Pocket Review: Accelerate

What’s fun about R.E.M.’s new album Accelerate is that there are little bits from a lot of their previous albums — here’s a dash of Murmur, there’s a bit of Lifes Rich Pageant,, the base on this other one is between Automatic for the People and Monster … but it blends them all and adds the seasoning that comes with almost thirty years together as a group. I’m only about half-way through listening to it (maybe my commute needs to be longer?), but I’m having a lot of fun listening to it.

(P.S. Forget that I said my commute should be longer.)


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I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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4 Responses to Pocket Review: Accelerate

  1. jjfmi says:

    I also noticed that Peter Buck has apparently traded his 12-string Rickenbacker for an electric six and a good fuzz box. Not better or worse, necessarily – just different. Great songs, though….

    As for the commute, ANY time ya wanna trade….


    • songdogmi says:

      Those are the parts that make me think Automatic and Monster. There’s a lot of acoustic 12-string too. Maybe I’m hearing a lot of that because I want a 12-string myself.

      I don’t think trading commutes will help. All commutes suck if you have to go farther than across the street.

  2. bigbear4xl says:

    I was surprised by it. It’s definitely a return to (good) form for them. R.E.M.’s always been one of my favorite bands and it was hurting to see them kind of wallowing directionless for a while.

    • songdogmi says:

      I’m glad to hear them exploring the older styles again, for sure. But I actually liked Around the Sun. I think I’m probably one of two people who like that one—I’ve recently heard that the band didn’t even like it.

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