Out of Time

R.E.M. - Out of Time
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Based on 6 reviews
1991 Ratings: #157 / 415
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Based on 194 ratings
1991 Ratings: #48
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March 12, 1991 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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REM are back after the period of self-imposed reinvention, and 'Out Of Time' is easily their most eclectic and wildly inspired album yet, although it is still very identifiably REM - a brand new book from a familiar author.
Coke Machine Glow

All told, it’s a fantastic if incohesive effort, often written off as foreplay for the Automatic juggernaut, but more than sturdy enough to stand on its own.

Rolling Stone

There are no treatises on ecology or foreign policy, no oblique strategies or hidden agendas. There doesn't have to be; all of that is implicit in the atmosphere of entropy, of things falling apart, that's evoked and detailed candidly, with glimmering beauty and unsurpassable sadness, on Out of Time.

Entertainment Weekly

Out of Time marks the end of the world as R.E.M. knows it, and they don’t feel so fine.


Out of Time is among R.E.M.'s best work -- a mature, balanced, graceful collection of pop songs quite different from Murmur and Reckoning. Buck, Berry, and Mills switch instruments frequently, keeping the music fresh and exciting.

I mean, I don't find this a bad record in fact it has quite a few solid songs and Near Wild Heaven which is underrated and Losing My Religion which is a classic just some songs I just can't fully engage in like Belong and the intor song and nothing truly stands out expect Losing My Religion and Near Wild Heaven.

Track Review

Radio Song 6.5/10
Losing My Religion 9/10
Low 7.5/10.
Near Wild Heaven 8.5/10.
Endgame 7/10
Shiny Happy People 7.5/10.
Belong 6.5/10
Half a World Away 7/10
Texarkana ... read more
"Out of Time" is a refined and eclectic album, it has many influences and a variety of sounds. If you exclude the almost embarrassing "Shiny Happy People" is an elegant album with the 90s distinct sound and many remarkable songs that make this record on of their best.

Highlights: "Losing My Religion", "Near Wild Heaven", "R.E.M / Half a World Away", "Texarkana"
R.E.M.'s "Out of Time" is a pretty solid, although extremely inconsistent, alt-rock album. R.E.M. really let their talents shine on some of the tracks on this album; "Losing My Religion" and "Texarcana" are prime examples of when it is at full bore. The vocals are great on these tracks, as are the lyrics and production; everything is pretty solid overall. However, quite a few of the other songs are really forgettable and boring. There are almost no qualities that ... read more
A very solid alternative rock album. I thought of reviewing this because I remembered the song "Losing My Religion" and wondered what album it was from. I really enjoy that song, and would argue it is the best on the album. Another highlight is definitely "Belong" which tells a unique story (I am a sucker for songs which include stories and talking) which keeps the listener engaged.

-Cover Art: (85/100)
Radio Song (feat. KRS-One) - 80
Losing My Religion - 100
Low - 75
Near Wild Heaven - 80
Endgame - 80
Shiny Happy People - 100
Belong - 75
Half a World Away - 80
Texarkana - 75
Country Feedback - 75
Me in Honey - 75

Destaques: Shiny Happy People e Losing My Religion
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Track List

  1. Radio Song (feat. KRS-One)
  2. Losing My Religion
  3. Low
  4. Near Wild Heaven
  5. Endgame
  6. Shiny Happy People
  7. Belong
  8. Half a World Away
  9. Texarkana
  10. Country Feedback
  11. Me in Honey
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