Monster [25th Anniversary Edition]

Monster [25th Anniversary Edition]

by R.E.M.R.E.M.

CD(Anniversary Edition)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2019
Label: Craft Recordings
UPC: 0888072111455
catalogNumber: 238
Rank: 22097

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Peter Buck   Group Member
Mike Mills   Group Member
Michael Stipe   Group Member
Bill Berry   Group Member
Bertis Downs   Group Member
Jefferson Holt   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Engineer
Peter Buck   Composer
Jeff DeMorris   Engineer
Mark Gruber   Engineer
Scott Litt   Producer,Remixing
Mike Mills   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer,Remixing
Michael Stipe   Composer,Art Direction,Packaging,Layout
Bill Berry   Composer
Bertis Downs   Advisor
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Keith Carter   Packaging
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction,Packaging,Layout
Victor Janacua   Engineer
Brook Dillon   Packaging
Jeffery Rivers   Drum Technician
Pat McCarthy   Engineer
David Colvin   Engineer
Jem Cohen   Packaging
Matthew Perpetua   Liner Notes

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