I realize this has turned into more of a "hate" R.E.M. thread than a "love" one, but I'm still in the latter camp. If anyone else is, too, you might be interested in the 16-part blog series that Bryce and I recently did on them. One post for each of their full studio albums, plus a wrap-up post at the end. All the photos are taken by me, from my collection, but each blog post features a back-and-forth discussion between the two of us, Bryce's text aligned to the left and mine aligned to the right.