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Hear It: R.E.M. Release First Single from New Album

Hear the band's gorgeous track "Mine Smell Like Honey" from fifteenth disc Collapse Into Now.

By: Kevin O'Donnell // January 19, 2011

After teasing the anthemic track “Discoverer” and their gorgeous collaboration with Eddie Vedder from their forthcoming 15th album, Collapse Into Now, R.E.M. have finally dropped the album’s first official single, “Mine Smell Like Honey.” Hear it below — it’s also available for purchase via iTunes.

Back in November, multi-instrumentalist Mike Mills told SPIN that the band was going for a more “expansive” sound on Collapse (out March 8) by mixing straight-up rockers with introspective ballads — a contrast to the short-and-fast approach to 2008’s Accelerate.

“Honey” falls perfectly in between: Peter Buck’s riffs veer from gritty power chords into his trademark, bright jangle, while Mills lays down some soaring backing vocal melodies under Michael Stipe’s gravelly lead vocals.