Michael Stipe says this, which I think is related to the “Music Is Boring” article from the AV Club:
…as a fan, I don’t go to music for political discourse. I go to music for an emotional experience– that sounds so stupid, sorry, I’m just trying to put myself together. I don’t like it when I feel like someone’s trying to jam an idea down my throat. I go to music for catharsis and some kind of emotional release. That’s what really moves me, whether it’s Daft Punk or Coldplay.