Collapse Into Now

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2011 Ratings: #345 / 922
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2011 Ratings: #253
March 8, 2011 / Release Date
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Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Consequence of Sound

Collapse Into Now is the band’s best record since New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

80
No Ripcord

The resulting effort is one that is distinctly R.E.M.: pure sonic goodness.

70
musicOMH

Collapse Into Now is a fine album, and one that's far better than any band together for three decades has any right to be.

68
Pitchfork

Bits and pieces from every great R.E.M. record are present on Collapse Into Now, but the ease with which the band once combined these elements is now tenuous and hard-fought.

60
Drowned in Sound

Even as part timers, nobody should be surprised that R.E.M. can still make excellent music, though perhaps great albums now elude them.

60
PopMatters

Instead of being focused on a goal as Accelerate was, Collapse into Now finds the trio slipping back into bad habits by indulging itself.

78
So, here it is, the last album from one of the finest rock bands of all time. Collapse Into Now is a fine record, showcasing some of the band's finest sides. Part of the album continues the loud and fast style from their previous album Accelerate, other parts sound melancholic and slow like some of their earlier work. It's not their most original album, in fact, it's mostly just a rehash of what we have heard before, but there are still some outstanding moments.

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MinatoArisato
65
Collapse Into Now is an alright record by a legendary band. It sounds and feels like R.E.M. should but just isn't all that interesting or fresh.

Best Track: Uberlin
Worst Track: Mine Smell Like Honey
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Year End Lists

#6/MAGNET
#16/Rolling Stone
#49/Under the Radar

MISC LISTS

#50/NPR Listeners

Track List

  1. Discoverer 
  2. All The Best 
  3. Uberlin 
  4. Oh My Heart 
  5. It Happened Today 
  6. Every Day Is Yours To Win 
  7. Mine Smell Like Honey 
  8. Walk It Back 
  9. Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter 
  10. That Someone Is You 
  11. Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando and I 
  12. Blue
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