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R.E.M. Up

Up

(1998), 7/10
Drummer Bill Berry left R.E.M. during 1997, a major upheaval for the group who’d had no lineup changes in their twenty years. In the tight knit group, Berry had shared composing the music with Peter Buck and Mike Mills; the group considered breaking up, but Berry made them promise to continue. While they continued, R.E.M. took a radical departure from the hard rock flirtation of the previous two records, with Mills primarily playing keyboards and Buck playing bass.

With its slow tempos and lack of approachable material, Up can be a difficult proposition, even though it contains plenty of strong material. Opener ‘Airportman’ is built around a minimalist repetitive riff that’s electronica influenced. On the other side, first single ‘Daysleeper’ is very much in a traditional R.E.M. vein, with acoustic guitars and a memorable chorus. ‘Lotus’ is just about the only upbeat track, ‘At My Most Beautiful’ is an enjoyable Beach Boys homage, while ‘Suspicion’ and ‘Falls To Climb’ are enjoyable melodies.

If you’re not turned off by slow pacing, Up is worth exploring, but it feels less effortless than most R.E.M. albums.

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