Compiling "In Time" must have been an arduous task. The single-disc set attempts to collect R.E.M.

Compiling "In Time" must have been an arduous task. The single-disc set attempts to collect R.E.M.'s greatest hits from the past 16 years with Warner Bros., which includes seven studio albums, more than 30 singles and numerous soundtrack contributions. Because of the volume of work and space limitations, such hits as "Drive," "Bang and Blame," "Bittersweet Me" and "Shiny Happy People"—all top 10 Modern Rock tracks—are omitted. (Yes, we know the band loathes "Shiny," but it was still a huge hit and remains a fan fave.) However, what is present on "In Time" is a fair representation of the band's output since 1988. Also on board are two new songs: the jangle-pop social commentary "Bad Day" and the rocking "Animal." A special edition of the album comes with a second disc of rarities.—KC