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    R.E.M. Rocks Hard On New 'Accelerate'



    After two consecutive albums dominated by mid-tempo fare, R.E.M. gets back to its stripped-down, fast-paced rock roots on "Accelerate," due April 1 via Warner Bros. The 11-track set, which gets in and out in a lightning-quick 34 minutes and change, is led by the single "Supernatural Superserious."

    Opener "Living Well's the Best Revenge" sets the tone, with a prominent lead guitar figure from Peter Buck, thumping, melodic bass lines and backing vocals from Mike Mills and a rapid stream of lyrics from frontman Michael Stipe. The track almost seems like a musical cousin to "Just a Touch" from 1986's "Life's Rich Pageant."

    The up-tempo approach extends to "Supernatural Superserious," a video for which was shot earlier this week on Manhattan's Lower East Side. "You realize your fantasies are dressed up in travesties / enjoy yourself with no regrets," Stipe instructs on the track, which should hit radio sometime next month.

    Elsewhere, "Hollow Man" begins as a piano ballad but quickly morphs into a revved-up chorus, while "Horse To Water" is a noisy, angular rocker with the unmistakable stamp of R.E.M.'s pre-major label days.

    Among the slower departures are "Houston," which is vaguely reminiscent of the vintage "Swan Swan H," and the politically charged "Until the Day Is Done" ("The verdict is dire / the country's in ruins," Stipe sings).

    A number of the "Accelerate" tracks were premiered last summer during "working rehearsal" shows in Dublin. The album was produced by Jacknife Lee, best known for his work with Snow Patrol and U2.

    Here is the track list for "Accelerate":

    "Living Well's the Best Revenge"
    "Mansized Wreath"
    "Supernatural Superserious"
    "Hollow Man"
    "Houston"
    "Accelerate"
    "Until the Day Is Done"
    "Mr. Richards"
    "Sing for the Submarine"
    "Horse To Water"
    "I'm Gonna DJ"

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    It would be nice if it was at least listenable, as this band hasn't put out a decent record since 1996, when Bill Berry was still in the band and they released "New Adventures In Hi-Fi". For a band that at one time I could not live without, they quite frankly have sucked ever since then, and as a die-hard fan, it's been quite painful to witness.

    One need only listen to this to realize how greatly the mighty have fallen.

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    chef, every great band goes through a rough patch now and then. just look at it as growing pains....
    they hate if your the same , and they hate you if your different- evh

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    Quote Originally Posted by lal5150 View Post
    chef, every great band goes through a rough patch now and then. just look at it as growing pains....
    lal, bud-seriously now, a 12 year long "rough-patch"?

    Hey, I wish them the best. Yet they've made it fairly difficult for me to offer them any public support in the interim, and quite frankly some of their actions go beyond embarrassing, particularly those of Mr. Stipe.
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    By the way, here is a link to a fellow on youtube that has a sterling collection of old R.E.M. footage, including an entire show from 1884.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/REMchout

    Here's a pair of samples...simply tremendous.
    REM 6-9-84 Passaic 05. "Harbor Coat" (3:51)


    REM 6-9-84 Passaic 13. "Sitting Still" (3:15)
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    My wife is a diehard fan, a member of their fan club, and liked those recent releases, and she actually has a pretty good musical ear most of the time. I think REM blows balls myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    My wife is a diehard fan, a member of their fan club, and liked those recent releases, and she actually has a pretty good musical ear most of the time...
    Yeah, yet think about it: how astute can she be if she married you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    lal, bud-seriously now, a 12 year long "rough-patch"?

    Hey, I wish them the best. Yet they've made it fairly difficult for me to offer them any public support in the interim, and quite frankly some of their actions go beyond embarrassing
    Talking about REM or Van Halen? I took the Stipe part out and I'm not sure which you'd be talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKVH5150 View Post
    Talking about REM or Van Halen? I took the Stipe part out and I'm not sure which you'd be talking about.
    Van Halen dodges that bullet (barely), since they last attempted something memorable in 1998.
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    The last few R.E.M. releases were very esoteric, and I'm not even sure what that means. I'll go look it up & put Monster on.
    Last edited by Number 47; 01.29.08 at 05:00 PM. Reason: Found out that esoteric means no drummer.

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    Default REM....coming out?

    Was there really any doubt?


    R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is officially out of the closet.

    Stipe told Spin magazine that he "didn't always see" how publicly announcing that he was gay could help others.

    But now Stipe said that he realizes that to have public figures be open about their sexuality "helps some kid somewhere out there."

    Stipe said that he was totally open with the band, his family, his friends, and certainly the people he was sleeping with, and adds he "thought it was pretty obvious."

    R.E.M. is set to release their next album on April 1.

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    Didn't he come out years ago?

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    I pretty much knew when I first seen him flailing his arms around with angel wings in the "Saving my Religion " video back in the day, but hey, what do I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
    Didn't he come out years ago?
    That's what I thought...
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    Man that is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig fuckin' closet.
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