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Loveable despite its flaws

Music Review:?R.E.M. ‘Unplugged 1991/2001 The Complete Sessions’

June 5, 2014
By MATTHEW PARRISH - Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

R.E.M. seems like the perfect band to make an "Unplugged" album. Michael Stipe's emotive voice, Peter Buck's simple strumming and Mike Mills' melodic bass lines would appear to be the ideal mix for a stripped-down singalong. But the key to making a classic acoustic album isn't just in the parts, it's in the execution as well, and one of the most important elements is song selection. Since everything is quieter and, ironically, more amplified, the mood has to be set just right, with each song taking it to another level until an emotional climax is reached.



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