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R.E.M.Audio CD
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R.E.M. Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011


R.E.M. marked the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first single, "Radio Free Europe," was released in 1981, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the early '80s, R.E.M. brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing guitar ... Read more in Amazon's R.E.M. Store

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  • Audio CD (March 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B004G5ZXVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2011 album from the veteran Alt-Rock band. For Collapse Into Now, R.E.M. re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band's acclaimed previous album Accelerate. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie's Heroes, U2's Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing was done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The band has also revealed that Collapse Into Now features some very special guests: Patti Smith, guitarist Lenny Kaye, Peaches, Eddie Vedder, and The Hidden Cameras frontman Joel Gibb.

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155 of 175 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Buck, I see where you're coming from... March 9, 2011
Format:Audio CD
It might be presumptuous of me, but Peter Buck has always struck me as the kind of guy I could have a beer with and talk for hours about music and whatever else. Over the last, say, two decades or so, he's gotten into a habit of touting the latest R.E.M. release as "our best one yet"-- although even he knew to hold his tongue when Around The Sun was released. A few weeks ago, I read an interview with Peter where he talked about driving home after the Nashville sessions, listening to the finished mixes of Collapse Into Now, and thinking to himself: "song for song, this is our best album yet."

Well, it isn't, but Peter's enthusiasm is not entirely without foundation. (In my opinion, anyway.) I didn't care much for Accelerate, and especially disliked Around The Sun, but this album strikes me as the most effortless and fun recording R.E.M. has released in a while, for once largely avoiding the ponderous quality that has begun sneaking into their music around 1998. I instantly enjoyed Discoverer, Uberlin, That Someone Is You, Oh My Heart, and Walk It Back. Heck, I even enjoy the unabashed cheesiness of Every Day Is Yours To Win. So sue me. There's not one song I really dislike, in fact, although the closing number Blue seems like a hasty shotgun marriage between Country Feedback and E-Bow The Letter, and is to my ears not as successful as the band probably thinks it is.

Finally, I briefly want to address the mastering engineer for this project, a vulgar audio criminal who calls himself Stephen Marcussen. Listen to me, dude: when the Loudness Wars are over, and you're put on trial for your atrocities, for your ruthless limiting and for your utter lack of subtlety with dynamics, and when they finally sentence you to the (musical) chair, I will be there to laugh in your face.
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82 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REM- A fighting fit and on form 15th album March 8, 2011
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3.5 stars
Lets start this review with three basic facts about R.E.M that if accepted will make us all feel much more content and happier.

1. Bill Berry left REM some time ago.
2. The band have already recorded their best albums and with "Murmur" and "Automatic for the people" behind them they will never make better music.
3. Some of their albums since Berry's departure have not been very good and in particular "Around the Sun" could be used for Frisbee practice.

Thus we have REMs 15th album "Collapse into now" which Mike Mills has trailed with the enticing hint that "It makes sense as a whole the same way that Automatic For The People did." And yet it has already been denounced by some critics as a sure sign of a band "stranded between somewhere between pointlessness and real inspiration" (John Harris in Q Mag). So let's ignore the verbal's and judge the songs and see where that takes us. As a starting point after listening to the first four songs it's hard to disagree with Mill's sentiments since they amount to one of the finest opening sets to a REM album in many a long year. The blazing "Discoverer" is a truly excellent rock song full of great chunking Peter Buck chords and with Stipe spitting out the opening lines "Hey baby/This is not a challenge/It just means that I don't love you as much as I always said I did". Next up is the ferocious attack of "All the best" with its great centerpiece line "lets show the kids how to do it fine"; it is followed by "Uberlin" which does echo "Drive" and taps into that instantly recognizable classic REM sound harking back to the "Reckoning" era sound and is a lovely lament and a great Stipe vocal.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E.M.'s Abbey Road... March 9, 2011
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The one thing that mystifies me the most about comments like "R.E.M. are returning to form" is the implication that they LOST their form in the first place. Sure, the post-Berry albums have not been anywhere near as strong as their earlier work. No disputing that. But the worst album they've put out has been Around the Sun, which was definitely uneven and mediocre but still had a few flashes of brilliance (most particularly "Final Straw," which was a full-on political slam on par with any track from their mid-80s discography). The same can be said of Reveal or Up. The cohesiveness of Murmur or Automatic for the People might not have been there, but there were still some very fine songs produced during that period. If the past ten years have been R.E.M. at their worst, then that's actually a mark in their favor, because their worst is still better than most if not all of their peers have been able to put together.

