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What's the story?
There will be endless discussion in online fan newsgroups about whether R.E.M. chose the best songs for their greatest hits CD, IN TIME. Whether or not you agree with these selections, you'll find nicely written background information about each song, along with artistically grainy photos, in the accompanying booklet -- sure to be a fan-pleaser. Since this is a \"best of\" compilation, there are no surprises; rather, the songs reflect the audience-tested favorites. Younger children may have some trouble with the poetic, metaphorical lyrics. Older teens will be enchanted by them. From a dealing-with-depressed-and-lonely-teenagers viewpoint, the song \"Everybody Hurts\" is nothing short of heroic, with its message of you're-not-alone hopefulness.
Is it any good?
If you and your kids already love R.E.M., you'll find enough familiar musical moments to be satisfying. For new listeners, In Time is a fine sampler of R.E.M.'s work between 1998 and 2003. The absent songs tell their own story, which is that you can probably expect a Volume Two sometime, including hits omitted here such as "The One I Love" and "End Of The World."