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Midweek Music Break: R.E.M. – Strange Currencies

R.E.M.’s Monster is my favorite album by the band, by far.  The grit and the character of the offbeat songs really struck a chord when I was in high school, and one of my favorites was “Strange Currencies”.

While the lyrics are a little awkward, and almost stalker-ish (in that “I’m desperately in love with you, and you clearly aren’t, but I really hope I can win you over” kinda way).  While I’m not keen on the sentiment (which captures “Nice Guy Syndrome” almost perfectly), it’s still a beautifully crafted song from non-traditional sounds that I can listen to over and over.


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