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R.E.M. - Out of Time

R.E.M.: Out of Time (CD)



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Before Nirvana's NEVERMIND closed out the year with the unexpected commercial triumph of grunge rock, R.E.M.'s OUT OF TIME was the sound of alternative music circa 1991. The smash singles "Losing My Religion"--perhaps the only Top Five US single ever to feature the mandolin as its lead instrument--and "Shiny Happy People" were the commercial face of the album. Elsewhere, however, R.E.M. makes a point of moving away from expectations, resulting in intriguing experiments like the surprisingly funky "Radio Song" (featuring rapper KRS-One), the spoken-word ambient chill-out "Belong," and the self-explanatory "Country Feedback." Interestingly, the songs most immediately identifiable as "R.E.M. songs," the jangly rockers "Texarkana" and "Near Wild Heaven," are both sung by bassist Mike Mills. Though it was quickly overshadowed by AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE during the following year, OUT OF TIME remains a fascinating portrait of R.E.M. at a pivotal point in the group's career.

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R.E.M. (Music Performer)
R.E.M. (Producer)
Scott Litt (Producer)

Press Reviews

Included in CMJ's list of "Top 25 College Radio Albums of All Time CMJ (1/6/03, p.16)

Ranked #3 in Melody Maker's list of "Top 30 Albums of 1991" - "...A merry breakdown and a mighty breakthrough... Melody Maker (12/91)

10 - Classic - "...REM are back after a period of self-imposed reinvention, and OUT OF TIME is easily their most eclectic and wildly inspired album yet, although it is still very identifiably REM--a brand new book from a familiar author.... New Musical Express (3/16/91, p.30)

...Sing about love in a self-conscious era, R.E.M. toyed with its own sound--playing unfamiliar instruments, sometimes adding a string section--to create eccentric yet indelible songs... New York Times (1/1/92)

Included in Q's list of "50 Best Albums of 1991 Q

Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums of the 1990s Q (12/99, p.70)

Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's. Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.48)

Ranked #2 in Spin's list of "The 20 Best Albums Of 1991 Spin

...More textured, lighter, brighter, and poppier than 1988's GREEN....This album will nail it once and for all: They're no longer innovative, original, or particularly exciting in the way they used to be--but they are writing more consistently excellent songs... Spin (3/91)


Disc 1:

  1. Radio Song
  2. Losing My Religion
  3. Low
  4. Near Wild Heaven
  5. Endgame
  6. Shiny Happy People
  7. Belong
  8. Half a World Away
  9. Texarkana
  10. Country Feedback
  11. Me in Honey