Reveal - WB 9 47946-2 - 2001
The opening "The Lifting" is one of the punchier songs, and a great one too. The quiet ballad "I've Been High" is a moving song that seems get get better with everytime you listen to it. Another favourite is "She Just Wants to Be" with its quiet acoustic start and great chorus.
Musically there seem to be a lot of inspiration from Brian Wilson - "Beat a Drum", "Summer Turns to High" and "Beachball" are very good examples of this - all fine tracks. Though maybe not as high-profiled as classics like "Life's Rich Pageant" or "Out of Time" I would easily rank "Reveal" as one of REM's strongest and most consistent albums.