R.E.M announce release of new album ‘Accelerate’

2008-01-18 00:00

R.E.M. has revealed the title of their brand-new album: Accelerate, which will be released by Warner Brothers Records on March 31.

The beloved rock band’s 14th studio album, Accelerate, was recorded in Vancouver, Canada, Dublin, Ireland and Athens, and Georgia last year with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee. Lee is noted for his work with U2 (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb), as well as Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Kasabian.

R.E.M. — which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck and bassist Mike Mills — are counting down the time to the album’s release date on a website, www.ninetynights.com. The site, which launched on January 1, features a new high-definition video snippet each day that can be downloaded and then edited, embedded, or manipulated however the user wishes.

Each snippet is being posted in high-resolution HD format and is available for download for a period of 24 hours before being archived on the site as a low-resolution stream. The clips were shot by noted French filmmaker Vincent Moon, who has worked with Arcade Fire, The Shins and The National, among other artists.

Accelerate is R.E.M.’s first studio album since their 2004 Around the Sun. In October, the band released a live CD/DVD — the first ever of their 27-year career, entitled R.E.M. Live. One of rock’s best-selling and most critically acclaimed bands, the multiple Grammy-winning trio, along with original drummer Bill Berry, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2007.

Visit www.remhq.com for the latest information on the track listing for Accelerate, as well as upcoming tour plans.

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