All the chatter regarding the new album has been centered on a "return to form" whatever that means. I've felt all along that they never fully recovered from the loss of Bill Berry as an integral part of the band, and that's not just because I play the drums. Berry brought a lot more to the table musically than most people realize. That being said, this is a pretty damn good "album" ... but there will never be another "Murmur" from R.E.M., nor should there be.
I think this song from 2004 stands up with anything the band ever recorded.
And this one from the start of the Decade is also a favorite...
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