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Billboard Previews New R.E.M. Album

Billboard Previews New R.E.M. Album

As I’ve mentioned before, R.E.M. is scheduled to perform a hot-ticket gig at SXSW 2008. This will come just two weeks before the release of their new studio album, Accelerate. For those fans out there dying to get a taste, Jonathan Cohen at Billboard, offers a sneak preview:

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.”

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