Reveal (R.E.M. album)

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Reveal
Studio album by R.E.M.
Released May 14, 2001 (2001-05-14)
Recorded May 2000
Vancouver, BC, Canada
August–October 2000
Dalkey, Ireland
October 2000
Athens, GA, USA
Genre Alternative rock
Length 53:43
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Patrick McCarthy and R.E.M.
R.E.M. chronology
Man on the Moon
(1999)
Reveal
(2001)
Not Bad for No Tour
(2001)
Singles from Reveal
  1. "Imitation of Life"
    Released: April 30, 2001 (2001-04-30)
  2. "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)"
    Released: July 23, 2001 (2001-07-23)
  3. "I'll Take the Rain"
    Released: November 19, 2001 (2001-11-19)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (76/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Blender 2/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune Positive[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Houston Chronicle B−[6]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[7]
NME 7/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 5.0/10[9]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[10][1]
Robert Christgau B−[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[13]

Reveal is the 12th album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 2001 on Warner Bros. After having adjusted to former drummer Bill Berry's departure and releasing Up to mixed response in 1998, R.E.M. released the more upbeat Reveal, co-produced with long-time collaborator Patrick McCarthy.

In 2002, R.E.M. allowed each track of the album to be remixed by different producers and members of the music industry. The resulting remix album, r.e.m.IX, was available as a free download from R.E.M.'s official website. In 2005, Warner Bros. Records issued an expanded two-disc edition of Reveal which includes a CD and a DVD, as well as the original CD booklet with expanded liner notes.

Music[edit]

The lead single, "Imitation of Life," became another U.K. Top 10 hit as well as the band's first number one single in Japan, but floundered at the bottom of the U.S. singles charts. Further singles from Reveal were "All The Way To Reno (You're Gonna Be A Star)" and "I'll Take The Rain." Building on examples from their previous album, Up, "Beat A Drum," "Summer Turns To High" and "Beachball" are musical homages to The Beach Boys, of whom both Mike Mills and Peter Buck are major fans.

The opening track, "The Lifting", is a prequel to "Daysleeper" from R.E.M.'s 1998 album, Up, and features the same character.[14]

Reception[edit]

Initial critical response to Reveal was positive ("Probably because it's more melodic than the one before," remarked Peter Buck[15]). At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 76, based on 20 reviews.[1] Q Magazine gave high praise to the album, awarded it the full 5 stars, and listed it as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[16]

With early comparisons to Automatic for the People, the critical reaction to Reveal was warmer than the notices which greeted Up in 1998, particularly in the UK where it reached #1 with healthy sales. In the United States, Reveal peaked at #6 (with 10 weeks on the Billboard 200) and was certified Gold (500,000 units).[17] The album was also certified Gold in Canada (50,000 units) in 2001,[18] and Gold in Germany (150,000 units).[19]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe.

Chorus Side
  1. "The Lifting" – 4:39
  2. "I've Been High" – 3:25
  3. "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" – 4:43
  4. "She Just Wants to Be" – 5:22
  5. "Disappear" – 4:11
  6. "Saturn Return" – 4:55
Ring Side
  1. "Beat a Drum" – 4:21
  2. "Imitation of Life" – 3:57
  3. "Summer Turns to High" – 3:31
  4. "Chorus and the Ring" – 4:31
  5. "I'll Take the Rain" – 5:51
  6. "Beachball" – 4:14

Reveal Advance 2001[edit]

The February 2001 master of Reveal differed from the March 2001 master of the album, which ended up being the final version. Compared to the official, the differences of the Reveal Advance 2001 disc include:

  • Two tracks that never made it to the finished version: "Fascinating" and "Free Form Jazz Jam".
  • An alternative version of "Beat a Drum" called "All I Want".
  • A longer version of "Imitation of Life".
  • A version of "All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a Star)" with an alternate ending, and simply titled "Reno".
  • Slightly different mixes and/or instrumental changes in "I've Been High" and "She Just Wants to Be".

Neither of the unreleased tracks or any of the alternative mixes have ever been released commercially. However, the band allowed the Murmurs.com fan community to offer downloads of "Fascinating", which had recently been covered by Fischerspooner.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[20] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[21] Gold 10,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Gold 50,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[23] Gold 25,000[24]
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[26] Platinum 130,000[26]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[28] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[29] Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 415,000[32]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[33] Platinum 1,000,000*

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

R.E.M.
Additional musicians
Technical personnel

References[edit]

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