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Monster (album) by R.E.M.

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Monster
Monster by R.E.M. (1994)
Overall rank: 936th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
73/100 (from 446 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1994 (31st)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (200th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (936th)

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R.E.M. bestography

Monster is ranked 9th best out of 34 albums by R.E.M. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 58 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 37,943.

R.E.M. album bestography « Higher ranked (715th) This album (936th) Lower ranked (1,100th) »
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Members who like this album also like: Automatic For The People by R.E.M., Nevermind by Nirvana and OK Computer by Radiohead.

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Average Rating: 
73/100 (from 446 votes)
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80/100
From Goliath
What's the Frequency, Crush and Bang and Blame are great tracks and these three dominate the album. Grungy sludgy feedback drenched rock that lacks the songwriting of the previous two albums and also not as good as New Adventures in HiFi.
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From Brandon8
I have a lot of respect for this band they showed a lot of guts releasing a straight up rock record and it totally rocks. Although they gave us a taste of what was coming with Drive on the previous album. A lot of good tracks but nothing beats the 1 2 punch.
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From Acktland
I've listened to REM since Murmur and Monster is possibly my favourite (maybe Document). It's a complete step change to both Out of Time and Automatic for the People but it's loud, brash, raw and wonderful. No matter how many times I listen to it, I pick up something new. The first time I listened to it, I was stunned and still feel the same way at every listen
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very underatted

for a public ( including me) that was wanting another Automatic for the People or Out of Time - this album came as a great disapointment at time of release

However listened to on its own merit or in the light of their other IRS works this is an amazing record

not a bad track on it - with some exceptional ones...... frequecy, crushed, bang, star and Let me in

truelly underatted
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90/100
Loud & proud that's Monster. The opening 3 tracks blow you away Kenneth, Crush & King Of Comedy. Then I Don't sleep brings it down a notch then skip Star 69 (unnecessary song) the next 3 tracks are a little quieter but right up there Strange Currencies, Tongue & Bang & Blame quickly followed by I Took Your Name. The final 3 tracks close the album the way it started Circus Envy must be one of their most underrated tracks absolutely mind blowing. A great R.E.M. album.
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I think a bittersweet listen for most R.E.M fans. Some fine songs but it seems they are starting to run out of ideas. Would be much better if filler tracks "King of Comedy" and "I Took Your Name" were left off. Still plenty to like here.
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80/100
Well having been a defender of this album against popular opinion for so many years but realising that for the last 15 years whenever I fancy lisening to R.E.M it's never Monster, I came on here to exhume some ghosts and finally admit it's not very good. Only to find popular opinion has changed it's mind and seems to regard Monster as an underrated classic. So I thought I'd give it another listen to try and crystallise my thoughts and I'll be goddamned if I didn't really enjoy it. In conclusion, Monster is not very good but I love it. Right I'm off to listen to The Stone Roses' Second Coming and see if I was right/wrong about that wonderful piece of crap.
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100/100
From Coconut
I love this album. One of their best!
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80/100
REM's follow up to the mega selling, automatic for the people. Monster, is certainly a very different beast. Released around the time that grunge, and the alternative American scene was all the rage, it's their big, dumb rock album, and it's excellent. It contains some of the band's greatest songs. What's the frequency, Kenneth?, is a fantastic opener, catchy and ballsy, crush with eyeliner, is also great, and mentions must also go to, king of comedy, and, bang and blame. It also features some of REM's most beautiful moments. Tongue, is lovely, and, let me in, is a touching tribute to Kurt Cobain. Because of the nature of the album, some songs do feel a little throwaway and lightweight. I don't sleep, I dream, star 69, circus envy, and, you, are all fine, but hardly essential, and, strange currencies, is just a rehash of, everybody hurts. Still, it's a very enjoyable record, and the right album for REM to have made at that point.
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From Boxyno1
A good album, but nothing completely special, aside from a couple of tracks.
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