The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Rhino/Warn­ers In 1987, with the re­lease of their mar­vel­lous Doc­u­ment al­bum, REM ful­filled their con­tract with in­die label IRS Records and be­gan shop­ping around for a new buyer of their wares. Sign­ing to Warner Bros for a re­ported $6 mil­lion and ¤12 mil­lion be­cause of the label’s al­lowance of to­tal creative freedom, REM re­leased Green in 1988 and en­tered Phase Two of their ca­reer. Ditch­ing the mi­nor key, mid-tempo tem­plates of pre­vi­ous al­bums for ma­jor key rock songs and a few acous­tic flour­ishes, Green stands as a piv­otal, game-changer for the band – not least be­cause it broke through com­mer­cially in Europe, which re­sulted in the frac­tur­ing of their “crit­ics-dar­lings” sta­tus. Re­mas­tered here for its 25th an­niver­sary (and adding as a bonus the Live in Greens­boro 1989 al­bum), Green still sounds like the semi-clas­sic it was on first re­lease – fine, ro­bust and ridicu­lously melodic. Down­load: Stand, Pop Song 89, You Are the Ev­ery­thing


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