AOTY 2017
R.E.M. - Up
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1998 Ratings: #55 / 86
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
1998 Ratings: #33
October 26, 1998 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Pat McCarthy and R.E.M. / Producer
www.remhq.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

R.E.M. put on a brave face in the wake of Berry’s departure (and questions about their relevance in 1998), but Up is revealing in ways they may not have intended: It enters the future, but with a heavy heart.

80
Rolling Stone

For all the fun the band has with these different voices, the ultimate source and subject of Up are R.E.M. themselves.

80
Spin

Up´s lushly arranged tunes show off Stipe at his most, er, beautiful; narcissistic retreet into private space, a sel-indulgence for some celebs, is a necessity for him.

73
Coke Machine Glow

While it’s no classic, Up was a brave step into uncharted waters (Thom Yorke has gone on the record saying Kid A would have been impossible without it), and the last time R.E.M. really sounded like it was trying.

61
Pitchfork

With Up, R.E.M. proves that they're doomed to wandering the creative seas, looking for new sounds to explore. Sadly, when they find new sounds, they don't do enough with them, resulting in a distant, impersonal record.

50
AllMusic
What's striking about the album is that it doesn't sound like a dramatic departure; even without the ringing guitars, it sounds like R.E.M., albeit R.E.M. trying to be adventurous and hip.
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Track List
  1. Airportman 
  2. Lotus 3
  3. Suspicion 
  4. Hope 
  5. At My Most Beautiful 
  6. The Apologist 
  7. Sad Professor 
  8. You're In The Air 
  9. Walk Unafraid 
  10. Why Not Smile 
  11. Daysleeper 
  12. Diminished 
  13. Parakeet 
  14. Falls To Climb