New Adventures In Hi-Fi - WB 9 46320-1 - 1996
The album starts off fine with one of the album's finest tracks "How the West was Won " - it took a few listens for me to realize that this was actually a great song, and my first impression of the album as a whole was really q˙ite disappointing. But as if usually goes with R.E.M.'s music , it grows on you.
The album is less melodic than most of their albums, and it was not until the closing track "Electrolite" that I first found the qualities that I usually like in R.E.M. Fortunately other songs like the waltzy "New Test Leper", the Dylan inspired "E-Bow the Letter", the rocking "Departure" and the droning and distorted "Be Mine" soon began to stand out and became favourites on the album. A good album but not a favourite in R.E.M. context