Sunday, March 11, 2007

Records I Buy: Blind Items You Can Trust

This past week we learned that RIB's first (and still only) blind item, from back in December, was spot-on accurate.

In other words, the not-so-well-disguised "three-legged rock band" - namely R.E.M. - has indeed brought in a new producer for their upcoming album. He's called Jacknife Lee and he'll oversee the recording scheduled to begin soon. If you've never heard of him, he was responsible for U2's actually-not-so-bad "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" and albums from Bloc Party and Snow Patrol. I am not sure whether to be encouraged by this news, but it's good to see Pat McCarthy finally get shelved. Hopefully this will help re-energize the band.

Ultimately, though, it's the quality of the work, and not the producer, that matters most.


Unknown said...

I'm seriuosly wondering if Warner Bros. was somehow involved in that decision.

Signed, Mow-nee

Matthew said...

oh, i'm sure they very much were. the question is whether they outright asked R.E.M. to change or just exerted some influence.