"Up" is a wonderful, gorgeous album. Absolutely up there with their best, and almost on a par with Automatic at times. "Behind the Sun" has its moments that match, but mostly dissappoints. I thought the last two albums were typical "veteran band tries to go back to the bread and butter, but realize you can only be young and hungry once" stuff, but were worthy efforts.I more or less stopped being a fan of R.E.M.'s new releases after Monster. I don't dislike that album as much as others seem to; I just kind of lost interest in them. I heard a couple of songs from Accelerate and bought that CD a couple of years ago. I guess I'm more of a fan of their "rock" albums. Anyway, I had never even heard New Adventures in Hi-Fi until I got the DVD-A a few days ago. I have to say that I really like it, content- and sound-wise. I gave it a 9.
Do not worry. I will be gentle. And I am non tinkered...I have Up DVD-A, but haven't listened to it yet (it being my favourite R.E.M. album) because I'm a little worried to be honest. And I'm very worried about getting Green. I hear that's the worst example of Elliot Scheiner's tinkering.