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Old 03-04-2011, 07:45 PM   #601
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*jazz piano solo*
One of my favorite R.E.M. moments.

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"Dreaming of Maria Callas, whoever she is"

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This may be an unpopular opinion, but E-Bow is the last great R.E.M. song. Just about everything in that song works splendidly.
Sing For The Submarine is legitimately great. Regardless, there are several other great songs on the album right after the one E-Bow is on.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:26 PM   #602
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Electron blue puts my teeth to sleep.
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Electron blue puts my teeth to sleep.
cocaine is a hell of a drug.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:57 AM   #604
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:33 PM   #605
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I fail to see how one can love E-Bow and not love its existential beat poet newborn sibling Blue.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:58 PM   #606
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I think Blue is great too, but I must admit that its similarity to E Bow left a bad taste in my mouth. Guess that must have happened to fans in 1996 who were reminded of Country Feedback upon hearing E Bow.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:34 PM   #607
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I didn't get a bad taste, I just took it as evidence of a connection between each of the songs, and tying together periods in the band's history, after all this is quite a reflecting album. Plus the late-album placement / ruminating nature & Patti Smith's presence make the connection between the two more recent songs in question all the more plain.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:12 AM   #608
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Here's a little clip of Stipe from Nightline:

Nightline Playlist: Michael Stipe - ABC News
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:22 AM   #609
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Review from Spin
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'Collapse Into Now'
Finding Their Religion: Refreshed and refueled for a new alt-rock reckoning

The definitely-call-it-a-comeback Accelerate was the sound of R.E.M. gloriously shaking themselves awake from a mid-life slumber. The equally enticing Collapse Into Now -- album number 15! -- taps the brakes and sets the cruise control, unafraid to check the rearview for trusty old tricks. It sounds every molecule like R.E.M., which thankfully means no alarms and no detours. The desire to be more adventurous got us a 2005 duet with Q-Tip, and that ended badly.

Here, instead, they discover the glow of middle age, warmly acknowledging the past -- hello again, Peter Buck's mandolin -- while realizing that the present can feel just as comforting. The sober, pretty "Uberlin" sounds like a happier cousin to "Drive." Twinkling ballad "Every Day Is Yours to Win" updates "Everybody Hurts" for the other side of despair, when optimism seeps back in. "Discoverer" and "All the Best" deliver sexy crunch for Monster fans. It's R.E.M.'s many faces, collapsing into now.

Which isn't to say there's nothing novel happening: Michael Stipe's vocals have rarely sounded richer or more vulnerable than on the spare, piano-led "Walk It Back," and he invites a bunch of other voices to complement his own, including Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith, and Peaches, who adds a rich but distant layer to the head-rushing, raucous "Alligator Aviator Autopilot." But Collapse mostly sounds like a familiar friend -- reliable in all the best ways, but still capable of quietly insinuating surprises.
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Popmatters gave it a 6.

R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now < PopMatters
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Old 03-07-2011, 09:33 AM   #611
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Blue actually reminds me more of Country Feedback than E-Bow. Which makes it the best song on the album.

Not that there's much competition I'm afraid.
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Blue really is Country Feedback Part II... only minus all the good writing and sonic atmosphere.
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Can I just take this moment to profess my love of "I'll Take the Rain"?

Not that I need permission.
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Hey guys, there's a new R.E.M. album coming out tomorrow!
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:37 PM   #615
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