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REM Succumbs(A collection of videos by the band REM)
23 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hope I don't attempt this again, or at least not until I get better at writing reviews. I saw this REM video collection did not have a review so I'm picking on it.

The first part of the video collection is just far out, and I know that's a phrase right out of the 60's. The songs are from the first three REM albums and they all center visually around the band constructing windmills and/or mobiles out in a field. At times we see a man possibly in his late 50's in overalls. Besides the wind-driven wooden structures the band put up crosses. The very first song on the tape is "Radio Free Europe" and it's apparent that the "wind garden" has been finished already.

The first videos are not beautiful, optically speaking, but the effect is nice, for some odd reason. Next up after the primitives is "Can't Get There From Here", a sterling video that meets up to today's digital standards.

On this collection is the rave new wave "Feeling Gravity's Pull". This video is "dirty" or visually dissonant. I think that it's intentional. Seems to work well. Last song on "Succumbs" is "Don't Fall On Me". Before the weight can leave the air.


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