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Posted October 1, 2010
So you're thinking about adding "Dead Letter Office" to your REM collection, but you are somewhat hesitant. The B-sides, outakes, and early works got you forgetting this is REM we're talking about? I've had this album (CD) for 14 years and I highly recommend it! 5 Stars doesn't begin to tell what your senses will experience... To those of us who experienced the complete awe after removing the celophane in 1983 and hearing "Murmur," I have to tell you that "Dead Letter Office" contains the same awe! This is REM 1980 - 1987. Dead Letter Office holds gems; songs recorded with Stipe's poet-vocalizations against folksy instrumental textures of energetic activists lyrics. Sure, you're going to recognize some songs recorded by previous artists, but listen to REM's versions! 'Gardening At Night' is a bonus track on the CD copy, and isn't recorded again until after Dead Letter Office is released. Dead letter Office is a recorded history of REM, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. The band begins a few songs, breaks into laughter, a comment or two, and starts over. I'm excited to see REM's "Dead Letter Office" is still available. Grab a copy before The Powers That Be discontinue it. If you're a mature (long-time) listener, or you're just really into REM's music & style, Dead Letter Office is a classic work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.