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‘Collapse Into Now’ by R.E.M. Music Review

Have you taken a listen to R.E.M.’s new album ‘Collapse Into Now’? It’s out and we’ve got the review.

Rob Sheffield – Rolling Stone

For anyone wondering what Michael Stipe wants after all these years, Stipe has chosen R.E.M.’s 15th album as the place to run down his wish list. “I want Whitman proud!” he declares in the superb finale, “Blue.”

Michael Stipe
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“I want Patti Lee proud,” meaning old friend Patti Smith, who’s there in the studio making gorgeously guttural noises. “I want my brothers proud,” probably meaning Peter Buck and Mike Mills, who cut loose with a country-feedback guitar groove. “I want my sisters proud! I want me! I want it all! I want sensational, irresistible! This is my time, and I am thrilled to be alive!” And he sounds it.

Smith suggested the title Collapse Into Now, which could be an answer to her heartbreaking memoir from last year, Just Kids. Except instead of scruffy young bohemians hustling to make it, it’s a portrait of full-grown artists who reached the top long ago but decided to stick together and ride out the decades.

Full review at Collapse Into Now by R.E.M. | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews.

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