R.E.M. Release "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," Single From 'Part Lies, Part Heart... 1982-2011' Compilation

A nearly perfect 40-track retrospective to summarize a brilliant career...
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R.E.M. - Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011
R.E.M. has prepared the final chapter of their incredible Hall of Fame 31-year career with a retrospective package that puts together the defining songs they created in the '80s for IRS as well as music from their commercial apex with Warner Brothers in the '90s and beyond for the very first time, having announced their retirement late last month. 

Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 will be released Nov. 15 and is a two-disc set featuring songs from every R.E.M. album beginning with the Chronic Town EP all the way through this year's Collapse Into Now and will also include three new songs, the last final recordings from the band.

R.E.M. - We All Go Back To Where We BelongThe three new songs are "A Month of Saturdays," "We All Go Back To Where We Belong," and "Hallelujah." "We All Go Back" will be released as a single and while I haven't heard a note, the title alone makes it a perfect choice. I suppose a song called "Hallelujah" might work for some bands but it would have been an odd one for R.E.M. I only hope it's not the 2 billionth cover of the Leonard Cohen song.

The classics chosen to represent the career of one of my favorite bands is nearly perfect. It would be impossible to get them all on there as we noted in 10 R.E.M. Songs MTV Didn't Overplay (But Should Have), but this is a good job of summarizing. I'd make a few changes ("New Test Leper"? Really?) but the band has created what will be the perfect introduction for future generations.

The shock of the band's announcement has worn off but I'm still wearing black. I'm never ready to say goodbye to a favorite band but this is different. This is R.E.M. and they still had ideas and things to say. Accelerate was a really good album and there were moments ofCollapse that really worked.

They were reaching the end of their relationship with WB, meaning they could have done what bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails have done when it comes to exploring new ways to bring their music to the people. They'd better managed to work on their own terms while under contract with a major label than most. They toured when they wanted to, even if that meant not touring for their two most commercially successful records (Out of Timeand Automatic For The People). They played by their own rules and didn't complain when commercial fortunes faded as a result.

From the outside looking in, it appeared they had music left in them and even more freedom to determine how it was presented. What they didn't have was the burning desire to do anything with either and so they called it a day. How very R.E.M. of them. They remained true to themselves until the end. I'm still going to miss them.


Disc 1:

  1. Gardening At Night
  2. Radio Free Europe
  3. Talk About The Passion
  4. Sitting Still
  5. So. Central Rain
  6. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
  7. Driver 8
  8. Life And How To Live It
  9. Begin The Begin
  10. Fall On Me
  11. Finest Worksong
  12. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  13. The One I Love
  14. Stand
  15. Pop Song 89
  16. Get Up
  17. Orange Crush
  18. Losing My Religion
  19. Country Feedback
  20. Shiny Happy People

Disc 2:

  1. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
  2. Everybody Hurts
  3. Man On The Moon
  4. Nightswimming
  5. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?
  6. New Test Leper
  7. Electrolite
  8. At My Most Beautiful
  9. The Great Beyond
  10. Imitation Of Life
  11. Bad Day
  12. Leaving New York
  13. Living Well Is The Best Revenge
  14. Supernatural Superserious
  15. ÜBerlin
  16. Oh My Heart
  17. Alligator_Aviator_Autopilot_Antimatter
  18. A Month of Saturdays
  19. We All Go Back To Where We Belong
  20. Hallelujah