When this album came out in 2004 to say I was sadly disappointed would be a huge understatement. I actively hated the album. I couldn't understand how my favorite band could put out such a bland, tuneless album. I bought it on the day of the release and traded it in to Half-Price Books less than a week later. About 2 months ago I repurchased it simply because I had every other R.E.M. album and I'm a little OCD and a completist but never listened to it. Well, a day or two I gave it another chance. Well, 49 yr old me got what 34 yr old me didn't. This is a wonderful album. It's nothing to compare to anything up to Automatic For The People but it stands tall in their post-Berry years. It's all very laid-back and dreamlike. A perfect Sunday morning album. I won't go through all the songs but I will mention at least how beautiful the album opener "Leaving New York" is. It's wonderfully sublime. If you can enjoy this track you'll most likely enjoy the rest of the album. I'm stunned at how wrong I was about this album. It's every bit Up's equal and I dare say better than Reveal. I've spent 15 years disparaging this album to anyone and everyone, including in this forum. Well, this is my mea culpa. I was wrong. I admit it. This is one of R.E.M.'s truly hidden gems. And, to turn this into a question for everybody, has there ever been an album you hated/really disliked but then discovered it years later and realized you actually thought it was pretty darn good?