R.E.M. – Discover

With a career spanning over 30 years, R.E.M. are influential legends. Should it come as no surprise that their newest album titled Collapse Into Now released on March 7th is their best album since 1994’s Monster ?

To some, a band with over 15 albums (not including singles, compilation tracks and EP’s) under their belt, may find it difficult to imagine such a creative force having anything new to say. Track one is called “Discover” and I’m sure it’ll put all doubters to shame. Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills are back with an explosive introductory track. Guest vocals from another influential legend by the name of Patti Smith send this song screaming into the chorus. Other well known musicians featured on the album include, Eddie Vedder, Lenny Kaye, and Peaches. Stipe sings of being laughably wrong, the educated wit that has been a staple in the R.E.M. cannon shines bright on “Discover”. “I don’t have to feel so wrong now, I wake up dreaming saffron, turmeric and brass”. With lines such as these, the band paints an imagery un-like any other group in modern music today.

“Discover” has in it the energy and drive that will make you want to get out and do just that, discover. “That just the slightest bit of finesse, might have made a little less mess. But it was what it was, let’s all get on with it now”. Although in the live video, Stipe, Mills, and Buck are much, much older and greyer, the fury and intensity is something they cannot shake. “Let’s all get on with it now”.


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