R.E.M.'s New Song 'Mine Smell Like Honey'

Band returns to jangling guitars and sweet harmonies on first single from 'Collapse Into Now'

Anton Corbijn
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"Mine Smell Like Honey," the first official single from R.E.M.'s forthcoming album Collapse Into Now, finds each member of the trio playing to long-established strengths. Peter Buck's guitar parts alternate between the jangle of 1984's Reckoning and the crunch of 1996's New Adventures in Hi-Fi, while Michael Stipe sings some seriously inscrutable lyrics in a low, weathered grumble before launching into a sweeping chorus. As ever, the band's secret weapon is Mike Mills, who provides the tune's best hook with his call-and-response backing vocals on the lead-up to the chorus.