Up

Up

by R.E.M.
     
 

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On Up, R.E.M.'s first recording since the departure of longtime drummer Bill Berry, they prove yet again that less really can be more. Although they employ a live drummer on several tracks (most notably Joey Waronker from Beck's band and Barrett Martin from Tuatara), several tracks feature the chatter of

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On Up, R.E.M.'s first recording since the departure of longtime drummer Bill Berry, they prove yet again that less really can be more. Although they employ a live drummer on several tracks (most notably Joey Waronker from Beck's band and Barrett Martin from Tuatara), several tracks feature the chatter of drum machines or no percussion whatsoever. The synthetic percussion that starts off "Airportman" helped induce a lot of silly hype (headline writers had a field day with "Electronica for the People" and "Newer Adventures in Hi-Fi"), but it was more a case of R.E.M. finding ways to turn up the tempo without becoming bombastic. Like that of Automatic for the People, the mood is deliberately ratcheted down, but it isn't quite somber. "Lotus" and "Daysleeper" are pointed and aggressive, but most of the songs are introspective and meticulously arranged. The lack of traditional percussion provides more space for mandolins, strings, and layers of keyboards. Up proves that, after 13 recordings, R.E.M. has lost none of their ambition -- or their ability to rethink the rock song.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/1998
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0093624711223
catalogNumber:
47112
Rank:
120656

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Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Peter Buck   Guitar
Patti Gouvas   Viola
Reid Harris   Viola
Mike Mills   Bass
Elizabeth Murphy   Cello
Heidi Nitchie   Viola
Willard Shull   Violin
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Sou-Chun Su   Violin
Joey Waronker   Drums
Bill Berry   Drums
David Arenz   Violin
Ellie Arenz   Violin
Jun-Ching Lin   Violin
Christopher Rex   Cello
Douglas Sommer   Double Bass
Paul Murphy   Leader,Viola
Jay Christy   Violin
Jere Flint   Conductor
Daniel Laufer   Cello

Technical Credits

Peter Buck   Composer,Engineer
John Keane   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Producer
Mike Mills   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer,String Arrangements
Michael Stipe   Composer
David Henry   Engineer
Michael McCoy   Engineer
Eddie Horst   String Arrangements
John Sharpley   String Arrangements
Robert Shimp   Engineer
Charlie Francis   Engineer
Rob Haddock   Engineer
Pat McCarthy   Producer

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