New Adventures in Hi‐Fi

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New Adventures in Hi-Fi is the tenth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M. It was their fifth major label release for Warner Bros. Records, released on September 9, 1996, in Europe and Australia and the following day in the United States. New Adventures in Hi-Fi was the last album recorded with founding member Bill Berry (who left the band amicably the following year), original manager Jefferson Holt, and long-time producer Scott Litt. It is also their longest studio album to date.

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi CD 14 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) 9362-46320-2 093624632023
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 8 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) 9362-46320-1 093624632016
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi CD 14 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) 9 46320-2 093624632023
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi CD 14 WEA Records (imprint of Warner Records International: lower-case “wea” with “records” below), Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) 9362463202 093624632023
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi CD 14 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) CDW 46320 093624632023
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi CD 14 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) 9362-46436-2 093624643623
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi CD 14 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) WBCD 1851 6001491375725
New Adventures in Hi-Fi CD + DVD-Audio 14 + 29 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.) R2 73950 081227395025
New Adventures in Hi‐Fi Digital Media 14 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across.)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Bittersweet Me
E-Bow the Letter
Electrolite
How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us
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Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/master/57850 [info]
Wikidata: Q1508334 [info]
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lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/R.E.M.:New_Adventures_In_Hi-Fi_(1996) [info]
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One of REM's strengths is their urge to push themselves creatively. Having ascended to rock's global elite in the early '90s they could have relaxed into the usual superstar routine of touring followed by recording. Instead after a long break, when they did eventually tour the world again they decided to write and record an album while on the road.

New Adventures is the result. It's much better than the preceding Monster. Monster marked the return of Peter Buck's appetite for loud electric guitars after the acoustic period of Out of Time and Automatic For The People, but it tried too hard and didn't have enough good songs.

New Adventures rocks out too, but is much more relaxed and successful. Recording the songs live and at sound checks is a shrewd move as this rough and ready approach makes the material feel fresh and alive. The Wake Up Bomb rocks like a mother while Undertow swaggers along on overdrive and thrilling waves of feedback. On Departure, an enjoyable three chord thrash, and Binky The Doormat the band are having fun and it's thoroughly infectious.

New Adventures also features half a dozen songs recorded in the studio. These show range, depth and quality. How The West Was Won sounds like Pere Ubu (always a compliment in my book), New Test Leper is genuinely touching. E-Bow The Letter is the stand out track, a classic: experimental yet gorgeous.

In fact, the only thing wrong with New Adventures is that it's just a bit too long, with a couple of below-par tracks (in particular the turgid Leave). This was to become a significant problem in the next phase of the band's career as they lost focus when Bill Berry left. But remove the filler and this is a very good album, perhaps even the last great REM album.