R.E.M.'s Accelerate Is Apparently Going To Be Pretty Good
At least, so says Editors lead singer Tom Smith. Here's a snippet of the interview I conducted with him yesterday.
I've also read that you personally are a big R.E.M. fan and last year the band recorded a great cover of "Orange Crush." How do rate their more recent records? I used to be a huge fan but they've lost me with the last few albums.
The first records are the records that I continue to listen to. I'm still intrigued by new R.E.M. material. I still think there are moments of greatness on all of their records, but I was disappointed by the last record. But I still listen to New Adventures In Hi-Fi quite a bit.
That is by far their most underrated record.
It's too long and there are too many songs on it but as far as ideas go, there are some great songs on there. It's a record they wrote and recorded on the road, which is quite an accomplishment. But yeah, they've had a bit of a shake up and now their recording with Jacknife Lee.
I think they needed things turned on its head. I've heard half of the record and it sounds like they're having fun. A lot of fun. And it sounds loud as well. I've only heard it once and it hasn't really sunk in yet, but yeah, I think they're doing the right thing.
Head over to DCist early next week for the entire interview.
Editors are on currently on tour here in the States. They hit the 9:30 Club next Tuesday.
[mp3] Editors | Orange Crush