“Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage 1982-2011”

(Warner Bros.)


When R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe announced this past September that his band was calling it quits after nearly 30 years of performing, the public reaction was rather muted. Perhaps this wasn’t so surprising since despite all of their success, R.E.M. always maintained a bit of an “underground and waiting to be discovered by the masses” image. Stipe, a terrific vocalist and composer, never tried to be a larger than life leader of his band the way that Bono has helmed U2 and Mick Jagger has fronted the Rolling Stones.

“Part Lies” is a two-disc, forty-song package that compiles tracks from both the band’s early days on IRS Records, and from Warner Brothers, their recording home for the last 22 years. It is fun to hear “Radio Free Europe” and “It’s The End Of The World as We Know” alongside “Losing My Religion,” “Everybody Hurts,” “Shiny Happy People,” and the delightfully lighthearted and catchy “Stand,” which a lot of us remember as the theme from Chris Elliot’s early ‘90s Fox Television comedy series, “Get A Life.”

Also included here are R.E.M.’s contributions to the 1999 biopic of the late comedian Andy Kaufman that starred Jim Carrey, “The Great Beyond,” and the title track, “Man On The Moon.”