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Not Bad, but an Anticlimactic End to a Fantastic Musical Career
on September 22, 2016
I am a fan of the REM era that had the band produced by Scott Litt. I like stuff before and after his involvement with the band, but his time of participation is the era that I feel REM maintained the most diversity in song and album structure. To me, this final album is a definite improvement over its predecessor (which was lackluster in all ways), but it is still an unfortunately anticlimactic end to REM's entire run as a band. It's like watching a disappointing series finale for a TV show.
I will continue to treasure my REM collection, but this album is unlikely to get a lot of repeat listening. I still plan to listen to it a few more times, in a focused manner (as I do with all my new acquisitions), but after three listens already, it's not growing on me. In fact, I find it more tiring than anything else. With all due respect to the artists, I wish there was more to this one.