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Sunday, December 15 2013

The 25 Best Album Re-Issues of 2013

From '90s-era defining musical heroes and legendary singer-songwriters to the great soul and jazz artists of the '60s and glorious '70s rock, 2013 was a great year for new re-issues and compilations.


Wednesday, December 28 2011

The 2011 Artists of the Year

This year's top artists are a diverse lot represented by two of the world's biggest pop divas, a plethora of critically adored indie faves, some new talents emerging from the hip-hop underground, a couple of veteran Americana acts, and a few alt-rock legends among many more.


Wednesday, October 5 2011

R.E.M's 'Out of Time' Over Time

On Out of Time, R.E.M. wasn't too big to be cool -- yet.


Thursday, September 29 2011

The Year Alternative Went Massive and Defined a Decade

Above all else, musically 1991 will forever be remembered as the year alterna-rock conquered the masses. PopMatters explores how alternative became the dominant form of rock music in the '90s.


Wednesday, September 21 2011

R.E.M.: The Greatest American Band. Ever.

Where R.E.M -- like any band -- really distances themselves and makes their true case for greatness is in the lesser-known and semi-obscure songs.


Columns

Thursday, January 23 2014

What Will We Become? R.E.M.'s "Driver 8"

In 2008 Michael Stipe introduced "Driver 8" as "a song that represents the dream of the United States of America and what it may become in the next three days." What did he mean, and has that dream come true?


Reviews

Monday, June 16 2014

R.E.M.: Complete Rarities - Warner Bros. 1988-2011

R.E.M. finally follow up Dead Letter Office with the orphaned Warner Bros. tracks. Prepared to be overwhelmed.


Sunday, June 15 2014

R.E.M.: Complete Rarities - I.R.S. 1982-1987

The legendary band allocates the oddities of their underdog years, shining a light on the scrappier side of R.E.M.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

R.E.M.: Unplugged 1991 & 2001 – The Complete Sessions

Too much Up and Reveal, not enough Murmur and Reckoning.


Tuesday, May 14 2013

R.E.M.: Green (25th Anniversary Edition)

R.E.M.'s major label debut found the group confronting the realization that it was becoming kind of a big deal, and the impulses to either carry on like normal or address the situation head-on proved to be equally enticing.


Thursday, September 27 2012

R.E.M.: Document (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

As before-and-after a dividing line as any band ever drew, and easily one of the top hundred albums of 1987. Now with more grainy photographs.


Blogs

Wednesday, August 27 2014

Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.


Monday, January 28 2013

R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" in a Major Key (video)

You don't have to be a music theory scholar to hear the difference.


Friday, January 20 2012

Counterbalance No. 65: R.E.M.’s 'Murmur'

This week’s look at the all-time most acclaimed albums talks about the passion, and the 1983 debut from the pride of Athens, GA. Combien de temps? Depends on how fast you read.


Wednesday, October 12 2011

Ranking R.E.M.: The 10 Best Albums

One author's farewell ranking of the top 10 R.E.M. LPs illustrates that some albums that were monster hits have not aged especially well, while another album entitled Monster has, and that the usual suspects remain indelible after all these years.


Friday, October 7 2011

Counterbalance No. 53: R.E.M.’s 'Automatic for the People'

For this week's Counterbalance, Klinger and Mendelsohn discuss Acclaimed Music's 53rd Greatest Album of All Time. Grab some beans or black-eyed peas, some Nescafe on ice, and join them.


News

Monday, September 26 2011

R.E.M. leaves behind career that balanced hits, integrity

R.E.M. broke up Wednesday, with an exit nearly as modest as its entrance. You couldn’t get much more humble than touring America


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