Peladophobia is the irrational fear of bald people. Someone suffering from this condition can expect to experience a very high amount of anxiety from merely thinking of bald people, let alone actually seeing them in real life. In fact, their anxiety may be so intense that they may even endure a full blown panic attack as a result of it. Although such an influx of anxiety will not always be the case for everyone suffering from peladophobia, it is still very plausible to occur nonetheless.
I would never call them underrated, but it's shocking how many people I've seen brush off this band as irrelevant and part of the past. I'm sure R.E.M. would've maintained their godlike status if they stopped making music at the turn of the millenium
I agree ATS is their worst album, but is it really that bad? I mean its got so many fantastic songs on their (along with some very very bad ones). "The Ascent of Man","Aftermath", "Electron Blue" and "Final Straw" are all top tier R.E.M. songs. I'd still give it 3/5.
I don't even consider it their worst (they have no bad albums so picking a 'worst' is a really difficult task), and I definitely think most of it at the very least good, and like you said, with some awesome stuff (I'd add Leaving New York, The Outsiders, and the title track to your list). The three records they did with Pat McCarthy will always filter those people who can't handle music that's subtler than a loud electric guitar, but if you have ears for softer music, its virtues will be apparent to you with enough openminded listening. It has that beautiful, atmospheric quality that Reveal also had, and also has their usual talent for writing interesting melodies and hooks from front to back. All of their trio records are underappreciated, but Up, Reveal, and Around the Sun are most in need of positive reevaluation.
1910= REM started 1920-1950=classical REM 1960-1970=golden age of REM for old singles 1980=perfect age for REM 1990=improved good REM and also the year for grunge and drum machines 2000= REM is still good and pop songs started to appear 2001-2006=REM is changing 2007=pop REM but good and relaxing like Electron Blue 2008=some crappy REM songs is starting to appear 2009=crappy REM is spreading 2010=you gotta be kidding me this isnt REM Collapse Into Now 2011=R.I.P REM goodbye...
That's me in the quarantine
That's me in the Burger King
Getting my vaccination
Trying to keep up with your booster shots
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've eaten too many Impossible Whoppers
I haven't said enough about the Impossible Whopper
I thought that I heard you masking
I thought that I heard you social distance
I think I thought I saw your vaccine passport
Люблю их, особенно ЭМОподобный Automatic for the People и по-настоящему роковый Monster. Хоть радиостанции и сделали всё, чтобы Losing My Religion возненавиделась так же сильно, как Шизгара сами-знаете-кого.
В очередной раз переслушал дискографию и, таки да, группа одного хита, стоящего особняком посреди всего остального творчества, но при этом первые два альбома хороши, а дальше всё выпущенное вплоть до 1994 года я смело вынес бы на помойку (ну и с 1994 по Around the Sun включительно просто приятная музыка для фона, хотя и с огромным количеством самоповторов).