Reveal -- Limited Edition

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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 ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.

[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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624794622
  • Catalog Number: 47946
  • Sales rank: 62,052

Tracks

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stipes and the Guys take on the Beach Boys

    I don't know how many reviewers, you know the type. The ones that get paid to review music. This cd got slammed a lot and I think a lot of reviewers just skimmed over the glossy surface of this cd and gave it poor marks. It actually is a concept cd. A summer slice of what REM wanted it to be. A beach boys nod thru Athens Georgia...and whats wrong with that?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not R.E.M.'s best but still good enough

    Dont bother reading A listner's review. R.E.M. has done it again with another worthy album. They've taken the form they began on Up and made it more concise, less brooding and just plain better. Just bring this album home and feel the sunshine on your face as it plays

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exeptionally good

    R.E.M.`s latest album ''Reveal'' reveals plenty of good songs. From the opening ''The Lifting'' up to the closing ''Beachball'' this album constantly drags you into the magical world of mandolines and dreamy voices of Michael Stipe. Exeptionally good songs, album is listenable continually. I would recommend it to everyone as a sign that good rock music still exist and that Linking Park is not the end of the world as we know it. Reveal the good stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    REVEAL IS GREAT!

    ALL THE SONGS ARE THE BEST. WHAT A GREAT BEAT THOSE SONGS HAVE.AND I LOVE THE COVER OF THE CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They Still Stink

    It used to be, I'd always buy the new REM CD the first day it came out, without having heard a single song. Then Green and Monster came along and cured me of that habit. But for some reason, in a fit of nostalgia for the old college days, I ventured out and bought Reveal. What an undistinctive effort. It's tired, tired, tired. It gives me a sense of vuja de - the feeling that I never want to be here again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not bad

    This album isn't too bad. Songs like ''She Just Wants to Be'' and ''All the Way to Reno'' are my favorites because of the smooth, lifting, voice of Mike Stipe. Nothing else is too noticeably bad or good, but it's worth the money to buy this.

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    Posted May 25, 2009

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