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R.E.M. — Discoverer
Album: Collapse Into Now
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6.3

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Total ratings: 191









Released: 2011
Length: 3:28
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Hey baby
This is not a challenge,
It just means that I love you
As much as I always said I did.

I was wrong.
I have been laughable wrong
Sandpaper, paper mâché, chalk, and hung out wet

Oh, the city and your skin
now, now, now, now, now, now, now.
I didn't have to be afraid,
I didn't have to feel so stupid
I can see myself, I can feel

That just the slightest bit of finesse
I might have made a little less mess
But it was what it was,
Let's all get on with it, now!

Discoverer!
Discoverer!
Discoverer!
Discoverer!
Laughing!
Discoverer!

Floating across Houston.
This is where I am.
I see the city rise up tall.
The opportunities. And possibilities.
I have never felt so called.
Remember the vodka espresso night of discovery
Remember that? Laughing! Discovery!

Oh how I look back and reflect.
How I felt it. How It set.
I don't have to feel so wrong,
now I wake up dreaming saffron, turmeric and brass.

Just the slightest bit of finesse
I might have made a little less mess
But it was what it was,
Let's all get on with it, now!

Just the slightest bit of finesse
I might have made a little less mess
But it was what it was,
Let's all get on with it, now!

Discoverer!
Discoverer!
Discoverer!
Discoverer!
Discoverer!
Comments (59)add comment
 romeotuma wrote:
Everybody just ran out of my hotel room screaming and waving their arms over their heads... oh, the horror of this song...
 
Hopefully no one jumped off the balcony?
(And yes, this song blows big time.)
 romeotuma wrote:

This is so bad I am embarrassed for the band...  maybe they will come to their senses on their next album...

 
 
Sorry RT. Doesn't look like another album is gonna happen.
This song hurts my ears. Keep Dancin !!



Everybody just ran out of my hotel room screaming and waving their arms over their heads... oh, the horror of this song...

 

yeah this is a 9.992 at best....  :p
 Krispian wrote:

Agreed. The song sucks.

 

I agree also.  And what's up with the 10's?  I guess I could be wrong, but a 10?
 sirdroseph wrote:

No. I have a funny way of judging songs. I listen to them and if I like them, I say I like them and if I think it sucks, I say it sucks. This is not rocket science people, I think this song sucks.

 
Agreed. The song sucks.

 Dave_Mack wrote:
Not good.  Chorus is particularly terrible.
 

I hate to see REM in decline like this......because I've always been such a huge fan. But their Muses have gone away.
Not good.  Chorus is particularly terrible.
 TerryS wrote:
Would we like this better if it was by some group called Pete and the Blowtorches?
 
No. I have a funny way of judging songs. I listen to them and if I like them, I say I like them and if I think it sucks, I say it sucks. This is not rocket science people, I think this song sucks.

Would we like this better if it was by some group called Pete and the Blowtorches?
 tutakea wrote:
again: what the f*** have they done to receive such hatred?

 
They've survived, evolved, and prospered. Yeah, they hit a period where they weren't at the top of the heap and had some backlash (U2's POP era by comparison, anyone?). Some fans, and mainstream non-fans, never get over it.

 olivertwist wrote:


Well, they certainly haven't aged well on that album cover. What horrible artwork. The distorted image makes all of them look like horror movie zombies!
 
You say that like it's a bad thing.  Actually, that is rather perfunctory-looking cover art, but I guess there's some concept behind it.


again: what the f*** have they done to receive such hatred?

This doesn't suck as much as REM songs have in recent years..
 Cynaera wrote:

 I really, really hate "Mine Smell Like Honey" - so, I'm agreeing with romeotuma.  This is not the R.E.M. I know and love.  Evolution is great, but when a group evolves to the point where it's reinventing fire, it's time to move aside and let other bands claim the mountain.  *sigh*  Off to listen to "Reckoning" again...
 


This is so bad I am embarrassed for the band...  maybe they will come to their senses on their next album...



 
 le_colonel wrote:

This isn't bad.

