Short, sharp and frank reviews from a confessed vinyl junkie. I'll be posting my most loved records and most recent purchases right here for your perusal every week.
Brand new re-release of Georgia's most famous sons' tenth studio album. Cited as Michael Stipe's favourite from the bands sublime back catalogue, I certainly agree with the legendary frontman.
The last album to feature founding member Bill Berry, the record has a sombre beauty throughout; it's far less poppy and immediate than previous albums Automatic For The People and Monster and therein lies its mystery. There are no bright colours here; everything is in black and white; this isn't Disneyland America. This is the weird, wonderful and sometimes dark USA.
This album also soundtracked a solo trip to South America back when I was in my twenties, so it will always have a special place in my heart. The two standout tracks are not only my favourite R.E.M. tracks, but they're up there with the best of them, 'E-Bow The Letter' and 'Leave' are a lesson in 'How to make perfect road trip music'. An outstanding album from an outstanding band.
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