Listened to this (CD) many times over the weekend. The sound is a little more aggressive than I originally surmised (especially Man On The Moon?!), but not obnoxiously so. I'm just turning down the volume... I've been very familiar with this release since it came out and it's probably in my top three of favorite R.E.M. albums, but I sure wish they'd left out Ignoreland - interrupts what could be an almost perfect album, imo.