Peter Holsapple made some of the best records of the 1980s with the dB's. Then he joined and left R.E.M. Then he joined the Continental Drifters by accident and made some of the music he considers the most important of his life.
In 2008 Michael Stipe introduced "Driver 8" as "a song that represents the dream of the United States of America and what it may become in the next three days." What did he mean, and has that dream come true?
A stellar group of backing musicians, including members of R.E.M., Belle and Sebastian, Editors, and She & Him, isn't enough to overcome bland songwriting on this disappointing effort led by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody.