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“It’s called... ‘The New One’!” announces Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, promoting his indie supergroup Tired Pony’s second album The Ghost Of The Mountain with a suitably schmindie level of marketing skill.

Album: Reckoning – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, R.E.M., I.R.S./Universal

Reckoning was the album that confirmed R.E.M. as a special group, with reserves of creativity way beyond their peers in the US indie scene.

Album: Wilco, Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch)

With the magnificent Wilco (the album), Wilco (the band) reach the point that REM were at around the time of Automatic for the People: a group at the peak of its powers, offering hope and consolation in the face of growing discord, and an undimmed faith in the transformative power of rock'n'roll.

Story of the Song: 'Losing My Religion', REM (1991)

In December 1990, REM appeared at the 40 Watt Club in their native Athens, Georgia.

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R.E.M. Royal Albert Hall, London

Hey, kids, rock'n'roll – even after all these years: They've been in the business for more than a quarter of a century, but R.E.M. can still pack a charismatic punch

The Duke Spirit, Royal Albert Hall, London

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Album: R.E.M. Accelerate (Warner Bros)

The verdict is in: 'Accelerate' – with its crunching power chords and sweetly sung backing vocals – is a triumphant return to form. Hmmm.

Album: R.E.M. Accelerate (Warner Brothers)

When I caught R.E.M. rehearsing material from this album at last year's Dublin shows, the new songs sounded fresh and intriguing. I don't know what's happened in the interim, but Accelerate isn't anything like as exciting as anticipated. Its muscular riffing recalls the mainstream-rock moves of Lifes Rich Pageant and Document but, crucially, without the winning melodies and the sense of ambitious necessity.

You write the reviews: REM, Royal Albert Hall, London

Close your eyes and the years fall away. An inventive arpeggio on a Rickenbacker; a melodic bass line; sharp staccato drumming as the singer attempts to communicate to an unreceptive world. But this wasn't a relatively unknown Georgian quartet playing a cold December night in the pre-Lion King Lyceum; this was the Royal Albert Hall, the best part of a quarter of a century later, and REM were rediscovering a love of spontaneity and precision. That December, the opening song was "Second Guessing"; this time, it was "Living Well Is the Best Revenge", with the band taking their new album's title, Accelerate, to heart and picking up the pace. What followed was the majority of the new album interspersed with a few choice favourites from the Nineties. The band's earlier work, with which the new material resonates rather than repeats, was unrepresented.

In praise of the ICA, home of the avant-garde

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R.E.M., Royal Albert Hall, London

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Album: Counting Crows, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings (Geffen)

In many ways, Counting Crows suffer from a Stateside version of the Supergrass syndrome.

Album: Counting Crows, Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings (Geffen)

It probably sounded good on paper, but Counting Crows' vinyl-vintage idea of splitting this album into separate sides – reflecting, respectively, the hurly-burly of a night of drunken self-obliteration, and the next day's hungover ruminations – has rather rebounded on them here.

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