Felicia J. (FMJ) from THORNTON, CO Reviewed on 6/4/2008...
What an amazing album! I have been listening to "Accelerate" at least twice a week since its release, and I haven't tired of it yet. This is R.E.M.'s best album since "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" and possibly since "Automatic for the People." It may end up ranking in my top three R.E.M. albums of all time.
I have been a fan for 20 years, but the band's last couple of albums disappointed me. It's fantastic to hear them rocking again. "Accelerate" recalls their best work of the '80s and '90s while sounding fresh and exciting. The album plays in a flash, leaving me wanting to listen to it again every time I hear it.
Michael Goodrich | Phoenix, Az. | 03/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After two decades of releasing the kind of music that is prone to attract college-aged males, REM finds themselves making music under a new record label and Accelerate is their latest implementation unto a record-sales anomaly. As R.E.M. started to record under the new label, their music has been faster paced, more tongue and cheek and more focused on the instrumental advances that their music is able to achieve. Since the departure of R.E.M.'s percussionist(multi-instrumentalist), Bill Berry, the band was not able to regain their original popularity or power. Accelerate shows that R.E.M. is ready to show the world that it is going to make records that still break boundaries, for years to come. Being that this record was recorded within a smaller amount of time that the band has ever finished a piece of work in; one might have expected less of an album. Accelerate was that of genius and having been recorded in Dublin, Ireland, as well as their hometown in Georgia, one only needs to listen to one song from this album and they will fall in love with such a masterpiece."
Diane Mcgough | Lake Oswego, OR | 06/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"R.E.M. are still going strong after all theses years, which is particularly good these days with bands breaking up all the time. It seemed like the band might have been at their end with the release of 2004's Around the Sun which was a somber and politically frustrated album, although they did have many songs written around world topics and political items, this album was a little different.
With this release they seem to turn up the amps differently, then they have before. They're louder and more in your face. Michael Stipe seems to push his vocals to the max with songs like "Man-Sized" and "Living Well Is The Best Revenge". I've always loved his creativity with lyrics, like when he screams, "I'd have thought by now we would be ready to proceed but a tearful hymn to tug the heart and a man-sized wreath-oh". The album is more in the up vibe, but it does slow down a bit on a couple songs like "Sing For The Submarine". This is R.E.M.'s heaviest album since Monster and it seems to me that they have rejuvenated themselves."
Are the mastering techs and bands completely deaf?
TL | 06/07/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This release is one of the worst recordings I have ever listened to. The music really could be amazing if they would not have turned it up so loud during mastering. If you are the typical MP3 only listener than stop reading this review right now as you are not a real music listener. Go away and listen to top 40 and crank it up until your ears bleed. I personally still listen to music in my car and on my home stereo and I only listen to uncompressed formats such as LP and cd. This cd sounds so bad. The mastering tech is catering to the MP3 crowd and trying to take part in some sort of loudness war. Loudness comes from turning up a stereo not from turning it on. If you try to turn this recording up past half way it will distort and ruin nice speakers over time. The music itself is wonderful if you see them in concert. They need to remaster this again from the original master tapes and tone it down a lot. What happened to the days when if a stereo wasn't loud enough you went and bought a bigger amplifier? Now kids throw little cheap buttplugs in their ears and cranking it up. Maybe the hearing loss and crashed hard drives that erase whole music collections will make them mad enough to demand better from bands and record labels. Bring back the LP and CD!"
R.E.M. Makes a Comeback
DjC | San Leandro, California United States | 10/23/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"R.E.M. has made a comeback of sorts with this album. A few of the songs recall the energy and faster pace of their earlier play during the 80s. Great opening with the punk-like "Living Well is the Best Revenge," Stipe closing out the song with a good yell. "Supernatural Superserious" is catchy, stirring, hopeful with its refrain of "yeah, you cried and you cried, he's alive, he's alive," and the guitar and base play is forceful and fast. "Hollow Man" is fun, too, but listen carefully and you can make out the same riff from "Gardening at Night" on their first EP recording. I hope they keep up this same energy to make their next album a great one."