R.E.M. return this week with Collapse Into Now, their new album that they have decided not to tour in support of. This is a damn shame because after listening to it a couple times through, this album is already a thousand times better than their previous record Accelerate. While Accelerate was Michael Stipe's way of brushing off the dust and rocking out, Collapse Into Now has produced some possible new R.E.M. classics. "Oh My Heart" and "Uberlin" have what it takes to become new fan favorites. It seems to me that whenever they decide to vary their sound they tend to produce better music. Collapse Into Now is the perfect blend of acoustic and electric versions of R.E.M. and ultimately is the best record they have released in recent years.