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Old 03-07-2011, 11:37 PM   #616
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When are we gonna get LP16?!?!
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:12 AM   #617
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When are we gonna get LP16?!?!
Feb 2014? I like that there was only 2 years 11 months between Accelerate and Collapse Into Now. A slightly accelerated album release schedule from some other bands we know.
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In case anyone was wondering, my research shows that Best Buy is cheaper than Target on this one, $9.99 to $11.99.


IT HAPPENED TODAY!!


Back tonight with my review...
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:24 AM   #620
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REM - Collapse Into Now
8.5/10

This is a great album. It ranks right up there with some of the best in REM's catalogue. I believe it is the best album released since New Adventures In Hi-Fi. The other albums in between that and this one sort of fell flat. A few hits, but nothing terribly amazing. Collapse Into Now has got catchy tunes every step of the way. I never found myself bored...well, only once. When I first heard "Oh My Heart" I was not too excited, but after my second and third listens of the album, it really grew on me. Overall, this is a fantastic album. And, it's exactly like some critics (and REM themselves) have stated - it's like a cross between Accelerate and Out of Time. There's some great stuff right here.

Key Tracks:
Discoverer
Mine Smell Like Honey
Blue
Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter
Uberlin

EDIT: I'm giving the album a fourth listen again today. Hopefully tonight I will post a Track-By-Track overview of this excellent album.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:16 PM   #621
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Here's a quick Track-By-Track of Collapse Into Now:

Discoverer - The opening track is a throwback to class REM tracks, like What's The Frequency, Kenneth? Radio Free Europe, and Orange Crush. It has some really fantastic guitar, which you hear right off the bat.
All The Best - A great rocker that seems fitting to follow the blistering opener. It's hot and heavy, it's got thick guitars and deep lyrics when you really sit down and listen to them.
Uberlin - This song is, to me, eerily reminiscent of the band's hit "Losing My Religion". The guitar is quick and catchy, Stipe's lyrics are nice, clear, and descriptive as he sings, "I know what I am chasing / I know that this is changing me / I am flying on a star into a meteor tonight" and continues to go on, "I will make it through the day and the day becomes the night / I will make it through the night." Good stuff right here.
Oh My Heart - This great song sounds like something left off of the band's Automatic for the People. It's a sad, loving ballad. Stipe gushes the lyrics out in an almost bored, monotone voice...which is not a bad thing. The way he so effortlessly sings the verses and the repetitive chorus of, "Oh my heart! Oh my heart!" puts extra meaning on this song.
It Happened Today - "This is not a parable, this is a terrible. This is a terrible thing." Michael Stipe opens this song, saying that he has "earned [his] wings". Eddie Vedder guests on this track, but unless I had previously been informed of his guesting stint, I would have had no idea that he performed on this one.
Every Day is Yours to Win - This is a soft song that reminds me of a certain Band of Horses tune. Stipe opens up with a bunch of rhymes and then says, "I cannot tell a lie. It's not all cherry pie. But it's all there waiting for you, yeah you." The guitar is ever-present in the background and the drumming is soft and melancholy. Not the best track on the album, but it is a welcome addition.
Mine Smell Like Honey - My personal favorite song off the new album. A classic REM track right here. It is a riotously fun ride. It's weird, it's funny, it makes you wanna jump off your seat and start rocking some awesome air guitar.
Walk It Back - This is a soft, yearning piano ballad. "What would you have me say? Instead of what I said?" Stipe asks in this almost apologetic song. It is one you certainly must hear. Halfway through the song, the beat picks up and Stipe sings some of the best vocals of his career.
Alligator Aviator Autopilot Anitmatter - "Hey, hey, alligator, you've got a lot to learn / I have got, I've got a lot to learn." Stipe takes the role of several different people/animals/objects...hence the name. It is a riveting track that reminded me a lot of "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".
That Someone Is You - This track is only 1:43 long. It's the shortest on the album, but it definitely makes it's inclusion on the album known. It's a rocker, one of the harder ones on the album. "And with the fury lock of Sharon Stone Casino, Scarface Al Pacino, '74 Torino / I Need someone else to make the first move....that someone is you!" It's a fun track.
Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando, and I - Despite the mouthful of a name, as you would expect, Stipe effortlessly belts out the voice on this song without skipping a beat. The pounding bass drum can be heard throughout the song and it leads to a very ominous sound. It's a good one.
Blue - One of the best off the album. Definitely in the top 3 for me. It's the longest track on the new album, clocking in at 5:46, and it uses every bit of that. Blue is a great choice for a closer as it emasculates the entirety of Collapse Into Now in that short almost 6 minute song. It ends with a "re-imagining" of Discoverer's signature guitar line and it is just terrific. It leaves you wanting more, it leaves you sad that REM is not touring to support this album, because Blue would be an awesome song to see live in concert.

