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01.02.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Michael Stipe is making some tantalizing promises about the upcoming R.E.M. record: It�s going to be fast and guitar-driven. Expectations, of course, are low. Over the last 10 years, R.E.M. records have been scattered at best, abysmal at worst. But there�s an obvious explanation for why those albums were so disappointing: They were studio pop records, and they ran contrary to the lean,...