2022 Charity Shop Purchases #78 - R.E.M. = Accelarate
It is relatively easy to pick up R.E.M. albums from Out of Time onwards cheaply in charity shops and I have been doing that very thing over the last two or three years.
Of the 15 studio albums there were only two missing from the shelves - the second last one Accelerate (March 2008. Warner Brothers) and the final one Collapse Into Now (March 2011, Warner Brothers.
I've seen Accelerate in the wild numerous times but was always under the impression that I had it. Here is where the spreadsheet came in handy as on my last visit to Newton Stewart it confirmed that I actually didn't and it was therefore duly purchased..
When it comes to all things R.E.M. I generally find it best to refer to The Robster and in particular to his Albums of R.E.M ranked post. He rates it higher that you might expect at number 7 out of 15 giving it a score of 7.9/10.
He writes I love R.E.M. most when they rock out. ... 'Accelerate' was a record they needed to make to reassure fans they still had it in them. It’s also short and to-the-point.(34 minutes 39 seconds) Interestingly it also scores 79 out of 100 on Metacritic
He is right it totally rocks and is much better than I thought it would be and has me wishing that I should have picked it up much earlier.
I'm in no particular hurry to get Collapse Into Nothing but if I see it cheap I will pick it up for the sake of completeness if nothing else.