Monster is the ninth studio album by R.E.M, released on September 27, 1994 by Warner Brothers Records. Produced by the band and Scott Lit and recorded at four studios, the album was an intentional stylistic shift from R.E.M.'s previous two albums Out Of Time(1991) and Automatic For The People(1992), with loud, distorted guitar tones and simple arrangements. Michael Stipe's lyrics at times deal with the nature of celebrity, and some are sung from the viewpoint of a character.
Led by the successful single What's The Frequency Kenneth, Monster debuted at number one in the United States and at least seven other countries, and received generally positive reviews. Four more singles were released from the album, including the UK top-20 hits Bang and Blame, Strange Currencies, and Tongue.