Product Code: CR00551
Artist: R.E.M.
Origin: Czechoslavakia
Label: Craft Recordings (2023)
Format: LP
Availability: In Stock
Cover: M
Record: M
Genre: Alternative Rock , Rock N

Collapse Into Now

Brand new sealed 180 gram reissue of this classic album.

Collapse into Now is the fifteenth and final studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on March 7, 2011, on Warner Bros. Produced by Jacknife Lee, who previously worked with the band on Accelerate (2008), the album was preceded by the singles "It Happened Today," "Mine Smell Like Honey," "Überlin" and "Oh My Heart".

Regarding the album's title, lead singer Michael Stipe noted, "It's the final thing I sing, the last song on the record before the record goes into a coda and reprises the first song. In my head, it's like I'm addressing a nine-year-old and I'm saying, 'I come from a faraway place called the 20th century. And these are the values and these are the mistakes we've made and these are the triumphs. These are the things that we held in the highest esteem. These are the things to learn from."[3]

As of September 2011, the album had sold 142,000 copies in the United States.[4] At the time of the band's breakup, bassist Mike Mills noted that the album's lyrical content contained "indications" that the band were planning to split.[5] In 2019, the band was more forthright on the hints they were making via the album: "That's the record where we put ourselves on the cover for the first time and I'm waving goodbye, and nobody got it," said Stipe in 2019. "We were saying, 'This is it, sayonara, we're out of here.'"[6]

The band did not tour to support the album and therefore never performed any of the songs in concert, although Michael Stipe did play "Every Day Is Yours to Win" without R.E.M. for the Tibethouse Annual Benefit Concert.[7]

Discoverer 3:31
    All The Best 2:48
    Überlin 4:15
    Oh My Heart 3:21
    It Happened Today 3:49
    Every Day Is Yours To Win 3:26
    Mine Smell Like Honey 3:13
    Walk It Back 3:24
    Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter 2:45
    That Someone Is You 1:44
    Me, Marlon Brando, Marlon Brando And I 3:03
    Blue 5:46