A few days ago, R.E.M. announced its new album, Accelerate. It's the band's first disc of original material in more than three years and is scheduled to hit shelves April 1.
For a while, the big news surrounding its release was that founding drummer Bill Berry would return for R.E.M.'s tour. Paste magazine reported that rumor; but then it subsequently retracted it. However, fans can look forward to music that is considerably more lively than the sonorous sound of past efforts. Here's what Michael Stipe told British culture magazine Uncut -- which was excerpted on a Billboard.com news item:
"I feel like there's a confidence in the material, and a communication between the three of us that hasn't been there for some time," frontman Michael Stipe told Uncut. "We didn't talk to each other for a couple of records -- as friends or as bandmates. And we reached a point before this LP where we just sat down at a table and hashed it out."
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