In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003

In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003

by R.E.M.
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In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kathcope More than 1 year ago
I don't think this is the best of REM. It was a gift - but I never would have bought it. The best songs on it are all from "Out of Time." It's the later years - but I'd rather buy just one CD that has the best of REM from the beginning. In whose mind is "What's the frequency, Kenneth?" the best of anything? "South Central Rain (I'm sorry) should've been the first song. The best of REM doesn't require 2 CDs. (Buying CDs is on the way out, anyway, downloading what YOU think is the best of REM IS now and the future.)
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Byrds fan in me likes the folk-rock sound of REM. Many fans will tell you the first era (1980-88) was the best period for this group. I disagree. Michael Stipe's vocals make little sense much of the time but their clarity on these songs does add something. My view is that REM is a group that like obscurity in their songs, somewhat like Steely Dan. To sum up, they sound great but I do think the rock critics overrated them in their heyday. I suspect the group's sound will be more enduring than its lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole album sways like a lullabye with Michael Stipe's voice saying "sleep." The climax hits with "Nightswimmer" arguably their best song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The beauty of this isn't only the range of songs -- some, like "Everybody Hurts", "Nightswimming", and "At My Most Beautiful", are sweet and quiet, while songs like "Orange Crush" and "Animal" are loud, forceful, and quite amazing in general -- but also the way it flows. The boys at R.E.M. didn't put it chronologically -- that wouldn't have made sense. Instead, they set it in stages: a mellow beginning, faster-paced from 3-4, a bit of difference for 5 and 7, "Losing My Religion" as number six -- what's to be said about that? -- fast again for 8, and then a short span of pop from 9-10. "Animal" and "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" take 11 and 12, while "Stand" lets in some more pop. From "Electrolite" (#14) to "Nightswimming" (#18), R.E.M.'s softer side is shown, with the influence of the Beach Boys peeking in during "At My Most Beautiful". All that said, there are some songs that probably should have been included; for example, "Shiny Happy People" and "Drive". Nevertheless, this is quite a good collection that does a pretty good job of representing R.E.M.'s history from '88 to the present.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
I've known for quite some time that I enjoy REM's music, but mostly my reason for knowing that came from the songs I'd heard and liked on the radio. And while they have quite a few hits floating around on the airwaves, it's hard to get a feel for a band just by their radio plays. So it wasn't until I listened to this album that I realized how much I love REM's sound. As a newcomer to the full range of their music, I discovered quite a few songs I'd never heard before, and there wasn't one song on this album that I disliked. In fact, I found many, many songs I could hear over and over and over again, which has only encouraged me to seek out more of their music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
R.E.M was very smart to release this album. At first I wasn't to sure about it, but now it's almost all that I listen to now. I'm only 12 and very opinionated about what kind of music I listen to.R.E.M is my favorite band now! Get this Cd!
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