This two-song single is electrically charged with beautiful melodies and crafty musicianship by Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe. "The Great Beyond" is a dreamy, ethereal piece that creates spontaneous energy, delivering the message that it is always possible to find confidence and spiritual happiness, break down barriers, and bring forth achievements in everyday life. Stipe's chilling and captivating lyrics literally inspire the listener to search for answers through a higher power and better one's life through the connection of a more fulfilling spiritual presence. "Man on the Moon" is a great storytelling tune of the life of influential comedian Andy Kaufman, and through its live format recorded in Glastonbury, presents the listener with a breathtakingly fun look into one of R.E.M.'s finer and more appealing performances while in rare form.
AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney