R.E.M., Green (1988)
It’s become the thing to say – or maybe it was always the thing to say – that the first four or five R.E.M. albums are faultless or close to it and everything else is either bits’n’piece-y or redundant/flat out awful. Not true of course – I’d argue the band’s first decade is pretty great and certainly Green stands up; it’s not the start of the speed wobbles for the band. This is no great sell-out, this is no sham. It’s a great record. But then, I would say that – this is the first R.E.M. album I ever heard. I went back to the debut and everything between that and Green but only after I’d heard this. And so there’s that fondness, a nostalgia, an attachment to this. Recently I’ve been listening to the CD reissue (it comes with a bonus disc, a live gig from the time) but actually all that’s made me do is dig out my record and play it a few times. Great record. Loads of great songs. Great band. They probably should have called it a day about eight years earlier than they did. Certainly four or five at least. And they had one or two dud records but overall it’s an impressive body of work and this is still one of my favourite R.E.M. albums.
Sample Track: I Remember California
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