lordweary, on 01 March 2011 - 08:13 AM, said:
And as for doubts about "Blue" that some people have--I agree that it's not "e-bow" or "Country Feedback", but...remember: "I Wanna DJ," "Around the Sun," "Beachball"...ummm (and even "Falls to Climb"...). I think the doubts people have are because there was so much buzz about it. But we haven't had a closer like this in a long time.
Yes, very true. In the context of other album closers, Blue is definitely up there with the best - 'Find The River', 'Electrolite', 'Swan Swan H' (I always felt like 'Superman' was like a hidden bonus track) and 'West of the Fields'. Even if you don't 'love' the song, you have to accept that creatively, R.E.M. have proved that they still 'have it' after all these years.
I'd used to love the traditional, wonderful R.E.M. 'album closer' - but with clunkers like 'Beachball', 'I'm Gonna DJ' and 'Falls to Climb' - I'd honestly thought that R.E.M. had lost this aspect to their albums. Welcome back guys!
PS. Funnily enough, the creepy nature of 'Blue' reminds me somewhat of 'You', the album closer on 'Monster' - a song which I hated at first, but has grown on me greatly as the years have progressed.