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  • I believe the general public and the critics must have been tired of R.E.M. when this came out or something.... Can't think of any other reason for why this record has been so hated, because it's quietly beautiful and stunning. I blew off some songs at first, but if you go back to the record and listen with an open mind then suddenly something clicks. Also Michael Stipe really nailed his lyrics on this one.
  • ATS passed me by. A number of good tracks, Boy in the Well, I wanted to be wrong, aftermath, but the rest was meh!
  • collection of really good songs, but altogether it is unbelievable tasteless and shallow. Strange.
  • Very underrated album indeed. I don't see how anyone in their right mind could think it compares unfavorably to Reveal, which I think is definitely their most over-produced and under-developed album (despite some a couple true gems like Beat a Drum). In contrast, Around the Sun contains no terrible tracks (i.e. Imitation of Life), and really has a more vibrant and organic sound compared to Reveal, even if it doesn't climb to the level of Up. And some of the songs (Boy in the Well, Leaving New York, The Ascent of Man) are among the best of their career. Don't take Peter Buck's word that this album is terrible - it's definitely not.
  • i like it so much!!
  • this cd is breathtaking <3
  • sure there are a few undeniable duds, but the good songs are really good imo.
  • Underrated... I don't understand all the hate
  • It's a shame the production/arrangements are so flat, cause there's a lot to recommend this one songswise. I heard it was recorded in breaks from touring the Best Of. Maybe if they'd had more time to work the songs out as a band it would have come to life a bit more, like some songs did when they finally got around to playing them live on the ATS tour
  • underrated

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