By Chuck Arnold Carlos Greer
June 10, 2013 12:00 PM


With R.E.M. having ridden off into the alt-rock sunset, the silver-anniversary deluxe edition of their 1988 major-label debut feels more like gold. Green blooms from the jangle pop of “Stand” to the guitar stomp of “Orange Crush” and the folkie balladry of “You Are the Everything,” one of their most beautiful love songs. Plus a bonus disc from the Green World Tour—Live in Greensboro 1989—captures Michael Stipe’s act in all their ’80s glory. []