50 Best Albums of 2011

R.E.M., 'Collapse Into Now'

16. R.E.M., 'Collapse Into Now'

R.E.M.'s parting shot was the opposite of a dramatic farewell. Instead, we got a stately summary of their folk-pop senescence, complete with the gorgeous Katrina elegy "Oh My Heart," Michael Stipe's spokenword showcase "Blue" and excellent early-Nineties throwbacks like "Überlin." Thanks for the memories, guys.

Rob Sheffield's Original Review: R.E.M.'s 'Collapse Into Now'
Photos: R.E.M. Through The Years

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