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Collapse into Now continues the electric pulse of Accelerate and brings it to a new loudness. The days of Michael Stipe mumbling are long passed, but his days of yelling over the band are in full swing. Even when he can think of nothing but “Oh My Heart” to serve as a chorus, he does it with a passion usually reserved for the more topical tunes. “It Happened Today” jangles as if the band re-found “Driver 8” and decided to ask for directions. “Every Day Is Yours to Win” swamps up the sound with so many swirling instruments that the band can hardly be called an instrumental three-piece, since Mike Mills colors everything in sight. “Discoverer,” “All the Best,” and “Mine Smell Like Honey,” with production that ramps up the serrated edges, grind with distortion and an aggression not often associated with the post–Bill Berry group. “Walk It Back” is the piano ballad. “Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter” and “That Someone Is You” are the stream-of-consciousness rockers. “Blue,” the official album closer, seems like an extraterrestrial transmission; it sounds as if Stipe is merging with his radio stuck between stations.


Formed: 1980 in Athens, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 hooks with mumbled, cryptic lyrics and a D.I.Y. aesthetic borrowed from post-punk, the band simultaneously sounded traditional...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 2011

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