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R.E.M. – Up (1998/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

R.E.M. – Up (1998/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 (192) kHz | Time – 64:33 minutes | 935 MB | Genre: Rock, Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Concord Records

R.E.M. returned with Up in 1998, the much anticipated first recording by the band’s new three-man lineup. Musically ambitious, melodically rich and filled with provocative new textures and sounds, Up marked the beginning of a bold new creative era for one of the world’s finest bands. It was certified gold by the RIAA in 1999.

New Adventures in Hi-Fi functioned as the starting point for Up, R.E.M.’s first album without drummer Bill Berry and their first that truly repudiates the legacy of jangle pop. Up is dominated by keyboards, muted percussion, buried guitars, and moody melodies – only “Daysleeper” finds the group in familiar sonic territory. What’s striking about the album is that it doesn’t sound like a dramatic departure; even without the ringing guitars, it sounds like R.E.M., albeit R.E.M. trying to be adventurous and hip. To a certain extent, that’s a good thing, since it proves that the band has developed a signature sound more elastic than many would have predicted, and that they are skilled enough to successfully take risks with their sound. Above all else, Up is an accomplished and varied record, the work of smart record-makers. It is also the work of veteran musicians – for the first time, R.E.M. sound like they’re playing catch-up, trying to keep their hip status intact. Occasionally, they pull it all together, as on the ominous opener “Airportman” and the darkly seductive “Suspicion,” but they stretch their capacities to the breaking point nearly as often, as on the Pet Sounds pastiche “At My Most Beautiful,” which comes off as second-rate High Llamas. Most of Up, however, falls in between those two extremes, winding up as self-consciously moody, down-tempo songs that fail to make an impression because they either don’t take enough chances or they fail to speak directly – they are simply well-crafted tracks that are easy to admire, but hard to love. Ultimately, that is what distinguishes this new incarnation of R.E.M.

01 – Airportman
02 – Lotus
03 – Suspicion
04 – Hope
05 – At My Most Beautiful
06 – The Apologist
07 – Sad Professor
08 – You’re In The Air
09 – Walk Unafraid
10 – Why Not Smile
11 – Daysleeper
12 – Diminished
13 – Parakeet
14 – Falls To Climb

Please note: Tracks “5 & 11” is 24bit/192kHz.


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