Out of Time

~ Release group by R.E.M.

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Out of TimeCD11
  • DE1991-03-08
  • XE1991-03-11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)7599-26496-2075992649629
Out of TimeCD11
  • US1991-03-12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 26496-2075992649629
Out of TimeCD11
  • JP1991-04-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCP-41954988014741958
Out of TimeCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CD 26496075992649629
Out of TimeCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)W2 2649677749740795602
Out of TimeCD11
Popron Musicpopron 50 139-2[none]
Out of TimeCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WBCD 17016001491155624
Out of TimeCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc. (BMG company that owned their direct marketing company/club editions)9 26496-2, D 124762[none]
Out of TimeCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)W2 264960208314168242
Out of Time12" Vinyl11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)1-26496075992649612
Out of TimeCassette11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 26496-4075992649643
Out of TimeCD11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)7599-26496-2
Out of TimeCD + DVD-Audio11 + 22
  • XE2005-02-28
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)8122-73951-2081227395124
Out of TimeCD + DVD-Audio11 + 22
  • US2005-02-28
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)R2 73951081227395124
Out of Time (hi-res audio)Digital Media11
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)[none]
Out of TimeCD11
  • JP2007-03-21
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-752834943674070619
Out of Time (25th anniversary edition)CD11
  • XE2016-11-18
Concord Bicycle Music (founded upon the merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, today known as Concord Music)888072004078888072004078
Out of Time (25th anniversary deluxe edition)3×CD + Blu-ray11 + 19 + 15 + 31
  • XE2016-11-18
Concord Bicycle Music (founded upon the merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, today known as Concord Music)00888072010253, CRE00233888072010253
Out of Time (25th anniversary deluxe edition)2×CD11 + 19
  • US2016-11-18
Concord Bicycle Music (founded upon the merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, today known as Concord Music)0888072010239, CRE 00231888072010239
Out of Time (25th anniversary edition, Mastered for iTunes)2×Digital Media11 + 19
  • US2016-11-18
Concord Bicycle Music (founded upon the merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, today known as Concord Music)888072013698
Out of Time (Mastered for iTunes)Digital Media11
  • US2016-11-18
Concord Bicycle Music (founded upon the merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, today known as Concord Music)888072013711
Out of Time (25th anniversary edition)2×Digital Media11 + 19
  • XW2016-11-18
Concord Records888072013612
Out of TimeDigital Media11
  • XW2016-11-18
Concord Records888072013704
Out of Time2×CD11 + 19Concord Bicycle Music (founded upon the merger of Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company, today known as Concord Music)00888072014909[none]

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Losing My Religion
Radio Song
Shiny Happy People
Texarkana
included in:Complete Studio Albums 1988–1996
part of:Grammy Award: Best Alternative Music Album nominees (number: 1992 winner) (order: 2)
Jaguaro: One Hundred Albums You Should Remove from Your Collection Immediately (number: 80) (order: 84)
The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever (number: 97) (order: 97)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/44148 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Rem/Out-of-time [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/pr3n [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/R.E.M./Discography/Out_of_Time/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/40623 [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/r_e_m_/out_of_time/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000690984 [info]
Wikidata:Q284854 [info]

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REM's career arc serves as a neat reminder to record labels ready to drop low-selling bands. Out Of Time was the Athens, Georgia band's seventh studio album and the one that launched them into the stratosphere.

It took two colossal hits in ''Shiny Happy People'' and ''Losing My Religion'' to boot the enigmatic foursome from the US college rock ghetto into the blinding light of pop superstardom, but the rest of the LP is also a rewarding listen.

''Near Wild Heaven'', sung by bassist Mike Mills, is a glorious, good-time blast of sunshine that recalls both The Cure in a light mood and The Byrds. It's like looking out of your window and seeing a perfect sunflower nodding at you in the summer breeze. ''Endgame'' on the other hand is an almost instrumental stroll down an auld English bridle path, assisted by mandolin and flugelhorn. But does this make the band court jesters?

Surpassing both of these is the almighty, desert thunder of ''Country Feedback''. It strolls into town on a tide of yearning pedal steel and exquisitely crafted feedback, like Neil Young sanding down Noah's ark. If it was a man it'd wrangle horses and wear a cowboy hat, full of regret. When frontman Michael Stipe croons 'It's crazy what you could have had', it's hard not to sigh.

Unfortunately, there are other reasons to sigh. It's a shame ''Low'' is so dreary and muted, like lethargy set in during recording. And ''Radio Song'' seems like a missed opportunity at this distance - why get then-massive rapper KRS1 to join you in the studio and then barely use him until the tune's fade?

It's certainly great but whether OOT is essential is down to which side of the fence listeners sit on regarding ''Shiny…'' and ''Losing…'' The truth is that both can be monumentally annoying in the wrong mood, but both are undoubtedly classic pop songs, the former as bright and fun as a day at the zoo, the latter a powerful string-drenched, mandolin-powered grapple with life, love, loss and belief. Between them the two sparkling 45's provide the most accessible moments on the record, itself a brilliant jumping-off point for REM novices.