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Old 03-22-2008, 10:11 PM   #391
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Fine. You owe me.

I've only listened all the way through once, and my first impressions were:

- I liked a lot of it

- a lot of the songs could stand to be a minute or so longer, because dudes - you're not The Ramones

- while I don't dislike the last album as much as some other folks, it's nice to hear them rocking out again

- I have a sneaking suspicion the album might not be as good as it seemed to be on first listen; that its energy is masking something ... lack of light? or heart? lacking something, maybe.

But I intend on spending a lot more quality time with it when it's officially out and I have the CD.
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:59 PM   #392
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- I have a sneaking suspicion the album might not be as good as it seemed to be on first listen; that its energy is masking something ... lack of light? or heart? lacking something, maybe.
That something is depth. They reach for it on Until and fail miserably, and only hit it on Submarine.

It's a very listenable album, and is better than it's closest relative, which would be Reckoning. But I don't know how anyone could even be thinking something like "is this the album of the year??" its just very slight.
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:10 AM   #393
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It's a very listenable album, and is better than it's closest relative, which would be Reckoning.
What? The two don't sound much like each other at all (plus, the Reckoning bashing is just ). Accelerate doesn't sound like 80's REM. It sounds like 00's REM trying to be 80's REM. More modern, but not as catchy. I think it's more similar to Document or Green, actually.
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:52 AM   #394
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I'm. Not. Buckling. to all this talk of the new album! Must. Wait. till April 1.
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Old 03-23-2008, 01:05 PM   #395
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I'm. Not. Buckling. to all this talk of the new album! Must. Wait. till April 1.
Well they're streaming it legally through facebook/ilike/itunes from tomorow on.
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:01 PM   #396
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with all the press that the new album is getting it seems like their new album will be for REM what ATYCLB was for U2.
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:07 PM   #397
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with all the press that the new album is getting it seems like their new album will be for REM what ATYCLB was for U2.
Except it lacks a single like Beautiful Day.

I think it'll be more like Chaos And Creation In The Backyard was to Paul McCartney. It'll get them critical respect again, and maybe sell a few more copies than most of their recent albums have.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:56 AM   #398
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What? The two don't sound much like each other at all (plus, the Reckoning bashing is just ). Accelerate doesn't sound like 80's REM. It sounds like 00's REM trying to be 80's REM. More modern, but not as catchy. I think it's more similar to Document or Green, actually.

I don't think it SOUNDS particularly like Reckoning (I agree with your sonic description), but I'm pretty sure that's their next shortest album (just under 40 min). And it's also another one that come off a bit slight, despite having a handful of some VERY good songs. It also has a lot of shorter, more up-tempo tracks, which is true of Reckoning. They both go down very easy due to the lack of density, for better or worse.

Document has such a massive imprint, and there's no way in hell Accelerate competes with the wealth of standout tracks on Lifes. Both also have a lot more variety of approach than the new album.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:13 PM   #399
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REM Tackles Songs of Faith and Revenge from NPR this morning. Click the link to get this morning's interview and content from SXSW.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/musicclub/event_rem.shtml

REM are playing tonight in London. You can listen online.
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:44 PM   #401
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There's a very good interview on Pitchfork that went up today. Pretty insightful.

And more explanation of why Around the Sun sucks donkey balls.
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I've listened to it twice.

I don't really think much of it, to be honest.

It's just okay.
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Is this album going to disappoint?
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:05 PM   #404
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Only if you are personally disappointed by it when you listen.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:07 PM   #405
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I've listened to it and will try to let it grow on me.
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