If the YouTube material posted here is anything to go by, REM appear to have rediscovered their Mojo:
Not that they ever diminished in force as a live band - we have to hope that producer Jacknife Lee doesn't tinker with these songs too much (after all, the man has produced Snow Patrol and the rather tricksy new Bloc Party album). 'Around The Sun' had some fine songs, but had been somewhat studio-neutered.
Still - what with the harder, more attacking sound of the rock tracks here, the lilting shuffle of the ballads, and the 'road-testing' of the material - the template for this new REM album-in-progress would appear to be the quite wonderful 'New Adventures In Hi Fi'. The signs are good. I wish I could have been in Dublin!