So good.
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Picked it up at my local Starbucks this morning. Whoot whoot.

 
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Picked it up at my local Starbucks this morning. Whoot whoot.

 
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I like this.
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I like this.
Someone in SLC likes Starbucks?!



My copy is sitting on my porch along with the Blu-Ray season one set of The Walking Dead. Friggin' Amazon.
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Someone in SLC likes Starbucks?!



My copy is sitting on my porch along with the Blu-Ray season one set of The Walking Dead. Friggin' Amazon.
Hahaha yes I enjoy a Starbucks every now and then!
I was more liking the fact that she picked up her own copy of the album!
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:09 PM   #626
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Had I also known we would be selling the Adele album, I'd have waited to pick it up. I don't know why it wasn't in the stores the week it came out. Oh well.
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Hmm. Mixed feelings here. This is a total first impression, and I don't even remember how all the songs go.

I'll say that I liked the first two rockers more than their Accelerate counterparts, seemed to have a little more substance. The next two I was a little more MEH on. UBerlin was reminding me of Electrolite at times, especially with all the "star" references type stuff. "Stars" are ann overused metaphor to begin with, and Stipe already wore it out on All The Way To Reno. Oh My Heart is about as bland as its title would suggest (despite some a big vocal from Stipe) and it also marks the second time on the album where Stipe uses "kids". Dude, please don't keep reminding us of how old you are. And it seems like it's trying way too hard to recapture the Automatic For The People sound with the accordion.

Luckily, the third lighter song in a row has more life to it, and not just because of Vedder's presence. I like the handclaps and the worldless harmonizing on the second half of the song.

Every Day Is Yours To Win is another slower/mellower track, but the upward trajectory continues as this one has a lot more atmosphere to it; a delicacy that's very pretty but not boring.

Mine Smell Like Honey is reminiscent of classic R.E.M.-style rockers, especially on the post-chorus. Like this one a lot.

And then it goes right back to another enjoyable moody, retro ballad in Walk It Back. Which I like, but "Honey" sounds odd sandwiched inbetween these two songs. Of course, to move this one to right after Every Day would have been an overload of downbeat. I don't know. Definitely some tracklist issues.

Alligator is fun, certainly wouldn't have been out of place on Accelerate, but I think the tune is better than most of the generic rockers on the previous album. Great choruses.

That Someone Is You is another nod to classic R.E.M., and it gets out of the way before it can make too much of an impression, but again, it's better than something like I'm Gonna DJ or Horse to Water.

Marlon Brando, unfortunately, goes back to the MEH of the first two ballads on the album. And the fact that Stipe already wrote about a famous Method actor on Monty Got a Raw Deal (not one of Automatic's stronger tracks) makes this seem a little redundant. It doesn't really go anywhere. I should add that none of these slower ones are as bad as Until The Day Is Done or The Final Straw. So there's that, at least.

Blue. Wow. When people said it sounded like Country Feedback, I didn't realize that it was going to sound EXACTLY like that song. Are you fucking kidding me? How do three guys come up with this shit and not stop themselves from this kind of self-theft? And it's hard to take Stipe's beat poetry stuff seriously because of this. Because, let's be frank, his spoken word isn't anywhere near as good as on the first incarnation of this song, or on E-Bow The Letter. The song does change gears halfway through and becomes its own creature, which I like, but then it's over too quickly.

I don't know what that reprise of Discoverer is supposed to be, but it doesn't work. Maybe if the songs had ANYTHING in common the choice would make sense but it seems abrupt and non-sensical. I'd blame it on Cocknife Lee if I hadn't seen Buck/Mills/Stipe make so many poor decisions themselves in the last 10 years.

So, best album since Up? I guess. That's not saying much. And it's not fit to hold Up's jockstrap. It's richer than Accelerate overall, but I'm not sure yet if I like anything on it as much as Mr. Richards or Sing For The Submarine.

It could have been worse, but maybe this is as good as it's gonna get at this point. And lest I sound like a fanboy, while there aren't any tracks here as ludicrous as Cock Crazy or Stand Up Referee, I think it's safe to say that Shuttlecock seems a lot more inspired at this stage in their careers. There are at least five songs on No Net that are far beyond what I'm hearing on Collapse Into Now.
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Lazarus - maybe I'm just not getting it, but I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about in that last paragraph. No clue at all.
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Let's start with this basic puzzle piece: Shuttlecock = U2. No Net = No Line On the Horizon.

Does that help?
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oh yeah, okay. Cock Crazy and Stand Up Referee I took as their respective songs.

It was the Shuttlecock and No Net things that threw me off.
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