I’ve fallen horribly behind this, so I’ll try and catch up now:
Fables Of The Reconstruction
I owned but never really got this as a teenager; along with Up it’s definitely now my “most underrated” R.E.M. album. The production definitely doesn’t help; the 25th Anniversary edition is a lot clearer and easier to listen to.
Feeling Gravitys Pull - Always loved the atonal guitar, and those strings at the end
Maps & Legends - lovely, but a wee bit overrated, perhaps?
Driver 8 - I used to think this song was over-rated, but not any more. I also heard a Glaswegian busker playing this a couple of weeks ago, which was a wonderful surprise
Life And How To Live It - so, so wonderfully addictive. Peter Buck slays me on this song. A copy of Brevs Mekis’ “Life: How To Life” is currenly on eBay for £800 or so I believe…
Old Man Kensey - the low point of this album, but relatively speaking - there is nothing wrong with this song. Very unsettling.
Cant Get There From Here - kind of irresistible in that silly, ever so slightly cheesy REM way.
Green Grow The Rushes - not sure what to say, really. It’s not filler, yet it’s not important. Hmm…
Kohoutek - Oh, how I utterly adore this track! It was “Live At The Olympia” that helped me see past the murk and appreciate the song underneath, 23ish years after I first heard it. The imagery in this song is so beautiful it scares me. “She wore bangles, she wore bells,on her toes and she jumped like a fish. Like the flying fish, you were gone” is one of my all-time favourite Stipe lyrics. For the non-astronomer spods out there, Kohoutek was a comet in the 70s that was supposed to be super-bright but proved thoroughly unspectacular. It was before my time, but as a geeky astronomer teenager I knew about the comet before this song
Good Advices - Yes. It is lovely. You should listen to it. Good advices.
Wendell Gee - another ‘lost classic’ in the REM canon. The violins and banjos break my heart every time.