“There Is No Way To Overstate How Passionately Some People Hate This Record”: In Praise of eMusic’s Clear-Eyed Appraisal Of The R.E.M. Catalog


One fear, as fine digital purveyors like Rhapsody and eMusic expand and mutate and more frequently generate fine music criticism of their own, is that they’ll shy away from, well, criticism — as they are literally in the music business, they’ll be loathe to talk trash even when trash-talk may be warranted. To assuage these concerns, here we have eMusic’s J. Edward Keyes, on R.E.M. Try and guess the record whose discourse begins, “To steal a line from Greil Marcus, ‘What is this shit?'”

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