A few weeks ago, R.E.M.’s final single, “We All Go Back to Where We Belong,” was released online. Now, with the release of greatest hits compilation Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 only a week away, NPR is streaming the collection in its entirety.
Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage spans the entirety of R.E.M.’s career all the way through this year’s album Collapse into Now. Disc one showcases the ‘80s R.E.M., a wild, adventurous underground force, while disc two focuses on the group’s subsequent superstardom in the ‘90s and beyond. The second disc also contains three previously unreleased tracks: the aforementioned “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” as well as “A Month of Saturdays” and “Hallelujah.”
NPR is streaming each disc of the greatest-hits comp as a single audio file, so to hear the new tracks you’ll have to skip ahead. “A Month of Saturdays” begins on the Disc Two stream at 1:06:38, “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” begins at 1:08:17 and “Hallelujah” begins at 1:11:51. NPR’s review of the tracks (as well as the compilation in general) was lukewarm, referring to the new material as “fairly inconsequential” and “add[ing] little to the R.E.M. legacy” — but in light of the fact that they’re probably the last new R.E.M. songs we’ll ever hear, it’s nice to have them.
Stream all of Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage on NPR’s website. To view the compilation’s tracklist, click here.