R.E.M.'s latest album sounds promising and it sounds like they're returning to their roots. I haven't been a fan of their uber-slow melodies, politically charged drivel for the last 12 years and I always wished they go back to the sound they had when they were with IRS Records. And it sounds like they tried to do just that. This might actually be the first R.E.M. album I'll buy since Hi-Fi in 1996.