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Monster (1994)

R.E.M.
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Alternative rock

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Monster is the ninth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1994 on Warner Bros. Records. Co-produced by the band and Scott Litt, Monster was an intentional stylistic shift from the group's preceding albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), consisting of loud, distorted guitar tones and simple song arrangements. Singer Michael Stipe's lyrics dealt with the nature of celebrity, which he sang while assuming various characters. Led by the single "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", Monster debuted at number one in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The band promoted the record with its first concert tour since 1989.
Early in 1993, the members of R.E.M. convened a four-day meeting in Acapulco, Mexico, to devise a plan for the next two years. The group settled on a plan for 1994 through the end of 1996, which included recording a new album and touring behind it. Drummer Bill Berry was particularly eager to tour (which the band had not done since 1989), and was insistent that the album "rock". The band agreed that after Out of Time and Automatic for the People they did not want to make another slow-paced album.
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Tracks

3:41 King of Comedy
3:28 I Don't Sleep, I Dream
3:08 Star 69
3:50 Strange Currencies
5:30 Bang and Blame
4:03 I Took Your Name
3:28 Let Me In
4:15 Circus Envy
4:54 You
4:13 Tongue
4:41 Crush With Eyeliner
4:00 What's the Frequency Kenneth?
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