If you like R.E.M. you've already heard and bought the title track, probably on the special edition of In Time: Best of 1988-2003. So did I. The question for me then was do the B-Sides (an arcane term now I guess) make this single worth buying. The answer is a resounding yes.
The first two songs are covers, done in a very enjoyable style reminiscent of great R.E.M. cover B-sides of the past. (Wall of Death, First We Take Manhattan, etc.) "Favorite Writer" is a great pop song featuring very sad, tragic words juxtaposed with tremendously happy music. "Out in the Country" is sung by either Mike Mills (possibly his voice has changed a little since we last heard him sing a lead?) or a guest vocalist. There are some tricky rhythmic things happening. "Adagio" is a slow orchestral instrumental that would have fit well on the "Man in the Moon" soundtrack album.
The title song is great, and the 3 non-album tracks make this single a great value for the money. It's the perfect R.E.M. CD Single! (One of many)