R.E.M. are showing signs of a reboot, with the release of a new single Mine Smell Like Honey, which will be followed by a brand new album, Collapse Into Now, due date set for March 7 (so it won’t be a long wait). I’m not sure what the video is about, but it gets funny after a while.
Hearing that these guys are about to release a new album wasn’t much of a reason for excitement – thank you very much Accelerate. Their previous effort (look four words to the left) seemed like they too have been infected with that terrible disease that makes bands think they are gods and legends because they’ve been around for so long, that they can put out boring rock records and there’ll still be plenty of boring rock critics to kiss their boring rock asses.
Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to hear this fresh yet Document-bred single, which gets you hooked before you can say It’s the End of the World (you don’t even get to the And I Feel Fine part !). It certainly stirred enough curiosity as to give REM another chance to contribute to their already impressive collection of memorable songs, instead of just calling it a day and pretending they’ve disbanded after Around the Sun. Well, at least, it’s something to look forward to about March, which is not flower-related… or is it ? (honey-flower, flower-honey…)