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  • Summary: The rock band's 14th album is promised to be more rocking than its last release, Around the Sun.
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Heavyweight champeen or not, Stipe's got his fighting spirit back, and so does his band.
  2. When in doubt, crank the amps. This is the philosophy behind R.E.M.’s new album, Accelerate, their best, and certainly their loudest, in years.
  3. 80
    It really does seem that a decade-long period of interbal artistic crisis has been resolved, beautifully, even triumphantly. [Apr 2008, p.98]
  4. Accelerate is by some considerable distance REM’s best and most cohesive album since Berry left, and crucially echoes a time when they made their best music, if not necessarily their biggest-selling.
  5. 'Sing for the Submarine's' winking nods to old song titles ("electron blue," "gravity's pull," "high-speed train") are painfully self-aware. It's a sharp contrast to the rest of Accelerate, on which R.E.M. stop overthinking things--and start roaring toward the future.
  6. There’s good rock ’n’ roll here, and it’s vital and raw enough to be memorable. But there’s something calculated too, something demographically researched and meticulously executed in these songs.
  7. There are a few jangly throwbacks for nostalgia’s sake interspersed throughout Accelerate, but they’re overshadowed by blustery guitar blather that shouts “anachronism” at every turn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 77
  2. Negative: 3 out of 77
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 1, 2008
    10
    Music that resonates with their past albums without repeating the sound. This sounds like a band that made LRP and Document matured over 20 Music that resonates with their past albums without repeating the sound. This sounds like a band that made LRP and Document matured over 20 yrs. to deliver Accelerate. Expand
  2. JohnN.
    Apr 4, 2008
    10
    Excellent album. Their best in over a decade!
  3. MichaelH.
    Oct 2, 2008
    10
    Greatest Band in the world!!!!!
  4. Hentricks
    Apr 2, 2008
    9
    With the brilliant history that the band has had (a couple of later day missteps does not destroy what the band was in their prime), it is With the brilliant history that the band has had (a couple of later day missteps does not destroy what the band was in their prime), it is astounding that a group this far into their careers has made such a flat out vital record. The overall review from metacritic is great, but it actually deserves a better rating than the one it got. Expand
  5. Peter
    Apr 19, 2008
    8
    Most rocking REM album since Document, best REM album since Automatic For The People (my personal favorite). I think they recognized that a Most rocking REM album since Document, best REM album since Automatic For The People (my personal favorite). I think they recognized that a time of retrenchment will allow them to move forward, whereas constantly striving for growth just stretches you too thin. Let's hear it for Jacknife Lee, who squeezed the best possible comeback albums from U2 and REM. Maybe Pearl Jam should talk to him. Expand
  6. PaulL.
    Apr 3, 2008
    8
    The divisive comments are a testament -- this band is still vital, and still has something to say. Great energy on this record.
  7. MarcG.
    Apr 2, 2008
    0
    After hearing this s**t I wonder how this band could have been great one day...Deccelerate is the right word.

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