R.E.M. are one of the most successful bands of the modern era, and their stream of acclaimed albums illustrates their importance as America’s greatest post-Springsteen export. Michael Stipe’s thinking person’s lyrics are almost buried by the band’s Byrds-like arrangements of the notable ‘Radio Song’ and ‘Shiny Happy People’. There are those that have criticized R.E.M. for stepping out of a parochial indie scene, but their impact in the 90s was as welcome as the Sex Pistols were in the 70s. Their catalogue is destined to endure as they are increasingly regarded as one of the all time best bands.
Tracks: Radio Song; Losing My Religion; Low; Near Wild Heaven; Endgame; Shiny Happy People; Belong; Half A World Away; Texarkana; Country Feedback; Me In Honey....