time alone

Matthew Perpetua has finished his Pop Songs 07-08 song blog: his examination of nearly every song R.E.M. has ever recorded (and a few they hadn’t but had played live). Fittingly, the blog concludes on 9-9 – which is of course the title of an R.E.M. song – and with what is perhaps R.E.M.’s most famous song: “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”

One of the best things to be said about these entries was a comment on today’s entry, which noted that the entries never seemed tossed off, overly brief, or done out of a sense of obligation, no matter whether Matthew liked the song or not, and even though he’s maintained quite a busy writing schedule (with his main Fluxblog gig and several other projects going). Taken as a whole, this constitutes one of the most inclusive and well-written guides to the music of any band out there. It’s quite an accomplishment.


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