Is the title of R.E.M.’s next album as ironically titled as ‘Up’?

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.