R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now

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Decent, which, given the circumstances by which I refer specifically to the existences of Reveal and Around the Sun, is more than we could have hoped for as the swan song to one of the greatest bands the world has ever seen that no one cares about anymore. The songs that purposefully recall previous songs will either have you skipping down nostalgia lane or roll your eyes, depending on your mood: “Discoverer”’s ringing guitar line that recalls Accelerate’s “Living Well is the Best Revenge”; “Uberlin”’s melody recalling Automatic for the People’s “Drive”; the Patti Smith-featuring “Blue” as a more manic version of New Adventures in Hi-Fi’s “E-Bow the Letter” and lyrically referencing “Electrolite” from the same album. But aside from Michael Stipe’s vocal performances in “Alligator_Automator_Autopilot_Antimatter” and “That Someone Is You,” nothing here is off. In fact, the sleepy melody of “Walk It Back” through familiar chords and the choruses of “Mine Smell Like Honey” are better than a lot of what Accelerate had to offer.

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2 responses to “R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now

  1. Pingback: R.E.M.’s Albums Ranked | Free City Sounds·

  2. I haven’t heard this one. I stopped paying attention to R.E.M. after Around the Sun. It’s one that I’ll likely give a listen to at some point and I dare say the chances of that are increased after reading your post here …

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