Monster

~ Release group by R.E.M.

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
Monster (WME, WE 833)CD12
  • XE1994-09-23
  • FR1994-09-23
  • DE1994-09-23
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-45740-2093624574026
Monster (reissue WME, WE 835)CD12
  • XE1994-09-23
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-45740-2093624574026
MonsterCD12
  • CA1994-09-27
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)CDW 45740093624574026
MonsterCD12
  • CA1994-09-27
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), Columbia House (direct-mailing distributor of club editions of releases)W2 4574077749912162102
MonsterCD12
  • US1994-09-27
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 45740-2093624574026
MonsterCD12
  • JP1994-10-10
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WPCR-1014943674010127
Monster (reissue, orange tray)CD12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-45740-2093624574026
Monster (Hardcover book)CD12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9362-45763-2093624576327
MonsterCD12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)WBCD 18026001491309928
MonsterCD12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across), BMG Direct Marketing, Inc.9 45740-2, D 106164[none]
Monster12" Vinyl12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)9 45740-1093624574019
MonsterCD + DVD-Audio12 + 25
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)8122-73949-2081227394929
Monster (hi‐res audio)Digital Media12
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)
MonsterDigital Media12
Concord Records00888072396159
MonsterDigital Media12
  • XW2016-04-01
Concord Records00888072396142
Monster (remastered)Digital Media12
Craft Recordings00888072125841
Monster (25th anniversary edition)4×Digital Media12 + 15 + 12 + 25
Craft Recordings00888072129207
Monster (remastered)Digital Media12
Craft Recordings00888072125858
Monster12" Vinyl12
  • US2019-11-01
Craft RecordingsCR00240888072111486
Monster2×12" Vinyl12 + 12
  • US2019-11-01
Craft RecordingsCR00239888072111493
Monster (25th anniversary deluxe edition)5×CD + Blu-ray12 + 15 + 12 + 14 + 11 + 50
  • -2019-11-01
Craft RecordingsCR00237888072111523
MonsterDigital Media12Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624574064

Relationships

associated singles/EPs:Bang and Blame
Crush With Eyeliner
Star 69
Strange Currencies
Tongue
What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
included in:Complete Studio Albums 1988–1996
Green / Monster
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/21320 [info]
lyrics page:https://genius.com/albums/Rem/Monster [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/R.E.M.:Monster_(1994) [info] (until 2020-09-21)
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gq63 [info]
other databases:http://musicmoz.org/Bands_and_Artists/R/R.E.M./Discography/Monster/ [info]
https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/r_e_m_/monster/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/40617/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000119158 [info]
Wikidata:Q1457873 [info]

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A confident, sublimely delivered collection of miniature masterpieces laid out in three chords and four minutes, Monster puts R.E.M. onto the musical map of the mainstream. The band's ninth full-length recording; this is their most convincing stab at the conventional 'rock' album format. it's essentially a two-man show: As Michael Stipe's laconic vocals slug it out with Peter Buck's garage-band guitar, the rest of the band effectively count the minutes till quitting time. With Let Me In a self-declared message to the recently-deceased Kurt Cobain, R.E.M. lock themselves once and for all into the world of everyday traditional rock 'n' roll.

Previous production habits conspire to lend much of the set a messy, confused mix, and deciphering the lyrics is still mostly mind-bendingly difficult; but, by opening with a brace of hook-filled killer tracks, and releasing both as pop-charting singles, the band manage to capture the attention of a new audience.

Although it continues to demonstrate R.E.M.'s informed, intellectual deconstruction of the blatant peculiarities of modern life in the Western world - peeking slyly into the underworld confusion of a paranoid assailant in What's The Frequency Kenneth?, before sneaking back to Bowie's basement to flirt with androgyny and omnisexual experimentation in Crush With Eyeliner - taken as a whole, it must be seen as a double-edged triumph. It guaranteed them international success and rewards beyond the dreams of avarice while condemning them to a career on the treadmill of bland but smart, US-friendly, market-tested rock, alongside Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads and Tom Petty.