Reveal -- Limited Edition

Reveal -- Limited Edition

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


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More than 20 years into their long, strange trip, the lil' ol' band from Athens has cast itself as the ultimate survivor. Having outlasted "college rock" -- not to mention "jangle rock" and "alternative rock" -- R.E.M. has continued to turn out inherently challenging music. Reveal is no exception. Considerably more confident sounding than Up, the band's first album without founding member Bill Berry, Reveal carries more sonic heft and a bit less of the hazy experimentalism than that last effort. At once complex and easily penetrated, songs like "Beachball" and "Summer Turns to High" recall the teenage symphonies of Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds era. Like that milestone disc, Reveal keeps big guitars to a minimum. While that can be kind of a drag for fans who'd like to hear Pete Buck really cut loose -- "All the Way to Reno" conveys quite a bit of the soaring spirit that marked R.E.M.'s mid-'80s work -- the buoyant vibe of songs like the synth-driven "The Lifting" and the swooning, orchestrated "Imitation of Life" is awfully hard to resist. No, this isn't the R.E.M. of bygone days, but the band has transcended its past by always moving forward. It's refreshing to watch a band so entrenched in the public consciousness do some middle-aged growing up in public.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0093624794622
catalogNumber: 47946
Rank: 40850


  1. The Lifting
  2. I've Been High
  3. All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)
  4. She Just Wants To Be
  5. Disappear
  6. Saturn Return
  7. Beat A Drum
  8. Imitation Of Life
  9. Summer Turns To High
  10. Chorus And The Ring
  11. I'll Take The Rain
  12. Beachball

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey   Musician
Peter Buck   Band,Musician
David James   Strings
John Keane   Musician
Marcus Miller   Strings
Michael Stipe   Band,Musician
Ken Stringfellow   Musician
Joey Waronker   Musician
David Agnew   Woodwind
Jamie Candiloro   Musician
Annette Cleary   Strings
Eileen Murphy   Strings

Technical Credits

John Keane   Engineer
Patrick McCarthy   Producer,Engineer
R.E.M.   Producer,String Arrangements
Michael Stipe   Packaging
Bertis Downs   Advisor
Jamie Candiloro   Engineer
Chris Bilheimer   Packaging
Zach Blackstone   Engineer
Dean Maher   Engineer
Johnny Tate   String Arrangements
Christine Tramontano   Engineer

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