PRO The Prodigy’s “Firestarter” is a sort of Dionysian hymn to arson, based around this monstrous loop riff of guitar feedback and a really boombastic hip-hop beat. On a similar tip, “Loops of Fury” by the Chemical Brothers mashes up hip-hop and techno.
CON I’d say that R.E.M. has become one of the most turgid bands on the planet. And as for Michael Stipe’s enigma/savant pose, I suspect there’s probably less there than meets the eye.