Lifes Rich Page ant (1986)

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With Lifes Rich Pageant, the REM wall of sound was built a lit­tle higher and the an­gu­lar, Gang Of Four-ish sound of their salad days re­placed with some sonic mus­cle. Ar­guably the strong­est ‘Side One’ of their 80s out­put, the band are trip­ping over hooks, like the spring-coiled Rick­en­backer in­tro of Be­gin The Be­gin and its stomp­ing bridge that seems to an­tic­i­pate fol­low-up track These Days, a thun­der­ing an­them backed with Stipe’s dec­la­ra­tion that ‘we are young de­spite the times!’. Cuya­hoga and Fall On Me set­tle things down with a suite of purl­ing folk-rock arpeg­gios, while Mike Mills’ vo­cal coun­ter­melodies trans­form the lat­ter’s cho­rus into pure gold.

Rec­om­mended track: These Days

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