Been wanting to get this one ripped for a long time… As you know, I’m still on a huge REM kick because of Accelerate (oh man, yesterday at the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, I picked up Accelerate on Double 45 rpm LP!!! Can’t wait to rip that! There are about 3 songs on each side, this will totally change the way you hear this album… Mmm….). I really wanted to rip one of their under-appreciated newer classics, namely, 2001’s Reveal.
I’m not going to gain alot of indie/rock cred right now (not that I had much to begin with), but I’m one of the few people who really loved the last three albums, in fact, I consider them a trilogy of sorts (go ahead and try it, play all 3 back to back to back, nearly seamless). To me, Reveal is my favorite of the three, capturing an uplifting beauty of a perfect summery day.
What Handsome Furs Plague Park is to the 3am late-night aesthetic, Reveal is to the 3pm summery moment. It’s an interesting contrast and comparison (or my senility is growing at a faster pace than I thought). We played them back to back the other night while making home-made monsters (yeah, we are a weird little family, what of it?) and it was striking how they both captured a very particular moment, yet at a completely opposite time of the day. Now if you are wondering what part of thin air I pulled that comparison from, then you are obviously not a member of our little Vinyl Brigade and missed out on our last Members-only vinyl rip! Tsk-tsk..
Let’s get to it, as…