Reveal -- Limited Edition

Reveal -- Limited Edition

by R.E.M.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, 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0093624794622
catalogNumber: 47946
Rank: 97559


  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

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
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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Reveal -- Limited Edition 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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