Absolutely. I have spent an inordinate amount of time seriously weighing up the two options (which is of course a waste of time)
On the one hand, if they finished after New Adventures they’d have a legitimate case for the strongest discography front to back of anyone ever. 10 albums, only 2 being a 7/10 (Document and Monster), 6 being a 9/10 or above.
However in all seriousness there have been enough beautiful individual songs from Up onwards that it is worth keeping that era. Maybe none of them would seriously trouble my top 30 R.E.M songs but a Greatest hits from that era would probably better than that of most rock bands.
At My Most Beautiful
Imitation of Life
The Great Beyond
Leaving New York
Living Well’s the Best Revenge
All the Best
Plus the two live CDs are incredible