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Collapse Into Now

Collapse Into Now''It's just like me to overstay my welcome,'' barks Michael Stipe, daring listeners to agree. Late-period R.E.M. often lacks the fire and finesse of their...Collapse Into NowRock''It's just like me to overstay my welcome,'' barks Michael Stipe, daring listeners to agree. Late-period R.E.M. often lacks the fire and finesse of their...2011-06-24
R.E.M., Michael Stipe | FALLING TO PIECES R.E.M.'s latest, Collapse Into Now

FALLING TO PIECES R.E.M.'s latest, Collapse Into Now

Collapse Into Now

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: R.E.M.; Music Label: Warner Bros.

”It’s just like me to overstay my welcome,” barks Michael Stipe, daring listeners to agree. Late-period R.E.M. often lacks the fire and finesse of their college-rock classics, but Collapse Into Now’s sharp power-pop blasts get it half right. Stipe’s cornball lyrics still rankle, but when the acoustic lilt of ”It Happened Today” melts into a sweet, wordless coda powered by Mike Mills’ epic harmonies, it’s a welcome reminder, and a pleasant surprise. B

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