R.E.M.'s first album in four years shoehorns 11 tracks of jagged guitars, quick and dirty drums, and Michael Stipe's gruff keen into 34 minutes, rocking with a blacker, blunter edge than "Document," "

R.E.M.'s first album in four years shoehorns 11 tracks of jagged guitars, quick and dirty drums, and Michael Stipe's gruff keen into 34 minutes, rocking with a blacker, blunter edge than "Document," "Green" or "Monster."

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