R.E.M. Album Nears Completion

Manager claims new R.E.M. album almost finished
Posted Dec 8, 2000 at 12:00am
R.E.M. are putting the finishing touches on their next, yet-untitled album. According to the band's manager Bertis Downs, R.E.M. are in the last stages of mixing and sequencing the album with an eye on an April or May release.

Downs says the band is at the stage where they "listen, discuss, absorb and change -- all with the goal of making the record ebb and flow in the best way possible." The album will get its final mix in the next few days before the band breaks for the holidays and then heads to South America for Rock in Rio next month.

"It is difficult to describe in words the sounds of this record, but I'll stick with my original thoughts of 'lush, atmospheric and melodic,'" Downs writes on the band's official Web site, www.remhq.com. "After repeated listenings I would add things like 'layered' and 'dynamic.' But I should just quit this futile effort and say I think you'll enjoy it in a few months."

The album was recorded through the latter portion of 2000, as R.E.M. began recording in Vancouver in the early summer, Dublin towards the end of summer and Miami in November.

Written by ANDREW DANSBY for RollingStone.com News

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