Obviously it was with major trepidation that we approached “Supernatural Superserious,” the super-stupidly titled new R.E.M. song from the band’s forthcoming album, Accelerate. Does anyone even remember the last time they released a truly excellent single? (1996, “Electrolite” — thanks Wikipedia!) Mostly, they’ve just been farting around in the studio with synthesizers, drum machines, and Q-Tip. Till now, apparently — “Superserious” sounds like something that wouldn’t have been completely out of place on New Adventures in Hi-Fi or even Out of Time if Kate Pierson were singing backup on it (which, tragically, she is not). We sort of can’t believe it, but we’re actually looking forward to a new R.E.M. album — we almost feel young again!
In fact, we like this song so much that we’re just posting the streaming version (via Pitchfork) and leaving the piracy to you.R.E.M. Finally Sounding Like R.E.M. Again