To me, it's also their best album. On earlier albums like , he sounded nasal and mumbly. It pulls together all of their strengths, but it's not just a look backward. This album was recorded all over the place. Like the moving landscape outside the car window, the mood is restless, always moving, allowing one to look at it from different angles over many listens. The bonus dvd is very good, would've liked some of the music videos and a longer interview with the band. The chorus is a declaration of friendship that seems to dissipate uncertainly.
The 14 songs range from hushed acoustic to full-on electric, from studio recordings in Seattle to an acoustic jam in a Philadelphia bathroom. Other groups prefer to record in short, concentrated bursts in order to preserve first-take instincts and on-the-floor live energy. If you are a collector you probably already have this. Michael Stipe's voice is so naked and the lyrics dive into the bloodstream where they live and reign. I know I had read somewhere that, with their first effort for Warner Bros.
But perhaps more important, the album's sonic variety conveys the turbulence of travel. As a rock album, it's a great listen and a true return to form for the band. Instead, the mind-warping nature of movement — how it creates emotional and spatial disorientation, not to mention uncertainty — is much more profound. It may not have been the end of the world, but it was most certainly the end of R. We discussed making an album of on-the-road stuff a year and a half before we went on the Monster tour.
I do think I can hear a slightly more refined soundfield though. Product Description After finishing the Monster tour with a huge quantity of newly written material, R. All in all, I'm glad i bought it. Naturally, the record's lyrics also contain plenty of references to traveling. The record does feel underrated, however, mainly because extracurricular distractions e. Your life will be better for it. Volatile and eclectic, the music within took off in myriad directions.
This is very much a transitional album, its feel somewhere between the chamber-folk sweep of Out of Time and Automatic for the People and the distortion-pedal party that raged on Monster. The new edition is pretty good, I love the design of the booklet and info on the making of the album. The protagonist is overwhelmed rather than frightened by the vastness of the world and extraordinarily grateful to be alive. Now I have two versions, this one and the cd. There is something for everyone on here.
I still listen to this album constantly, it never gets old to me, each time it adds new emotion to a moment I was feeling and one of those 14 songs just grabs my attention, pure brillance. Not only are all of 's lyrics on the album about moving or travel, the sound is ragged and varied, pieced together from tapes recorded at shows, soundtracks, and studios, giving it a loose, careening charm. Most famously, Bill Berry was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm when the tour swung through Lausanne, Switzerland, though Mike Mills also later required abdominal surgery to remove an intestinal adhesion during further European dates in July, and Michael Stipe was forced into emergency surgery to repair a hernia: this latter procedure somehow taking place without the need to postpone any of the scheduled shows. Anyway, pick it up in some form. This is more of a Rock record, with often a faster, sometimes heavier sound than most of the previous efforts with Warner Bros. I listen to this album and it paints so much emotion for me. Astonishingly, the band were arguably at their most creative while they were riding out these vicissitudes.
As it turned out, Stipe had no intention of breaking away from the fold, but things nonetheless changed dramatically within the R. Mike Mills is the piano man on this album and his bass strides along for the ride, Undertow and E-bow the letter, also having Patti Smith sing on the album adds for some ghostly pressence. . Associated Press articles: Copyright © 2016 The Associated Press. Buck and Mills sound more organic on this record.
Accordingly, the album has continued to lobby for recognition and has long since earned its reputation as R. Stipe had implored the band not write anymore R. The jangly rhythm could have fit on any of their eighties albums, but again, the guitar itself sounds better, stronger, and richer, and Stipe's vocals add layers of nuance to the lyrics that were never there before. He earnestly attempts to explain himself and is browbeaten by the host, other guests, and audience. I purchased the cd in 2001 and this one 6 years later. During its decades-long career, R.