R.E.M. - Around The Sun (CD)

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Media Type
Around The Sun
Country of Origin
South Africa
Warner Brothers
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Leaving New York
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Electron Blue
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] The Outsiders
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Make It All Ok
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Final Straw
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Wanted To Be Wrong
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Wander Lust
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] The Boy In The Well
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Aftermath
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] High Speed Train
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Worst Joke Ever
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] The Ascent Of Man
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Around The Sun
Pop / Rock
Release Date
1 October 2004
South Africa
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Video Disabled
  1. R.E.M.
Date Released
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REM released their thirteenth studio album, Around the Sun, late last year. And while many expected a very political album (considering the tumultuous US political scene), what they got was an offering in which the political is personal – an album where the band doesn’t come across as angry, but rather disheartened. In fact, many of the songs actually dwell on the aftermath of shattered relationships; the emotions experienced when you realise that love has run its course. Ever since drummer Bill Berry retired from the band, REM have been struggling to get back to the level they reached with 1992’s Automatic for the People. But unlike their last two albums, Reveal and Up, Around the Sun actually comes close to that classic REM sound. It’s a very slow, roundabout CD, and, unfortunately, it’s difficult to find it more than a collection of glum, mid-tempo songs that leave you feeling rather dejected. The absolute highlight on the album is the first single, Leaving New York. On the surface it is a love song (about heartache and break-up), but it’s also successful on a political level, making a statement about the Bush Administration. Other stand-out tracks include I Wanted To Be Wrong, The Ascent of Man, Boy in the Well and The Worst Joke Ever. Many critics have agreed that Around the Sun is memorable for being entirely unremarkable. But, that doesn’t make it a bad recording. This isn’t an album with shiny happy people holding hands and laughing their way through these tracks. Instead, you will find life’s walking wounded, looking for a shoulder to lean on as they search for stability and truth in an uncertain world. A personal and very mature album that fans will enjoy.

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