stipe was/is irksome & annoying: but the music they made overcame his ego more often than not: esp up to and including NAIHF; up to that moment, not a single album, imho, was anything less than very
after NA...hmmm, well...spotty, but still a least good
they were not as good w/o bill berry but they were at least still more interesting than most of their contemporaries and most that came after
for my $, they'd only really begun to gel back as a unit, after berry left, w/the last 3 albums...each of which got minutely better
at the same time, i never thought they got to the point where they actually sucked
of the 3...the only one i expect to really do something significant might be peter buck...can't see stipes ego not consuming him..but i really hope i'm wrong
mills might surprise...one never knows about those bassist's'
at the end of the end it's the start of a journey to a much better place and this wasn't bad so a much better place would have to be special...no need to be sad...