2. Claudio Pasqua, an Italian engineer with a background in journalism (editor at thedailybit.net) discusses with some detail his impressions of the Imitation of Life video. Honestly I found it hard to follow the text (not least because it is in Italian, but because it's actually a physics dissertation!) Mr. Pasqua says, more or less, that "In this video there is more physics than in a laboratory at CERN." (CERN is the European centre for nuclear research). The article (in Italian) is here:
3. The following is a quote by James VanOsdol, from his book Off the Record Collection: Riffs, Rants, and Writings about Rock, published last May:
"For a fleeting moment in 2001, i was the music director of WXRT. it was a brief career stopover, and something scarcely worth noting in the ongoing history of that legendary radio station, but I was there.
I remember the day the station got advanced copies of reveal. The program director suggested we both take the album home and take a good, hard listen to determine which songs were the most "airplay worthy".
"None of them", I said next morning. "The album's a total buzzkill and the band sounds lost." It wasn't a popular answer. I then followed up with my ""least worst" choices: "She just wants to be" and "the lifting ("imitation of life" was as good as those, but already getting airtime). Credit to XRT: they'll stick by and support and artists even when they shit out a turd like Reveal.
The book contains an interesting album by album discussion of R.E.M.'s catalog, complete with rankings for every song.