5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A stunning album!,
This review is from: Collapse Into Now: Special Edition Digipack (Audio CD)
Without any reference to previous albums or the age of this band, this is an absolutely beautiful, amazing album with the exception of only two songs in my opinion which are just average (All the best and Me, Marlon Brando..)but I've given it 5 stars anyway because the other ten tracks are so outstanding.
Highlights for me are Uberlin, Oh My Heart, Everyday is Yours to Win and Walk it Back which has the loveliest, most vulnerable vocal from Michael Stipe since Nightswimming (oops..can't help referencing previous albums).
I think this is the kind of album with something for everyone, fast paced rockers, gorgeous ballads, experimental stuff (Blue) and lighthearted fun (That Someone is You, Alligator...)
Now, with reference to their previous work and their age (apparently the band is 30 years old!), I find it amazing that a band can produce something this stunning so late in their career. It's true, there is nothing groundbreaking in this album, it is not a new direction for the band, but neither is it a repeat of their older stuff. Collapse into Now has a warm familiarity to it which is very welcome - REM are making the kind of beautiful music they are so good at and it makes me smile.