Thursday, December 11, 2008

2008 Year in Review: Comeback of the Year

Another in a series of short posts recapping the year in music.

Comeback of the Year: R.E.M.

After their worst album of their career (2005’s Around the Sun) and a couple of lack luster albums before that, R.E.M. went back to basics and rediscovered the sound that abruptly stopped when drummer Bill Berry left the band in 1997. The result is Accelerate, a return to form that shows them shifting away from adult contemporary radio and going for a rock song again. Peter Buck’s signature guitar sound is back and Michael Stipe rediscovered his ability to be a rock star. Mike Mills is solid as ever on bass too, though his backing vocals aren’t as pleantiful as they were in R.E.M.’s golden era. It’s good to see the pioneers of college rock back in form, ready to reclaim their title as one of the best bands in rock.

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