Monster turns 25
I vividly remember hearing the opening guitar riff on What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? on Mtv. Back then that platform was one of the main ways I found out about new releases. By this time, I was already a huge R.E.M. fan and eager to see where their 9th record was going to go. The video encapsulated a new direction for the band while also making a commentary to their fame. Monster came out during an interesting age of media and music and its analysis is sprinkled throughout the album. Despite it’s negative reception I immediately embraced its uniqueness and listening to it again, the songs hold up pretty strong. Definitely worth revisiting these songs again and the re-issue is physically beautiful.