Surprisingly good actually coming from REM circa 2011.

7


{#High-five} I agree! It's not as bad as the naysayers would have us believe. 

 tfine wrote:
Sigh.  They have not aged well.
 

Well, they certainly haven't aged well on that album cover. What horrible artwork. The distorted image makes all of them look like horror movie zombies!
 romeotuma wrote:

As a fan of R.E.M.'s forever, I am not happy that I have to disagree with you...  this is no fun at all...  but their new album sux...  in fact, it is the perfect example of self-indulgence and egomania from a band well past its prime...  here is a review that exemplifies my own attitude about the new album...  again, I wish I agreed with you, and I have immense respect for your open-minded statement—

To paraphrase from R.E.M.'s catalog, new lead track "Discoverer" seems "Out of Time" and out of step with what the rest of the music world is doing in 2010... I guess I gave them a little too much leeway and tolerated how the band transformed from jangly, Byrdsian folk rockers into Michael Stipe's ever evolving showcase of meaningless non sequiturs and Peter Buck's pseudo experimentalism.

 

 
 I really, really hate "Mine Smell Like Honey" - so, I'm agreeing with romeotuma.  This is not the R.E.M. I know and love.  Evolution is great, but when a group evolves to the point where it's reinventing fire, it's time to move aside and let other bands claim the mountain.  *sigh*  Off to listen to "Reckoning" again...

Sigh.  They have not aged well.

This isn't bad.

Surprisingly good actually coming from REM circa 2011.

7



 That_SOB wrote:


RT this new album is getting great reviews and acclaim. Granted music is a personal thing (to your ears) but give it a few more spins round the old turntable and you may find you grew Happy Ears...  You know what they say about Rome, ok,  so I don't either,  but sometimes familiarity breeds Happy Ears ...keep the faith as REM has kicked ass for many years now.    {#Wink}

 


As a fan of R.E.M.'s forever, I am not happy that I have to disagree with you...  this is no fun at all...  but their new album sux...  in fact, it is the perfect example of self-indulgence and egomania from a band well past its prime...  here is a review that exemplifies my own attitude about the new album...  again, I wish I agreed with you, and I have immense respect for your open-minded statement—

To paraphrase from R.E.M.'s catalog, new lead track "Discoverer" seems "Out of Time" and out of step with what the rest of the music world is doing in 2010... I guess I gave them a little too much leeway and tolerated how the band transformed from jangly, Byrdsian folk rockers into Michael Stipe's ever evolving showcase of meaningless non sequiturs and Peter Buck's pseudo experimentalism.

 

 romeotuma wrote:


I love R.E.M., and it is shocking how bad this new album is...  such a disappointment...

 

RT this new album is getting great reviews and acclaim. Granted music is a personal thing (to your ears) but give it a few more spins round the old turntable and you may find you grew Happy Ears...  You know what they say about Rome, ok,  so I don't either,  but sometimes familiarity breeds Happy Ears ...keep the faith as REM has kicked ass for many years now.    {#Wink}



 romeotuma wrote:


I like the power chords in the chorus, but the iambic pentameter of the melody sounds most like a dog barking, and the lyrics suck...  I love R.E.M., and it is shocking how bad this new album is...  such a disappointment...

 

Ok, REM hangers on who still claim they are great, here is the absolute proof they are not, when they lose RT, they have truly lost it!{#Lol}
Excellent! We are mostly all on the same page! This blows chunks just like REM has for nigh on 20 years ago.....and they used to be so great.{#Sad}
Shouty and grating. R.E.M. are too old for this noisy nonsense. I am looking for some age-worn wisdom from Stipe et al these days, not middle-aged angry racket. I can do that part myself.
REM mailingit in on this one. Of course the fan boys will haill it as genius. Another mediocre song from a band that hasn't had a good one in quite some time.


