REM promise ‘Collapse Into Now’ will be a ‘classic’-sounding album

Guitarist Peter Buck tells NME about band's forthcoming record

R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck says the band have recaptured their “classic” sound on new album ‘Collapse Into Now’.

Buck, speaking in the new issue of NME, said the band are feeling confident about the album ahead of its March 7 release.

“I’ve always tended to not say it’s the greatest record we’ve ever done because that’s what everyone does and it’s usually bullshit,” he said. “But this feels like every song all the way through is great.”

He added: “I hate to say that, but that’s just the feeling. It’s got some beautiful, heartbreaking things and well as some really noisy rock and everything in between. It sounds really classic.”

Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder and Peaches all appear on the album. Head to NME’s Daily Download blog to hear songs featured on it.

R.E.M are in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now and available digitally.

The issue previews the 60 most exciting albums of 2011, also featuring The Strokes, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Beady Eye, Bombay Bicycle Club, Wild Beasts and 52 other acts, with in-the-studio reports and photos.

Blog – which albums are you most looking forward to hearing in 2011?

Photo gallery – in-the-studio and beyond with the acts releasing new albums this year