R.E.M. were one of the first bands I loved and even though I have not been a massive fan of their recent records I still pay attention to all their endeavors.
Therefore, the news that their new album will be titled Accelerate and will be released in April is fantastic news! The record was produced by Jacknife Lee (who recently produced Bloc Party's "Flux") and was recorded in both Vancouver and Dublin.
The record is apparently a guitar driven record which will be a return to the older R.E.M. feel...thank god.