Posted 08 November 2011 - 06:11 AM
I'm not quite sure I agree with all this fawning over Hallelujah. The chorus and music are great, but that verse at the beginning is so tepid and monotonous. REM have never lost the knack for a killer chorus, but one of my only real criticisms of the band in recent years is that there are too many of these un-melodic, meandering semi-spoken delivery's in the verses, and this is a prime example. Vocally, and rather than "blue", I think it's almost too close for comfort to Oh My Heart. The music is first class though, and IMHO the best strings since AFTP.
I like a Month Of Saturdays, but I also agree with the poster who said it reminds them of interpol musically. Saying that, I also agree with the poster that said it shouldn't really be on the bands Greatest hits.
Still don't like WAGBTWWB particularly. Personally, I think Bad Day & Animal made better compilation incentives than these.
The songs are far more interesting musically than they are vocally. I don't mean to diss Michael at all (He's an absolute legend!) but It doesn't feel like too much heart or thought have been put into these songs lyrically or melodically. Maybe it's the process of trying to write outside of an album process coupled with probably wanting to get them out of the way quickly. They're ok, but wouldn't be good enough for CiN IMO (which I still maintain is a brilliant, brilliant album).
All the world will be your enemy, O' Prince of a thousand enemies, and whenever they catch you they will kill you, but first they must catch you!