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After finishing the Monster tour with a huge quantity of newly written material, R.E.M. quickly began the task of transforming it into an album. The result is New Adventures In Hi-Fi, the most dramatic and wide-ranging musical statement the group have ever made. The 14 songs range from hushed acoustic to full-on electric, from studio recordings in Seattle to an acoustic jam in a Philadelphia bathroom. Both spontaneous-sounding and intensely focused, the album represents the band at the pinnacle of their creative powers. Certified gold by the RIAA. (6/93)
New Adventures, despite its studiocentric title, is a snapshots-from-the-road record in the tradition of Neil Young's
Time Fades Away and Jackson Browne's
Running on Empty. Like them, it captures a where-am-I-and-why ambience, even with its concert and sound-check material reworked in post-tour sessions. This is very much a transitional album, its feel somewhere between the chamber-folk sweep of
Out of Time and
Automatic for the People and the distortion-pedal party that raged on
Monster. It's the work of a band pretty near its peak consolidating familiar sounds and styles while tinkering with the edges.