Monster [CD & DVD Audio]

Monster [CD & DVD Audio]

by R.E.M.R.E.M.


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Monster is indeed R.E.M.'s long-promised "rock" album; it just doesn't rock in the way one might expect. Instead of R.E.M.'s trademark anthemic bashers, Monster offers a set of murky sludge, powered by the heavily distorted and delayed guitar of Peter Buck. Michael Stipe's vocals have been pushed to the back of the mix, along with Bill Berry's drums, which accentuates the muscular pulse of Buck's chords. From the androgynous sleaze of "Crush With Eyeliner" to the subtle, Eastern-tinged menace of "You," most of the album sounds dense, dirty, and grimy, which makes the punchy guitars of "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and the warped soul of "Tongue" all the more distinctive. Monster doesn't have the conceptual unity or consistently brilliant songwriting of Automatic for the People, but it does offer a wide range of sonic textures that have never been heard on an R.E.M. album before. [Monster was reissued as part of Warner's 2005 R.E.M. reissue series. Each album was presented in a double-disc digipack, containing a CD on the first disc and a DVD-A version of the album on the second. The DVD for Monster includes a 5.1 Surround mix of the album, a "video documentary," lyrics, and a photo gallery, but none of the promo videos from the album.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227394929
catalogNumber: 73949


Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Peter Buck   Group Member
Mike Mills   Group Member
Michael Stipe   Desaccordee,Group Member
Bill Berry   Group Member
Bertis Downs   Group Member
Jefferson Holt   Group Member

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Engineer
Craig Anderson   Authoring
Peter Buck   Composer
Spencer Chrislu   Authoring
Jeff DeMorris   Engineer
Mark Gruber   Engineer
Gilbert Kaufman   Liner Notes
Scott Litt   Producer
Patrick McCarthy   Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Producer
Michael Stipe   Composer,Art Direction
Bill Berry   Composer
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Chris Bilheimer   Art Direction,Screen Design
Victor Janacua   Engineer
Robin Hurley   Executive Producer
David Dieckman   Authoring
Jeffery Rivers   Drum Technician
David Colvin   Engineer

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Monster 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is an example of R.E.M.'s beautiful artistic talent as musicians. From start to finish, this album has insane, yet not overpowering drive to it. If you like Stipe's film productions, you will love this album. It is one of American music's all time greats!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It just doesn't sound like REM. Kenneth is the only good song on the disc, and it hasn't inspired me to put the disc in a CD player for at least 2 years
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge R.E.M. fan but I'd have to say this is a huge mess, and one of the most overrated albums of the 90's. R.E.M. are great at doing what they do best, but here the ideas they have just don't work like some of their other albums like Reckoning or Automatic for the People. The album after Monster, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, is a great album though.
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