This final single by R.E.M. is a nice way to say goodbye to a brilliant thirty year career. Mostly written by bassist Mike Mills, it shows a clear, understated Burt Bacharach feel with pensive lyrics and placid strings.
After their last two albums, Accelerate and Collapse Into Now, saw them returning to the peak of their musical powers, they decided to end on a strong note with this leftover from the Collapse sessions.
It may not send them off with a bang, but it’s a classy way to bow out. This is one band that will definitely be missed.