Losing My Religion – R.E.M.

  • First Appearance: March 16, 1991
  • Weeks on the Chart: 8
  • Album: Out of Time
  • Have I heard this song before (pre-listen)? Yes.
  • Have I actually heard this song before? Yes.

If you haven’t listened to it lately, Losing My Religion is still a very good song.

I don’t know that I’d ever listened to the entirety of Out of Time, R.E.M.’s 7th full length studio album, before. It’s a solid, if not stand-out or particularly stellar album. The songs are good, but few are as catchy or impactful as Losing My Religion or Shiny Happy People.

This is going to be another short one, it seems. This happens when the music doesn’t provoke a lot of emotion from me. A lot of these songs kind of just “are.”

I do want to shout out “Belong” as a particularly neat song. Spoken word with jangly guitars and a chanted chorus of “Ohs” is unusual and cool. It reminds me a bit of “Butterflies” by Toad The Wet Sprocket (from fear released in August 1991).

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