It seems we might hear the entire new R.E.M. album before it even comes out. The aforementioned, 15th studio full length from the rock moguls, Collapse Into Now, includes music from Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, eccentric pop artist Peaches, and classic singer/songwriter Patti Smith. The first official single in North America, the 90s sounding pop number, “Mine Smell Like Honey” came out last week, but the band has another lead single in mind for their fans in Europe. “Uberlin” is a simplistic and downtempo acoustic ballad that finds Michael Stipe sounding more passionate and hot-blooded than he does on the other glimpses of the record. Producer Jacknife Lee stated it has “a melancholy only R.E.M. can articulate.”
Collapse Into Now is out March 8th via Warner.