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by R.E.M.

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Metascore: 78 Metascore out of 100
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10.0 out of 10
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The rock band's 14th album is promised to be more rocking than its last release, Around the Sun.

LABEL: Warner Bros.
RELEASE DATE: 01 April 2008
DISCS: 1 disc
GENRE(S): Rock, Alternative

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Accelerate will be rightfully championed as the defibrillator that shocked a once-great band back to its senses.
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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.
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It really does seem that a decade-long period of interbal artistic crisis has been resolved, beautifully, even triumphantly. [Apr 2008, p.98]
Rolling Stone
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.
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The Guardian
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.
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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.
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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.
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Accelerate may not stun on impact like some R.E.M. records, but it's still habit-forming.
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Hot Press
Accelerate is patchy at best, with only the blaring finale, ‘I’m Gonna DJ’, really catching the attention.
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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.
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NOW Magazine
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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