The Beast Inside R.E.M.'s lead singer, Michael Stipe, recently announced that Inspiral Carpets' The Beast Inside was his favorite new record — but I sure wonder what he… The Beast Inside R.E.M.'s lead singer, Michael Stipe, recently announced that Inspiral Carpets' The Beast Inside was his favorite new record — but I sure wonder what he… Inspiral Carpets Rock
Music Review

The Beast Inside (1991)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Inspiral Carpets; Genre: Rock

R.E.M.'s lead singer, Michael Stipe, recently announced that Inspiral Carpets' The Beast Inside was his favorite new record — but I sure wonder what he likes about it. On the album, the trendy British '60s-inspired band attempts to transmogrify itself into a deeply arty group, using simple musical tricks: They add eerie, synthesized whooshy wind noises and try Beethoven's old trick of going from soft to loud real fast. The record begins with a few reasonably groovy songs, of which ''Born Yesterday'' and ''Grip'' are the best; the former even has — surprise! — a tune. Eventually, however, things degenerate into a form of music that can only be called progressive rock. But, unlike Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, bands whom the Carpets' keyboard-heavy music passingly resembles, the Carpets aren't particularly accomplished musicians. My advice? Buy Michael Stipe's records, not his opinions. C+

Originally posted May 17, 1991 Published in issue #66 May 17, 1991 Order article reprints
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