I like the power chords in the chorus, but the iambic pentameter of the melody sounds most like a dog barking, and the lyrics suck...  I love R.E.M., and it is shocking how bad this new album is...  such a disappointment...

 Randomax wrote:
Could it be?  Has REM finally escaped their SCHMALTZY, COMMERCIAL period and gotten back to their cool roots?
 

No, their first five albums didn't sound like this at all.
it´s amazing how much really really stupid remarks are gathering here. of course, nobody NEEDS to like R.E.M., and nobody says you have to like this SONG.
but it sounds as if a lot of people think it´s just hip or cool to bash them. that´s ridiculous.
for me, the song sounds really okay at first hearing. i´m not yet sure if it is a masterpiece, but this will take some time, as with al good music: it does not give itself away at the first glance
I cant believe how bad this track is.  WTF happened to this band?
 coding_to_music wrote:
The guitar is really annoying

all the noise, half the melody

Its like they took their various previous riffs and sounds and put it into a blender, and got nothing better out of it...

Pretentious spinal tap phase of the career...

 
Hey!! WTF!?!?

Spinal Tap


 coding_to_music wrote:
Its like they took their various previous riffs and sounds and put it into a blender, and got nothing better out of it...
 
Yes, sounds very much like that. Only more on the annoying Monster and New Adventures in Hi-Fi side. Monster was a really bad experience for me....


I find it quite painful to discover - er - that the decline of one of my favorite bands continues.

I like REM, but I think they may be well past their prime these days.

They need to give art rock or something different along those lines a try.

I love the energy, but I think that the lyrics aren't as strong as some of their other songs.
Sounds like REM all found their collective balls again! Diggin' it.
The guitar is really annoying

all the noise, half the melody

Its like they took their various previous riffs and sounds and put it into a blender, and got nothing better out of it...

Pretentious spinal tap phase of the career...

i like this band because so many people hate them but so many love them.  don't want to stand in the middle, but i get both sides.
I'm just checking out the 4-song sampler from the REM website. Sounds like the old REM. I had lost interest in one of my all-time favorite bands but now they're back and I'm so happy!!!! I recommend that all you REM fans check out https://www.remhq.com/hqtv/audio.php.


NO
 paulmack wrote:
I actually like this.... Can't remember the last time I was impressed by a new REM song. Used to happen with every new song for me. Been a decade or two...
 
Agree!!

REPETITIVE!
No crush with R.E.M. - at all!

Stupid!


its a brave new world out there
Not too crazy about this latest REM.
REM made a top-career on 5 songs!

This is another one from their huge bullshit-pile!
Stipe is doing his shouty singing again! {#Clap} I agree this song sounds like something from the Monster or New Adventures in Hi-Fi era.

I'm a big R.E.M. fan, but this is unlistenable.  Clank!  Bill, make it go away..
Sounds like REM from the "Monster" era. Great!
I actually like this.... Can't remember the last time I was impressed by a new REM song. Used to happen with every new song for me. Been a decade or two...
Guitar! {#Guitarist}

The only thing I don't like about this song is the name. Discover..er, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. And it sounds like the name of an automobile. Introducing the new Ford Discoverer.

New R.E.M.! My ears perk up.
 Randomax wrote:
Could it be?  Has REM finally escaped their SCHMALTZY, COMMERCIAL period and gotten back to their cool roots?
 
Not quite.

Could it be?  Has REM finally escaped their SCHMALTZY, COMMERCIAL period and gotten back to their cool roots?
 kingfish2004 wrote:
Not bad,  want to hear the rest of the CD before I give a rating.
Did you note the release date?  2011? 
 
The whole CD is going to be released in 2011 but this track is a free download from the band's official website: https://remhq.com/.

Not bad,  want to hear the rest of the CD before I give a rating.
Did you note the release date?  2011? 
My favorite band in college, recording inspired music. I've been holding out hope for their return, but I guess all good things must come to an end.


I've got to add more R.E.M. to my music library.
Outstanding 1st listen - 9+
So fresh so good! Stipe strikes again!