Continuing the chronological presentation of my 25 favorite songs…
‘(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville‘ – R.E.M. (1984)
If I weren’t limiting my Favorite Songs playlist to one song per artist, R.E.M. is the band that may well have landed more than one track in the lineup. ‘Driver 8,’ ‘Maps and Legends,’ ‘Half a World Away’ and ‘So. Central Rain’ all were finalists for this list.
A year after Murmur, R.E.M. released their first truly great album, 1984’s Reckoning.
This collection of songs was a little less experimental and a little more full-bodied than the tracks on their debut, and while Stipe’s lyrics continued to confound, he managed to slip in some words of real substance.
Reckoning‘s songs were darker than anything the band had recorded before, several inspired by the recent death of a friend.