Talk about false dawns. The warm reviews and huge sales that greeted last year's greatest hits album suggested that REM were due a triumphant comeback, as did the strong singles Bad Day and Animal and their bold return to the political fray. But it's impossible to square those good omens with Around the Sun's subdued AOR. The CD cover, portraying a blurry, indistinct Stipe, Buck and Mills, turns out to be an all-too-accurate reflection of the music.
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