Accelerate - R.E.M.
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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. 80
    It really does seem that a decade-long period of interbal artistic crisis has been resolved, beautifully, even triumphantly. [Apr 2008, p.98]
  3. 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.
  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. If it isn't able to recapture the post-punk energy of "Reckoning," the political fury of "Life's Rich Pageant," or the epic scope of "Automatic for the People," the album, at the very least, finds the band playing to its strengths rather than attempting to explore an increasingly thin artistic mythology. That alone justifies Accelerate's positive buzz, even if the album doesn't quite support the magnitude of it.
  6. "Accelerate" pushes along with urgency but a lack of bite - like background music to a bar scene in an indie thriller. "Horse To Water", however, has the machine-gun fast delivery of "It's The End Of The World…" and a cart-wheeling chorus redolent of old times.
  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
    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
    Excellent album. Their best in over a decade!
  3. MichaelH.
    Oct 2, 2008
    Greatest Band in the world!!!!!
  4. Hentricks
    Apr 2, 2008
    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
    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
    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
    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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