Analog Planet Rated 9/10 Music, 9/10 Sound!
Collapse into Now is R.E.M.'s fifteenth and final studio album. Released in 2011, the band aimed to create an expansive, varied album; there are slow, beautiful songs juxtaposed with fast-paced rock songs. The band cites the record as more personal than political, intending to touch upon universal themes. The album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on Billboard's US Top Rock Albums chart.
bristles and fizzes with invigorating quantities of wit and fury.
Collapse throws a match in the gas tank on R.E.M.'s way out the door, inviting over friends like Peaches and Eddie Vedder to warm themselves on the flames. The moments of beauty are counteracted by punky rave-ups like 'That Someone Is You' and 'All The Best.' R.E.M. went out at the top of their game and have thankfully done nothing since to tarnish their legacy. Name me another band that could say the same.
Kevin Gray did quite a fine job with these two R.E.M. releases. For one thing, I can turn up the volume while playing either of them without experiencing off-putting harshness... If you love and miss R.E.M. like I do, these new vinyl reissues of Around the Sun and Collapse Into Now are no doubt excellent options for revisiting the group's late-period music that you may have overlooked, or simply not gone back to for a while... you can't go wrong refreshing yourself with spinning either and/or both Sun and Collapse.
- 180g Vinyl
- Made in USA
- All the Best
- Oh My Heart
- It Happened Today
- Every Day Is Yours to Win
- Mine Smell Like Honey
- Walk It Back
- That Someone Is You
- Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I