Although R.E.M. called it quits eleven years ago, the Georgia-bred band’s fanbase is as ravenous as ever, hanging on each member’s every move.
Sometimes, the music we love is subject to immense exposure, and other times, it’s a bit more under the radar. Regardless, exposure does not equal quality, nor influence. And when it comes to Athens indie rock staples, Love Tractor, if one thing is certain, they’ve got the latter two in spades.
Overall, I feel Lifes Rich Pageant was a major cog in R.E.M.’s transition to more mainstream success. This allowed them to explore themselves further artistically, as such, it’s why I feel it is most likely their most important album.