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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Righting themselves via their long-awaited return to rock Accelerate, R.E.M. regrouped and rediscovered their core strengths as a band, strengths they build upon on its 2011 sequel, Collapse into Now. Cautiously moving forward from Accelerate's Life's Rich Pageant blueprint, R.E.M. steer themselves toward the pastoral, acoustic moments of Out of Time and Automatic for the People without quite leaving behind the tight, punchy rockers that fueled Accelerate's race to the end zone. This broadening of the palette is as deliberate as Accelerate's reduction of R.E.M. to ringing Rickenbackers, and while it occasionally feels as if the bandmembers sifted through their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Righting themselves via their long-awaited return to rock Accelerate, R.E.M. regrouped and rediscovered their core strengths as a band, strengths they build upon on its 2011 sequel, Collapse into Now. Cautiously moving forward from Accelerate's Life's Rich Pageant blueprint, R.E.M. steer themselves toward the pastoral, acoustic moments of Out of Time and Automatic for the People without quite leaving behind the tight, punchy rockers that fueled Accelerate's race to the end zone. This broadening of the palette is as deliberate as Accelerate's reduction of R.E.M. to ringing Rickenbackers, and while it occasionally feels as if the bandmembers sifted through their past to find appropriate blueprints for new songs, there is merit to their madness. R.E.M. embrace their past to the extent that they disdain the modern, reveling in their comfortable middle age even if they sometimes slip into geezerhood, with Michael Stipe spending more than one song wondering about kids these days. He's not griping; he's merely accepting his age, which is kind of what R.E.M. do as a band here, too. Over a tight 41 minutes, they touch upon all the hallmarks from when Bill Berry still anchored the band, perhaps easing up on the jangle but devoting plenty of space to rough-hewn acoustics and mandolin, rushing rock & roll, and wide-open, eerie mood pieces that sound like rewrites of "E-Bow the Letter." Any slight element of recycling is offset by craft so skilled it almost seems casual. This may impart a lack of urgency to Collapse into Now but it also means that it delivers R.E.M. sounding like R.E.M., something that has been in short supply since the departure of Berry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624962717
  • Catalog Number: 525611
  • Sales rank: 81,501

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Discoverer (3:31)
  2. 2 All the Best (2:47)
  3. 3 Uberlin (4:14)
  4. 4 Oh My Heart (3:20)
  5. 5 It Happened Today - Eddie Vedder (3:48)
  6. 6 Every Day is Yours To Win (3:26)
  7. 7 Mine Smell Like Honey (3:12)
  8. 8 Walk It Back (3:24)
  9. 9 Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter - Peaches (2:45)
  10. 10 That Someone is You (1:44)
  11. 11 Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I (3:03)
  12. 12 Blue - Patti Smith (5:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
R.E.M. Primary Artist
Scott McCaughey Guitar, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Peter Buck Group Member
Leroy Jones Trumpet
Kirk Joseph Sousaphone
Lenny Kaye Guitar, Soloist
Craig Klein Trombone
Mike Mills Group Member
Bill Rieflin Bouzouki, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Patti Smith Vocals
Michael Stipe Group Member
Eddie Vedder Vocals
Mark Mullins Trombone
Peaches Vocals
Shamarr Allen Trumpet
Joel Gibb Vocals
Jacknife Lee Guitar, Keyboards
Greg Hicks Trombone
Technical Credits
Peter Buck Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
R.E.M. Producer
Michael Stipe Composer, Packaging
Mark Mullins Horn Arrangements
Bertis Downs Advisor
Sam Bell Engineer
Chris Bilheimer Packaging
Tucker Martine Engineer
Tom McFall Engineer
Jacknife Lee Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    This is a great new album!

    A lot of different sounds will make you replay this album to discover new favorites. Overall a casual, fun album to listen to any day of the week.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    Their Quirky Mojo is Back.

    While longtime fans will find comfortable familiarity with Blue, the final track, I really enjoy this record. It's well-paced, a good mix of ballads, mid-tempo and rockers, and isn't tiring after back-to-back listens. Their quirky mojo has returned.

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