Monster [CD & DVD Audio]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Monster is indeed R.E.M.'s long-promised "rock" album; it just doesn't rock in the way one might expect. Instead of R.E.M.'s trademark anthemic bashers, Monster offers a set of murky sludge, powered by the heavily distorted and delayed guitar of Peter Buck. Michael Stipe's vocals have been pushed to the back of the mix, along with Bill Berry's drums, which accentuates the muscular pulse of Buck's chords. From the androgynous sleaze of "Crush With Eyeliner" to the subtle, Eastern-tinged menace of "You," most of the album sounds dense, dirty, and grimy, which makes the punchy guitars of "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and the warped soul of "Tongue" all the more ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Monster is indeed R.E.M.'s long-promised "rock" album; it just doesn't rock in the way one might expect. Instead of R.E.M.'s trademark anthemic bashers, Monster offers a set of murky sludge, powered by the heavily distorted and delayed guitar of Peter Buck. Michael Stipe's vocals have been pushed to the back of the mix, along with Bill Berry's drums, which accentuates the muscular pulse of Buck's chords. From the androgynous sleaze of "Crush With Eyeliner" to the subtle, Eastern-tinged menace of "You," most of the album sounds dense, dirty, and grimy, which makes the punchy guitars of "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and the warped soul of "Tongue" all the more distinctive. Monster doesn't have the conceptual unity or consistently brilliant songwriting of Automatic for the People, but it does offer a wide range of sonic textures that have never been heard on an R.E.M. album before. [Monster was reissued as part of Warner's 2005 R.E.M. reissue series. Each album was presented in a double-disc digipack, containing a CD on the first disc and a DVD-A version of the album on the second. The DVD for Monster includes a 5.1 Surround mix of the album, a "video documentary," lyrics, and a photo gallery, but none of the promo videos from the album.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227394929
  • Catalog Number: 73949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What's the Frequency, Kenneth? (4:00)
  2. 2 Crush With Eyeliner (4:38)
  3. 3 King of Comedy (3:41)
  4. 4 I Don't Sleep, I Dream (3:28)
  5. 5 Star 69 (3:08)
  6. 6 Strange Currencies (3:53)
  7. 7 Tongue (4:13)
  8. 8 Bang and Blame (5:30)
  9. 9 I Took Your Name (4:03)
  10. 10 Let Me In (3:28)
  11. 11 Circus Envy (4:15)
  12. 12 You (4:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
  2. 2 Crush With Eyeliner
  3. 3 King of Comedy
  4. 4 I Don't Sleep, I Dream
  5. 5 Star 69
  6. 6 Strange Currencies
  7. 7 Tongue
  8. 8 Bang and Blame
  9. 9 I Took Your Name
  10. 10 Let Me In
  11. 11 Circus Envy
  12. 12 You
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R.E.M. Primary Artist
Peter Buck Group Member
Mike Mills Group Member
Michael Stipe Desaccordee, Group Member
Bill Berry Group Member
Bertis Downs Group Member
Jefferson Holt Group Member
Technical Credits
Mark Howard Engineer
Craig Anderson Authoring
Peter Buck Composer
Spencer Chrislu Authoring
Jeff DeMorris Engineer
Mark Gruber Engineer
Gilbert Kaufman Liner Notes
Scott Litt Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Mike Mills Composer
R.E.M. Producer
Elliot Scheiner Producer
Michael Stipe Composer, Art Direction
Bill Berry Composer
Darcy Proper Mastering
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Chris Bilheimer Art Direction, Screen Design
Victor Janacua Engineer
Robin Hurley Executive Producer
David Dieckman Authoring
Jeffery Rivers Drum Technician
David Colvin Engineer
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