Which brings us to Collapse Into Now. I am not going to waste anybody's time trying to compare it to Automatic or Murmur or anything else. You draw your own conclusions. What I will say is that this album has that cohesion that their recent albums (even Accelerate, which was on the whole a very strong outing) have lacked. The tracks flow together. All of the various stylistic masks the band has worn as they've tried to find their way artistically since Bill Berry's departure coalesce in a natural, unforced way (more than once I've read reviews that say it sounds like a greatest hits album, and that is not an unfair assessment). Peter Buck alternates from full-out feedback-driven rockers to the softer, janglier style that defined R.E.M. in their prime, occasionally throwing in a few chords off a mandolin for good measure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REM's Automatic Sequel?
Collapse Into Now is an amalgamation of REM's past efforts, and gives credence to reviews alluding to them picking and choosing from their vast catalog for inspiration. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Polo Grande
5.0 out of 5 stars What a way to go!
I miss this brilliant group, and this final effort from them ranks with their best efforts. While I miss them tremendously, it is great that they went out on top with a quality... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TJO73
5.0 out of 5 stars George K
I bought this because ALL of my R.E.M. had been stolen by a "friend". R.E.M. is my favorite band of all time. Even though they called it a day back in 2011. Read more
Published 8 months ago by George Klavins
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just more of the same
You know what to expect from REM, and you'll get a little surprise as well. How did I miss this?
Published 9 months ago by Joanne Gendelman
2.0 out of 5 stars Before you ostracize me from the R.E.M. community...
You should know that I've loved this band for the last 15 years. I think all of their records are excellent (including Up and Around the Sun). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Debaser 0
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Swan Song
This is an awesome REM album! It really rounds out and sums up their career nicely. There has never been another group like these guys and there never, ever will be again -... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M Jurgensen
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine and memorable swan song...
Terrific but flawed because of Mr. Stripes' consistent and obvious references to the band 's impending breakup. Is such self-consciousness necessary? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Joe Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good effort
It's a shame rem has called it a day. I think their last two cd's they were getting back to what made them great. Awesome band.
Published 18 months ago by robert hood
5.0 out of 5 stars REM
It is a very good rock album. I wish they would get back together again and make more music like this, even if they have to blend hip-hop with it.
Published 19 months ago by T. Gunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Swan Song
I was sad when I learned of R.E.M's retirement last year. While it's always a gloomy day when you learn that one of your favorite artists is calling it quits, it's easier when you... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
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NPR is streaming the album...
I find Blue to be incredible, a resolution of the whole album. This is about resolving your past, living in the now, and not fearing what is to come. Blue ties that all together and gives us the title - Collapse Into Now.

Take all your experiences, your hopes, your dreams, your past and... Read More
Mar 3, 2011 by Jeffrey Rickel |  See all 3 posts
Special edition?
It appears that the digital deluxe version is just a few live tracks, which feels rather lame. I've not seen any physical deluxe version yet, and I would have expected to this close to the release date.
Feb 6, 2011 by S. Archer |  See all 4 posts
First Impressions
I picked this album up for $9.99 at a local Best Buy, along with a vinyl copy of Abbey Road (which made someone's review comparing the two seem almost ironic!). I took them straight home to listen to. Once I started listening to this new REM, I thought, "Alright, good opening track..."... Read More
Mar 13, 2011 by theshape1 |  See all 4 posts
Why is Collapse Into Now so expensive?
I'm sure they'll drop the price before it is actually released.
Jan 4, 2011 by Here For The Music |  See all 34 posts
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