Billboard reports R.E.M. has turned up the guitars on its next album, Accelerate. Nine years ago, the band titled its first post-Bill Berry album Up, and it was anything but. Accelerate sounds like another chance for a mistitled effort. As trusted a source as Billboard can be — that’s you snickering right? — I don’t think I’ll believe R.E.M. has kicked the dreary thing till I hear it.
If I’m wrong, I probably won’t drop money on a CD — I’ll settle for digital (if it shows up on Amazon.) If I’m right, there’s always the I.R.S. back catalog to explore.