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Collapse Into Now

4 Mar 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Mar 2011
  • Release Date: 4 Mar 2011
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 2011 R.E.M./Athens, L.L.C. under exclusive license to Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 40:52
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  • ASIN: B004PEFN6I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,649 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bungliemutt on 1 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
Now that the dust has settled a little from the release of this album, it may be possible to take a slightly more dispassionate view of it. First the facts; clearly it does sound like other R.E.M. albums. It is an R.E.M album after all, and I don't recall The Beatles ever making much of an effort to sound like The Rolling Stones. But aimless re-tread it most definitely is not. A better and more cohesive set of songs than Accelerate it most certainly is. We amateur pundits could argue until the cows come home over which former R.E.M. album(s) Collapse Into Now most closely resembles, but the argument is fruitless (Out Of Time, for my money, if you're interested). What is important is that this is a good R.E.M. album. In fact, a very good one.

'Discoverer', 'Uberlin', 'Oh My Heart' and 'Mine Smell Like Honey' are cracking R.E.M. songs, bearing all the best hallmarks of the band; melody, harmony and jangling guitars aplenty. In 'It Happened Today', lightweight lyrics aside (ironic, who knows?) R.E.M. have delivered the best soaring harmonies and chorus since the sublime 'Texarcana'. 'Blue', with its Patti Smith vocals and feedback guitar, is reminiscent of the wondrous 'Country Feedback'. But all of them are strong songs in their own right; their similarity to past glories being just that, glorious. No one ever likened anything on Around The Sun to R.E.M.'s previous work, and with good reason (although that album is nowhere near as execrable as popular opinion would have us believe).

So there you have it. Two decent albums in a row. The band sounds like R.E.M. again. Thank heavens for that; they have never really sounded like anyone else. They have rediscovered decent songwriting, soaring harmonies and loud jangling guitars, and they sound like they had a great time doing it. How many other American bands from the 80s are knocking out material of this quality after 25 years? Buy it, and enjoy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Any which way you look at it a new R.E.M. album is always an
event of sufficient importance that we have to sit up and listen!
With a band who have been with us in the listening world for
such a long time it's hard to resist the urge to look backwards
over our shoulder and compare each album with what has gone before.
There's a big, brave body of work stretching out behind them like
a wild wave on which we have surfed with them across three decades!

'Collapse Into Now' is a fine album (some decidedly dodgy guitar
tunings nothwithstanding here and there!) A very fine album in fact.
There are some good songs here but there are also a handful of great
ones. I've always been able to take or leave the band's more ribald
electric offerings and although the opening two tracks 'Discover'
and 'All The Best' certainly demonstrate that there is still life
after middle-age they didn't exactly blow my socks off into the ether.

When we get round to the gloriously rich simplicity of 'Oh My Heart'
and the joyous folksy melancholy of 'It Happened Today', however, we
feel the blood begin to flow more quickly through our veins!
(In Mr Stipes hands even a phrase as potentially lame as "Hip Hip
Hooray" sounds as though it might have a deeper philosophical meaning!)

'Every Day Is Yours To Win' is simply beautiful too. An R.E.M. anthem
to stand shoulder to shoulder with their most memorable inventions.

The final track 'Blue' is a big song. A veritable monolithic stone
ziggurat of a song!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bunk Moreland on 12 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Collapse Into Now is a very good album. On its own merit. I have read a lot of reviews which obsess about the disappointing quality of REM albums post Automatic. The run from Murmur to Automatic is indeed wonderful (although I think Out of Time, despite containing some of their best songs, is overrated) but I can say honestly that I also love Up and Reveal. Monster has some fantastic moments, New Adventures was a great collection of songs that didn't cohere as an album. Around the Sun remains the only blemish on their career to date and I'm not even going to try to justify it. Accelerate was a welcome blast of fresh air (much like Pearl Jam's Backspacer) but its nice to hear REM returning to a more relaxed style on Collapse. Discoverer is a promising opener and the album is consistently rewarding throughout. Uberlin is a particular highlight - a beautiful song that gives me goosebumps - remember how REM have an uncanny, inexplicable way of doing that at times? So, no its not Murmur or Automatic and it all sounds just how you imagine REM should sound - but you know what? I keep listening to it. It finishes and I hit play again. And again. And I love Stipe's voice. And the music just works! And God bless Mike Mills with those harmonies! And these are great songs! Enjoy them. And long live REM!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam K. on 21 July 2011
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REM have reached a point when every release is declared as "A return to form!" by fans,with an odd edge of desperate hope. It's a sad state of affairs when a band and its followers find themselves constantly looking over their collective shoulders, but it comes to all great bands, and REM certainly have known greatness. While their latest isn't the annoying, posturing squall of their last, ("Accelerate") it can't seem to help but harken back to past glories. So its opening song, "Discoverer" borrows the riff from "Finest Worksong", "Uberlin" is a variant on their "Drive" mode, "That Someone Is You" crams in pop-culture references into a hyperactive blur a la "End of the World As We Know It" (while also sounding oddly like "Mine Smell Like Honey" from earlier on the disc). "Alligator...", meanwhile, stomps around nonsensically and rather irritatingly, "Me, Marlon Brando..." revisits the wistful "Monty Got a Raw Deal" (50s film icons, always a good source of inspiration) and the album wraps up with "Blue", which re-visits "E-bow the Letter", complete with Patti Smith vocals. The end result is one of those albums that is reassuring more than anything else: REM doing "business as usual" and showing their fans that they've still "got it". And to an extent, they do. This is quite an enjoyable album, as you get so many bits of REM for the price of one, and there are some genuinely nice songs on here (I have a soft spot for "It Happened Today" and "Walk It Back", personally). To say it's their best album since...well, whatever... is to damn it with faint praise, given how poor their recent output has been. And, while it's disappointing that REM aren't straying at all far from their comfort zone in middle age, it's paradoxically quite comforting that they can still be relied upon to do that REM thing when called upon. A return to form? Hardly. It's a decent re-tread job, but their glory days are behind them and, as long as they keep looking back they always will be.
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