Collapse Into Now
March 7, 2011
Collapse into Now is the 15th and final studio album by the 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.”
As of September 2011, the album had sold 142,000 copies in the United States. 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. The band never played any of the songs live, though Michael Stipe did play “Every Day Is Yours to Win” live without R.E.M. for the Tibethouse Annual Benefit Concert