-Musically, it’s pretty great. This could damned near be Life’s Rich Pageant. It doesn’t sound like that, exactly, but it’s got the same feel Peter Buck’s doing his best work in years.
-Lyrically, all Stipe has to say anymore is variations on “Bush is bad.” We already know that, Mike – no insight? Just clichés? Alright, then, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.
-That said, the band does sound (re-)energized. Who cares why, frankly. It’s good to have ’em kinda-back. B