The Word On... R.E.M, Life's Rich Pageant (25th Anniversary reissue)

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The Independent Culture

"When you take away record sales and historical context and leave the plain sounds that come out of the speakers, there aren't many better products to be consumed than this album. Time has only been kind to 'Lifes Rich Pageant'."

"The grammatically challenged 'Lifes Rich Pageant' was their fourth long-player and, with hindsight, a watershed album residing on the cusp between the group's initial chiming-but-oblique garage-rock signature and the stadium-tailored sound of the albums with which they would seduce the world."

"Comes with a second disc, this time loaded with demo recordings... It's hard to imagine anyone getting excited about them for any reason other than completeness."