Wednesday, April 2, 2008

R.E.M. Returns

To the surprise of none, Tuesday I went out and bought the new R.E.M. album, Accelerate, and so far, so good. While I'm not ready to issue any lasting pronouncements on its quality, I am pleased to say it sounds like R.E.M. and that's a great starting point. Recent efforts, which shall remain unnamed in this space for now, sounded like Michael Stipe singing for a second-rate R.E.M. cover band, a compilation of vaguely R.E.M.-ish atmospherics. This new album sounds like Peter Buck and Mike Mills have rejoined the band.

R.E.M. is back. Hoorah!

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