Reveal -- Limited Edition

Reveal -- Limited Edition

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by R.E.M.
     
 

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More than 20 years into their long, strange trip, the lil' ol' band from Athens has cast itself as the ultimate survivor. Having outlasted "college rock" -- not to mention "jangle rock" and "alternative rock" -- R.E.M. has continued to turn out inherently challenging music. Reveal is no exception. Considerably more confident sounding than Up<See more details below

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More than 20 years into their long, strange trip, the lil' ol' band from Athens has cast itself as the ultimate survivor. Having outlasted "college rock" -- not to mention "jangle rock" and "alternative rock" -- R.E.M. has continued to turn out inherently challenging music. Reveal is no exception. Considerably more confident sounding than Up, the band's first album without founding member Bill Berry, Reveal carries more sonic heft and a bit less of the hazy experimentalism than that last effort. At once complex and easily penetrated, songs like "Beachball" and "Summer Turns to High" recall the teenage symphonies of Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds era. Like that milestone disc, Reveal keeps big guitars to a minimum. While that can be kind of a drag for fans who'd like to hear Pete Buck really cut loose -- "All the Way to Reno" conveys quite a bit of the soaring spirit that marked R.E.M.'s mid-'80s work -- the buoyant vibe of songs like the synth-driven "The Lifting" and the swooning, orchestrated "Imitation of Life" is awfully hard to resist. No, this isn't the R.E.M. of bygone days, but the band has transcended its past by always moving forward. It's refreshing to watch a band so entrenched in the public consciousness do some middle-aged growing up in public.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
More than 20 years into their long, strange trip, the lil' ol' band from Athens has cast itself as the ultimate survivor. Having outlasted "college rock" -- not to mention "jangle rock" and "alternative rock" -- R.E.M. has continued to turn out inherently challenging music. Reveal is no exception. Considerably more confident sounding than Up, the band's first album without founding member Bill Berry, Reveal carries more sonic heft and a bit less of the hazy experimentalism than that last effort. At once complex and easily penetrated, songs like "Beachball" and "Summer Turns to High" recall the teenage symphonies of Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds era. Like that milestone disc, Reveal keeps big guitars to a minimum. While that can be kind of a drag for fans who'd like to hear Pete Buck really cut loose -- "All the Way to Reno" conveys quite a bit of the soaring spirit that marked R.E.M.'s mid-'80s work -- the buoyant vibe of songs like the synth-driven "The Lifting" and the swooning, orchestrated "Imitation of Life" is awfully hard to resist. No, this isn't the R.E.M. of bygone days, but the band has transcended its past by always moving forward. It's refreshing to watch a band so entrenched in the public consciousness do some middle-aged growing up in public. Packaging note: The Limited Edition of Reveal features a custom sleeve, complete lyrics, and a 40-page, full-color booklet including original photography by Michael Stipe.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
[four stars]...The past few years have been rough on R.E.M. and their fans, especially with the departure of drummer Bill Berry. So it's inspiring to hear Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills brighten up on Reveal, telling a few fables of their own reconstruction with an album of gorgeous, woozily sun-struck ballads. Reveal won't need to grow on you -- thirty seconds into the opener, "The Lifting," you can tell these guys got lucky with the muse again. Like U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind, it's a spiritual renewal rooted in a musical one.
Spin Magazine - Greg Milner
"7"...Unlike U2, whose left turns have felt like oblique strategies in the band's pompous struggle to redeem rock, R.E.M.'s stylistic shifts tend to feel like survival skills. Vaguely psychedelic, filled with hazy shades of woo or whatever, much of Reveal moves with the graceful drag of 1985's Fables of the Reconstruction, yet with more ebb and flux. These songs, often built on simple keyboard patterns over ragged synthetic percussion, reject both the ellipsis of early R.E.M. and the disarming directness of their middle period. It's an elaborate feint, a classy retreat. Instead of running out of time, Reveal is where R.E.M. move out of time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624794622
catalogNumber:
47946
Rank:
80356

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Tracks

  1. The Lifting
  2. I've Been High
  3. All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)
  4. She Just Wants To Be
  5. Disappear
  6. Saturn Return
  7. Beat A Drum
  8. Imitation Of Life
  9. Summer Turns To High
  10. Chorus And The Ring
  11. I'll Take The Rain
  12. Beachball

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey   Musician
Peter Buck   Band,Musician
David James   Strings
John Keane   Musician
Marcus Miller   Strings
Michael Stipe   Band,Musician
Ken Stringfellow   Musician
Joey Waronker   Musician
David Agnew   Woodwind
Jamie Candiloro   Musician
Annette Cleary   Strings
Eileen Murphy   Strings

Technical Credits

John Keane   Engineer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Patrick McCarthy   Producer,Engineer
R.E.M.   Producer,String Arrangements
Michael Stipe   Packaging
Bertis Downs   Advisor
Jamie Candiloro   Engineer
Chris Bilheimer   Packaging
Zach Blackstone   Engineer
Dean Maher   Engineer
Johnny Tate   String Arrangements
Christine Tramontano   Engineer

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