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R.E.M.: Accelerate
Buy! - (Warner Bros)
The last few albums from these veteran alt-rockers have shown them quietly fading into irrelevance, but apparently they’re not ready to bow out just yet. Accelerate kicks with a vigor they haven’t displayed in years, with Peter Buck contributing some ferocious guitar and Michael Stipe singing with renewed passion stirring, politically inspired songs railing against complacency and the status quo. Welcome back, guys. 3/28/2008 - Don Yates