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Hear This: In 2008, R.E.M. had a legacy to defend and something to prove

In Hear This, The A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re picking songs that saw an artist bounce back after releasing a dud of a record. R.E.M., “Horse To Water” (2008) Expectations were awfully (and justifiably) low for R.E.M.’s 2008 album, Accelerate; the band had clearly run out of steam and inspiration on its previous record, 2004’s almost universally reviled Around The Sun.
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