REM have a new album called Accelerate coming out shortly, and I have offered endless oblations to the music gods above, pleading may case to please not let this one suck. I really want it to be good, as REM hold a firm place in my own personal musical Parthenon. In my opinion their last consistently brilliant album was Automatic For The People in 1992 and since this time they have released a string of great singles on some very uneven and mediocre albums. Their new single Supernatural Superserious sounds promising and I have included it here for your listening pleasure;
They are commencing a North American tour in May and are kicking it off in my little Pacific Northwest paradise here in Vancouver as a triple bill with Modest Mouse and The National. I don't go to as many concerts as I did in days of yore, though this one is on my horizon rain or shine. REM are amazing live and I recommend that you go see them if they come to your home town. It will change your life, I swear.
Let's do the math shall we and calculate the significance of this triple bill;
REM (Stipe/Mills/Buck, - need I say more) + Modest Mouse (brilliant Indie Rock featuring ex-Smiths guitar god Johnny Marr) + The National (makers of one of the best albums of 2007) = Hours of Blissful & Rapturous Sound For Music Geeks of All Walks of Life!
Now that I am feeling the love, I end with REM's masterful and sublime "Nightswimming"
(WARNING; when Michael Stipe sings of "the recklessness of water" he channels blatant nostalgia and longing for lost nights of innocence, where one is immersed fully in a moment of transcendent beauty - this may induce intensive reflections, journal writing or scouring of old photo albums!)