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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

R.E.M. Calls It Quits

Today, September 21st, the Athens, Georgia, based band R.E.M. have announced that the band is breaking up. After a thirty-one year run and a number of amazing albums, they decided that it was time for a good thing to come to an end.

And while I haven't always been the hugest of fans, I do appreciate their musical contributions. Through my wife, who is a fan, I got to know their albums from the 80's and the 90's. This added quite a bit of great music to my library.

Here are the three album reviews I did from their 1980's offerings. Enjoy.

For R.E.M. - Murmur click here

For R.E.M. - Document click here

For R.E.M. - Green click here

1 comment:

Tendraftsdeep said...

For me, the official statement of "break up" was unexpected, but ultimately not surprising. Once lumped into the small number of "biggest bands in the world" list, REM's commercial success and overall exposure seemed to slowly slip and diminish over the last decade or so.

My favorite album by the band is "Automatic for the People", a pinnacle of maturity, reflection and nostalgic remorse.

It had seemed that the band was on an upswing around 2008 on the release of the critically acclaimed " Accelerate" album. A true return to the more aggressive sound and songwriting, hearkening back to the days of "Document" or "Green".


If everyone stays healthy,I'm sure we will probably see a reunion show or tour in the next 10 years. I wouldn't even rule out an album. One of the many traits of great music, it never dies