Marshall Chipped loves REM - well pre megastardom IRS years REM for definite – and this admiration simply can't be ignored.
From the opening line the shadow of the boys from Georgia looms large throughout, and while I would love to be able to say that there are points on the album that the music shakes loose from its influences that's not really the case.
Even when the ouvre of electronica is explored it sounds like an experimental b-side by Stipe and co.
Not that this is to say that Statues is a bad album.
Far from it in fact.
It has a firm grasp of a certain sound from the eighties and manages to make it sound fresher than it has any right to, plus the song writing manages to pull it up by the bootstraps allowing it to reach for some badly needed identity of its own
Personally I would rather hear the material stripped down and played acoustically, but that's just me.