Day 19: A Song From Your Favorite Album

I’ve already written at length about my favorite album, R.E.M.’s Automatic For the People. Rather than post the video for “Man On the Moon” or “Everybody Hurts”, I’ll go with one of the lesser-known tracks (although it was a single in a few countries), “Nightswimming”–a strong contender for the most beautiful song the band ever did. Fans of R.E.M.’s earlier material often complain about how Michael Stipe sounded less interesting once you could decipher his lyrics, but I think this is his most moving, effective vocal. Man, this band–they could take a topic as mundane as skinny-dipping and make it seem resonant and otherworldly.

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