Reveal [CD & DVD Audio]

Reveal [CD & DVD Audio]

by R.E.M.


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Reveal [CD & DVD Audio]

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: 03/01/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227653927
catalogNumber: 76539


Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey   Musician
Peter Buck   Group Member
Pete Crooks   Strings
David James   Strings
John Keane   Musician
Marcus Miller   Strings
Mike Mills   Group Member
Michael Stipe   Group Member
Ken Stringfellow   Musician
Joey Waronker   Musician
David Agnew   Woodwind
Jamie Candiloro   Musician
Annette Cleary   Strings
Eileen Murphy   Strings
David Carmody   Horn
Glenn "DJ Wool" Brady   Musician
Eoin Daly   Horn
Ruth Mann   Strings
Jennifer Cassidy   Strings
Nicola Cleary   Strings
Elizabeth Dean   Strings
Debbie Ellis   Strings
Sunniva Fitzpatrick   Strings
Pamela Forde   Strings
Get The Horn Section   Horn
Michael Healy   Strings
Shaun Hooke   Horn
Michelle Lalor   Strings
Elizabeth Leonard   Strings
David Martin   Horn
Ruth Murphy   Strings
Fergal OCeallachain   Horn
Hillary ODonovan   Strings
Cliona ODriscoll   Strings
Paul OHanlon   Strings
Sebastian Petiet   Strings
Carol Quigley   Strings

Technical Credits

Peter Buck   Composer
Gilbert Kaufman   Liner Notes
John Keane   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Producer,Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer,String Arrangements
Michael Stipe   Composer,Packaging
Bertis Downs   Advisor
Jamie Candiloro   Engineer
Chris Bilheimer   Packaging
Zach Blackstone   Engineer
Dean Maher   Engineer
Johnny Tate   String Arrangements
Christine Tramontano   Engineer
Kieran Lynch   Engineer
Alex "Condor" Aligizakis   Engineer
David "Sparky" Hughes   Engineer
Lou Kregel   Field Recording
Robbie Wootton   Production Liason

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