Alt rock icons R.E.M. have had their share of clumsy release lately, more exactly in the last 10 years since former drummer Bill left the band. Now with their new album Accelerate, the Georgian trio intendeds to get back on the saddle and taste again some of that late ’80s success. After all Accelerate is a return to the roots records, so all odds are in their favor, that is if things didn’t change a bit in the last 20 years and well they have. Anyway, the band did a very good job at the latest edition of La Blogotheque‘s Take Away Show, where they played six new songs from the new album, in acoustic mode.
The band, consisting of Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, where filmed in their hometown of Athens, Ga., by the new notorious Vincent Moon, in his characteristic cinematic and lighting vision. I was particularly impressed by the trio’s live rendition of “Until the Day Is Done,” a acoustic song from Accelerate that matched perfectly the Take Away Show’s format. Then there’s “Living Well is the Best Revenge,” an acoustic song performed in a station wagon, very fun, although it doesn’t beat this or this. Bellow you can watch two of the six videos, the rest at The Take Away Show.