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The rock band's 14th album is promised to be more rocking than its last release, Around the Sun.
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Accelerate will be rightfully championed as the defibrillator that shocked a once-great band back to its senses.
Accelerate puts the 2007 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame group once again firmly behind the wheel of alternative rock, a genre R.E.M. helped invent.
It really does seem that a decade-long period of interbal artistic crisis has been resolved, beautifully, even triumphantly. [Apr 2008, p.98]
Accelerate is the first studio album by that post-Berry stage band, and it is one of the best records R.E.M. have ever made.
Accelerate isn't quite as irresistible as some people might have you believe, but you can't help feeling glad they stuck around to make it.
All Music Guide
As comebacks go, that's relatively modest, but the very modesty of Accelerate is what makes it such a successful rebirth as R.E.M. no longer denies what they were or what they are, and, in doing so, they offer a glimpse of what they could be once again.
New Musical Express
Accelerate is by some considerable distance REM’s best and most cohesive album since Berry left, and crucially echoes a time when they made their best music, if not necessarily their biggest-selling.
Accelerate may not stun on impact like some R.E.M. records, but it's still habit-forming.
Accelerate is patchy at best, with only the blaring finale, ‘I’m Gonna DJ’, really catching the attention.
Accelerate is a simple, pragmatic record built on an uncomfortable truth: sometimes, even the best bands have to retrace their steps, if only to remind themselves what they're really good at.
There are a few jangly throwbacks for nostalgia’s sake interspersed throughout Accelerate, but they’re overshadowed by blustery guitar blather that shouts “anachronism” at every turn.
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