R.E.M. Detail New Album

Jan. 1, 2008
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Michael Stipe is making some tantalizing promises about the upcoming R.E.M. record: Its going to be fast and guitar-driven.

Expectations, of course, are low. Over the last 10 years, R.E.M. records have been scattered at best, abysmal at worst. But theres an obvious explanation for why those albums were so disappointing: They were studio pop records, and they ran contrary to the lean, direct guitar-rock that R.E.M. did best. In their prime, when R.E.M. stuck to simple, guitar-driven music, they were unbeatable. Apparently, well see in April whether they can still conjure that old spark.

The details, according to NME:
* The album will be called Accelerate, which hopefully will hold Stipe to his promise to keep the tempos speedy.
* It was recorded with Jacknife Lee, a producer who has worked with Bloc Party (yay?) and Snow Patrol (uh-oh).
* Stipe half concedes that R.E.M.s last album, Around The Sun, wasnt very good. I think the songs on 'Around The Sun' are great, but in the process of recording we lost our focus as a band, he said. Now, that focus is back. Again, we shouldnt get our hopes up too much, but in music, like in alcoholics anonymous, admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery.

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