Tag Archives: R.E.M.

Sneak Peeks at the New R.E.M. Album

March 8 will see the release of R.E.M.’s latest album ‘Collapse into Now’, and interestingly, this will be their final contracted album on the Warner label. If you’re sitting back and going “Whatever, REM blah blah blah dead old boring…” you’d better sit up and take note. Guitarist Peter Buck calls it “song for song, the best thing we’ve ever done”, with bassist Mike Mills agreeing it’s “our best record since Out of Time”. That’s a hefty statement when you … Continue reading

The King is Dead. The Decemberists: Not So Much.

So the King is Dead, or so The Decemberists would have you believe in this melodic sixth release from one of the best folk-rock outfits in the business. It is laden with tributes and subtleties, some good, some bad. The album name is a tribute to The Smiths’ “The Queen is Dead” and at least three songs sound like they were composed by R.E.M. with lyrics being filled in by Colin Meloy. This is their first album to go to … Continue reading