I think anyone who knows me a little bit knows I kinda like REM. I have forgiven them for a few iffy albums (Around The Sun) and find beauty in some of the derided albums (Up & Reveal). They are one of the bands whose output has soundtracked parts of my life since I was 17/18. Some albums (Document, Out of Time & New Adventures in HiFi) are probably some of the most played records that I own.
New albums can be a worry but Accelerate worked and the new release doesn’t disappoint. I’m only on the second listen of Collapse Into Now but it has some great songs. I’m not going to do a track by track review. You can find a million words out there. This interview with Mr Stipe is pretty good though. There’s also this one which I’ve yet to read (see I’m so up to date I’m ahead of myself).
So here’s my contribution to the new album experience……..
A little interview thing…
….currently my favourite song on the album… (subject to immediate change)
….and finally the free gift (unreleased but excellent quality. Caveats as normal. Post take downs if you are offended by it’s presence!)
18 tracks from a tour in between ‘Up’ & ‘Reveal’. Release quality stuff which includes ‘The Great Beyond’ & ‘Imitation of Life’ , two of my favourite later songs.
01 Imitation Of Life
02 The Great Beyond
03 What’s The Frequency Kenneth
04 All The Way To Reno
05 Day Sleeper
06 I’ve Been High
08 The Lifting
09 At My Most Beautiful
10 I’ll Take The Rain
11 The One I Love
12 She Just Wants To Be
13 Walk Unafraid
14 Losing My Religion
15 Man On the Moon
16 So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)
17 It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
18 Imitation of Life
It’s a good listen. Given I’ve seen a few downloads before it’s been posted it must be likable. Several more on the HD if comments are favourable.
Walk unafraid true believers 🙂