REM have revealed that Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith and Peaches have all recorded guest vocals on the band’s new album, ‘Collapse Into Now’, which is due for release next year. I’m not sure it will increase the chances of the album being worth listening to at all, but Patti Smith did appear on the band’s last good LP, 1996′s ‘New Adventures In Hi-Fi’.
Speaking about the sound of the new long player, the band’s Mike Mills told Spin: “With [2008's] ‘Accelerate’ we were trying to make a point by making the songs as short and as fast as possible. So we wanted this new one to be more expansive. We wanted to put more variety into it and not limit ourselves to any one type of song. There are some really slow, beautiful songs; there are some nice, mid-tempo ones; and then there are three or four rockers”.