicianship, you will learn what many already know: It is another REM masterpiece.
Most bands don't take the chances that REM does. It would be so easy for them to crank out radio-friendly jangle pop that they essentially wrote the book on. But this a band that believes you have to take risks to grow artistically. We should all be grateful they have this integrity.
So take 55 minutes out of your busy day, turn off the idiot box, stop multitasking, grab something cool to drink, and do something seriously lacking in our current culture: Listen.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Brady on August 12, 2004
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Difficult for casual fans to get their heads around, UP is a very rewarding listening experience for those willing to forget about the "old REM" and open themselves up to something new. The departure of Bill Berry seems to have thrown the band into a bit of a tail-spin , but this collection of songs are some of the best REM have ever recorded. There are only two songs on this cd I don't like ( I don't even know what they are called, I always skip them ) but 12 out of 14 songs is a pretty good average in my opinion. The first 5 or 6 songs are simply brilliant. And Sad Professor is THE SADDEST SONG ever written. Period. A radical departure for REM, "UP" barely went gold in the US, if I'm not mistaken, where their commercial clout has been decreasing for about a decade. They continue to be critics' darlings, however, like they always have been. And I suppose that's enough for them. They will probably never make another album as straightforwardly "pop" and as commercially succesful as Out of Time , but I'm not sure I'd want them to.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Pennington on December 13, 2002
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This album, at least among my circle of acquaintances, was loudly denounced as R.E.M.'s worst work ever. Some lamented the bygone days of "Murmur" or even "Out of Time". Some said that they gave R.E.M. a second chance after the muddled "Monster" but that now they had given up. I alone held forth on the greatness of this album and was summarily ignored, so I bring my opinons to Amazon instead.
No, this isn't your older brother's R.E.M.; nor is it even your R.E.M. of a few years ago. They seem to have followed a musical evolution that seems quite logical from a distance: they began as cult college-radio favorites, then emerged into the mainstream and swam there for a while. But that grew old, and to completely befuddle their top-40 audience and test which fans were loyal they created a "Monster". Anyone who was left hanging on after such a radical departure from their typical sound was treated to an awkward, adolescent-souding transition album, the "mid-life crisis" in R.E.M.'s career. Now they have emerged quieter, older, wiser--and undeniably, hauntingly GOOD. Each of these songs is as unassuming yet unique as a paper snowflake, and they have the same fragile beauty. "Hope" borrows the tune of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", a masterpiece in itself, and reinvents it as an allegory-filled, bouncing piece of prophecy as simultaneously serious and lighthearted as "It's the End of the World As We Know It." "The Sad Professor" draws a character sketch almost cinematic in its precision. The lone single "Daysleeper" is deceptively poppy and catchy, but the lyrics' message of blue-collar sympathy for those on the night shift is meant for an entirely different audience. And who doesn't sympathize with the eyelash-counting moment described in "At My Most Beautiful"?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Zantow on December 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'll actually try and write a review for someone trying to decide whether to purchase R.E.M.'s latest record. I figure you fall into 1 of 2 categories: 1)You're not a big R.E.M. fan and want to see what the band's like or 2)You've liked several R.E.M. albums and are thinking about getting this one, too. If you're not an R.E.M. fan and want to get a taste of the band, this probably isn't the album to get--you'd probably get a better feel for them on Document or Automatic For the People or New Adventures in Hi-Fi. If you are a R.E.M. fan, realize that Up is another deviation from R.E.M.--just because you liked Out of Time certainly doesn't guarentee that you'll like Up. Yet I still recommend this album as one of their most rewarding. The mood is similar to that of "Country Feedback", "E-Bow the Letter", and "Sweetness Follows" (some of their best songs). If you truly like this album the first time you listen to it, you are strange indeed. But it gets better and better with each listening, and "Airpotman", "Suspicion", "Hope", "Diminished", "Parakeet", and "Falls to Climb" flow into, out of, and of each other. The best word for this album: rewarding.
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