Review of R.E.M. – Unplugged 1991 / 2001: The Complete Sessions (Warner Music Canada)

REmWhat is arguably most interesting about this Unplugged collection from alt.rock pioneers R.E.M. is hearing what a difference that ten years can make. The 1991 Unplugged show included here features a band whose commercial stature was on the rise, focusing on a relatively safe selection of hits like “Losing My Religion” and “Pop Song 89” among others. Ten years later however, commercial relevance wasn’t as important as paying homage to their career as a whole. Even though the 2001 Unplugged show is lighter on some hits, hearing classic R.E.M. tracks like “So. Central Rain” and “The One I Love” more than make up for it.