R.E.M.'s forthcoming Warner Bros. album will be titled "Reveal," and is set for a May release, according to a posting on the pioneering modern rock act's official Web site. After deliberating over the

R.E.M.'s forthcoming Warner Bros. album will be titled "Reveal," and is set for a May release, according to a posting on the pioneering modern rock act's official Web site. After deliberating over the album's sequence in December, the group reconvened this week for "final stages of completing the record." R.E.M. will play its first full-length shows since fall 1999 at the Rock In Rio festival Saturday (Jan. 13) and in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (Jan. 17).



Last year, band manager Bertis Downs described "Reveal" as "lush, atmospheric, and melodic." It will be the follow-up to 1998's "Up," which was R.E.M.'s first album without original drummer Bill Berry, who exited in 1997.



The new album, which is expected to contain 12 or 13 songs, was recorded in Miami, Vancouver, Dublin, and the group's homebase of Athens, Ga. While in the latter city in late October, the band gave a surprise, three-song performance on the steps of the Athens Clarke County Courthouse, as part of Land Aid, a local rally that strove to improve the economic environment of Athens and its surrounding area.