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Old 08-03-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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REM ballads appreciation thread

It might just be me, but I have always preferred REM's softer side. Some of their rockers (especially in the early days) kind of blend together for me, but the ballads have always been strong. Some of their classics include:

Perfect Circle
Camera
One I Love
Country Feedback
Everybody Hurts
Nightswimming
Find The River
I Don't Sleep, I Dream
E-Bow The Letter
Suspicion

And so on...
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Daysleeper? I dunno if this is more rocky or ballady... either way i like...

Around The Sun is also a fave of mine as well.

EDIT oh and Bang A Drum is not to metion Sweetness Follows
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:44 PM   #3
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Daysleeper? I dunno if this is more rocky or ballady... either way i like...
Definitely closer to the ballad side, I would say, and also one of their best.

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I'd add Strange Currencies to that list as well. I'm not sure about I Don't Sleep, I Dream being considered a ballad, but it's still one of my favorites off of Monster.
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I love Daysleeper. Most anything in a waltz-time gets a from me.

Find the River is my favorite REM ballad (see my username for further evidence).
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Find the River is my favorite REM ballad
And one of my favorite all-time songs. Just gorgeous.
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As for earlier ones, I love Talk About The Passion.
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Find the River

But a definition of a ballad should be established for some of these choices I would never consider a ballad...
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Find the River is my favorite REM ballad (see my username for further evidence).
I just now got that...

I always thought your real name was Cori Anderstem
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I get that a lot online.

And yeah, some of these choices are a strange pick for "ballad." Near Wild Heaven? I Don't Sleep, I Dream?

I don't know that I could define a ballad per se, but I know it when I hear it. Near Wild Heaven ain't it.

Also? I have to say I'd be happy never to hear Everybody Hurts again in this lifetime. That's the exception to my previously-stated waltz-time rule.
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Find the River is my favorite REM ballad (see my username for further evidence).
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