Monster

~ Release group by R.E.M.

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Monster CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9362-45740-2 093624574026
Monster CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases) W2 45740 77749912162102
Monster CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9 45740-2 093624574026
Monster CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) WPCR-101 4943674010127
Monster CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) CDW 45740 093624574026
Monster CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9362-45740-2 093624574026
Monster (Hardcover book) CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9362-45763-2 093624576327
Monster CD 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. 9 45740-2, D 106164 [none]
Monster 12" Vinyl 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 9 45740-1 093624574019
Monster CD + DVD-Audio 12 + 25 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 8122-73949-2 081227394929
Monster Digital Media 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) [none]
Monster (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 12 Concord Records 888072396159
Monster Digital Media 12 Concord Records 888072396142
Monster Digital Media 12 Warner Bros. Records (“WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across) 093624574064

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Bang and Blame
Crush With Eyeliner
Star 69
Strange Currencies
Tongue
What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000119158 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/21320 [info]
Wikidata: Q1457873 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Monster (R.E.M. album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/R.E.M.:Monster_(1994) [info]
other databases: http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/R.E.M./Discography/Monster/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/r_e_m_/monster/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gq63 [info]

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A confident, sublimely delivered collection of miniature masterpieces laid out in three chords and four minutes, Monster puts R.E.M. onto the musical map of the mainstream. The band's ninth full-length recording; this is their most convincing stab at the conventional 'rock' album format. it's essentially a two-man show: As Michael Stipe's laconic vocals slug it out with Peter Buck's garage-band guitar, the rest of the band effectively count the minutes till quitting time. With Let Me In a self-declared message to the recently-deceased Kurt Cobain, R.E.M. lock themselves once and for all into the world of everyday traditional rock 'n' roll.

Previous production habits conspire to lend much of the set a messy, confused mix, and deciphering the lyrics is still mostly mind-bendingly difficult; but, by opening with a brace of hook-filled killer tracks, and releasing both as pop-charting singles, the band manage to capture the attention of a new audience.

Although it continues to demonstrate R.E.M.'s informed, intellectual deconstruction of the blatant peculiarities of modern life in the Western world - peeking slyly into the underworld confusion of a paranoid assailant in What's The Frequency Kenneth?, before sneaking back to Bowie's basement to flirt with androgyny and omnisexual experimentation in Crush With Eyeliner - taken as a whole, it must be seen as a double-edged triumph. It guaranteed them international success and rewards beyond the dreams of avarice while condemning them to a career on the treadmill of bland but smart, US-friendly, market-tested rock, alongside Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads and Tom Petty.