Interview: Mike Mills of R.E.M.

rem-140The songs on R.E.M.’s new album, Accelerate, are the loudest and fastest the band has recorded since the mid-1980s, when their unique sound was ruling college campuses. The intervening years, of course, were full of chart-toppers and canonic music videos, but the band’s reputation was somewhat sullied with 2004’s dull and lifeless Around the Sun. The prospect of a lively rock record had fans excited, and Accelerate, clocking in at under 35 minutes, just about fulfils that promise.

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