Tag Archives: R.E.M.

Rankstravaganza: My 15 favorite albums of 2011

The album is dead. Long live the album. Increasingly, my listening habits tend to revolve around individual tracks, so I tried to adjust my year-end list-making accordingly by making My 30 Favorite Tracks of 2011 the primary entry in this … Continue reading

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Rankstravaganza: My 30 favorite tracks of 2011

I don’t know about you, but for me, 2011 was not a year of discovery. Most of the songs that bubbled their way to the top of my most-played tracks from last year were by bands I already knew and … Continue reading

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Racking Up Plays: “We All Go Back to Where We Belong” by R.E.M.

The tune concludes with Stipe and Mike Mills harmonizing as they repeat, “Is this really what you want?”—preemptively raising the question on every R.E.M. fan’s mind. The only answer is a Bachrach-worthy horn arrangement that replies: “Yes. And it’s OK. It’s time to move on.” Continue reading

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SONG DUEL!: “Drive” by The Cars vs. “Drive” by R.E.M.

Smack! Crack! Hey, kids, it’s a digital vs. analogue showdown between a quintessential ’80s synthpop ballad and an acoustic dirge that leant some gravitas to the alternative revolution. Continue reading

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Playlist: 7 songs to get your Rapture on for Saturday, May 21

Obviously, I’m not the first person to come up with the idea for a Rapture playlist, but I’ll take advantage of any opportunity to talk about what an awesome album “Bone Machine” is. Continue reading

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