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Hey Guys! Hope you’ve read my latest review, which is of “R.E.M. – Losing My Religion“. Well, let me be REALLY frank here. It has come to my notice that my collection of best songs are soon to run dry. So, here’s a request to all my viewers. Why don’t you tell me the songs you like, so I can review them? It’ll be nice for a change, won’t it? And don’t worry, I’ll keep updating my list of favorite songs. My collection isn’t running dry any sooner than 15 years! So Just expanding my vision! What do you guys think? Leave your comments below!

Now this is a song everyone on the planet HAS to have heard. Undoubtedly the best song R.E.M. ever produced, “Losing My Religion” is an awesome mix of VERY, VERY confusing lyrics along with a great (and monotonous) rhythm, and an EXTREMELY catchy tune. It’s one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head! My top 5 R.E.M. songs – 1) Losing My Religion, 2) Everybody Hurts, 3) UBerlin (Still don’t know why they call it that!), 4) Man Of The Moon, and 5) Drive. Let’s get to it then, shall we?

R.E.M. (Band)

R.E.M. [L-R]: Michael Stipe, Bill Rieflin, Peter Buck

History: “Losing My Religion” is a song from the American band R.E.M., which was released as the first single from their 1991 album “Out Of Time“. The song, according to the critics, was considered to be an ‘unusual’ hit. “Losing My Religion” was also one of those songs which gained fame due to their music video. It’s REALLY weird, believe me! This song was also R.E.M.’s best ever performance, which led to “Losing My Religion” peaking at Number 4 on The Billboard Hot 100.  It was nominated for several Grammy Awards, and won two for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Short Form Music Video. The only version of this song is the 4 Minute 28 Second Studio Version. [Source: Wikipedia]

What This Song Tries To Convey To Us: Okay. Here’s what I want you guys to do: Firstly, download/play the song from the link provided below, then fire up the lyrics (Link given below) and try to keep your head as empty as possible when you listen to the song. At first, you’ll think, “What the hell does this song mean?” . Well, the song does NOT concern religion at all! Great, huh? According to Stipe (Their lead singer), ‘Losing My Religion’ is actually another phrase for ‘At My Wit’s End’ in the South. There have been a LOT of fights online regarding the REAL meaning of this song. Okay, although the song does not relate to religion, the video is kind of creepy, if you ask me. A man with wings? People sitting together, in disdain? Isn’t this religion (Catholic, to be precise)? Following the release of the music video, there were a lot of protests by the Catholics, but the song finally won their hearts, and they decided to let go.

Word Of Warning! : This song is NOT for the people who like variations in their songs. The rhythm in this is very monotonous, and it may frustrate few people too. Just clearing it up!

Review: The best part of the song – A mandolin jamming with a guitar, followed by beats, and very LITTLE bass. Awesome combination! The song kicks off with the REALLY catchy mandolin rift, and the beats accompany it all along. You’ll notice almost immediately, that even though the song seems to be slow, the overall pace of the song is quite fast. Michael Stipe starts off with the vocals at 00:14. The lyrics of the song are REALLY complex. And, as fate would have it; it has a dual meaning. One is the explanation I have given above, and the second one is all about religion (I wouldn’t like to go down there!) The vocals are soft, and accentuate the song very nicely. An awesome fact – The chorus is sung in the same tune! It’s really tough to make out the chorus. But with a bit of consistent listening, you’ll figure it out. The first chorus starts at 00:46, and BOY is it long (45 seconds, to be precise)! The thing I love about this song is it’s monotonousness. The rhythm just keeps on going. With the commencement of the second stanza at 01:32, you’ll surely notice how fast the song goes by. My best guess – it’s because of the chorus. Anyways, the second stanza ends at 02:31, and the “I Thought That I Heard You Laughing..” commences right after. Then comes the turning point of the song. At 02:49, the song stops, and the rhythm slows itself. Nothing except the mandolin and the the guitar strumming is heard.  The vocals and the beats slowly increase in pitch and converge with the rhythm, and the song flows as one again; this time, commencing from the middle of the chorus. The song goes into a loop of “Try”,” Cry” & “That Was Just A Dream”, and ends on the mandolin note.

Rating: While some people really despise this song, I love it – For it’s monotonous tune, it’s deep meaning, great vocals (Courtesy Michael Stipe) and an awesome mandolin rift. It’s a sure shot 10/10 for me! Tip – I’ve provided the Youtube link below. Watch Michael Stipe dance. Really awesome to watch!

 

Lyrics For “Losing My Religion” : http://artists.letssingit.com/rem-lyrics-losing-my-religion-zjz9jt3

Youtube Link For “Losing My Religion” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwtdhWltSIg

Download Link For “Losing My Religion” : http://megapolis-local.ru/s4/%D0%9C%D0%A3%D0%97%D0%AB%D0%9A%D0%90/The%20Rolling%20Stone%20Magazines/169%20-%20R.E.M.%20-%20Losing%20My%20Religion.mp3 (Right Click on link, click “Save Link/Target As”)

 

Album Art

“Losing My Religion” is a song from R.E.M.’s album “Out Of Time”

It was finally over. A week of hardcore studying finally paid off; and me, along with a bunch of my friends were partying at a famous CadB (It’s a THICK Chocolate shake – I’ll give you the recipe if you want!) joint. As I payed for my chocolate shake and headed back to join my friends, my feet froze in their place, and I perched my ears almost involuntarily. The sound of a girl? Nah. The sound of music? Hell yes! I followed blindly, as the music led me (Imagine the Tom & Jerry scene, where Jerry follows the ‘trail’ of the smell of cheese) to it’s master. I stumbled upon a boy named Chinmay, and he was listening to this extraordinary song. We hit it off almost instantly, as we both loved English music (He’s a little more into the ‘Akon‘ and ‘Dr. Dre‘ stuff; but hey, he still loves English music, right?) As I investigated on and asked him about the song, he said it was from a band called ‘Five Finger Death Punch’. He sent me the song via his phone on to mine; and all I could do for the rest of the day was listen to the song; learning it by heart (As I always do). There was something about this song that clicked. Really clicked. I mean, it’s a new age Rock band, it couldn’t possibly pull off such an amazing song, right? Wrong. I smiled inwardly as I said to myself, “Rahul old pal, REAL English music still isn’t dead!” And that, my friends; is how I met “Far From Home”, a stunning song from “Five Finger Death Punch”. So, let’s get to it!

Five Finger Death Punch (Band)

Five Finger Death Punch [L-R]: Zoltán Báthory, Jason Hook, Darrell Roberts, Jeremy Spencer, (Sitting) Ivan Moody

History:Far From Home” is a song from a not-so-famous (At least in India) Heavy Metal band, known as “Five Finger Death Punch“, or often abbreviated as “FFDP”. The album which it belongs to is called “War Is The Answer“, which was released on September 16, 2010. It did pretty well on the music charts (Compared to the other songs in this blog, it’s nothing), starting off as the Number 33 song on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs, but eventually scaling the Number 4 summit. It also debuted at Number 45 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart peaked at Number 14 eventually. It was also featured in the ending song track of “Criminal Minds” [Source: Wikipedia]

Review: Before I start the review, let me make one thing ABSOLUTELY clear. There is NO screaming, growling, (And whatever else) etc. in this song. Though the name of the band may suggest otherwise, listening to this song will keep you coming back for more. Now that the fact is cleared, let’s move on, shall we?

The song starts off with an acoustic guitar rift, coupled with a bass rift too. A word of warning – even though the song is soft, the bass is pretty heavy. Keep your headset volume to medium while listening to this one, guys! Moving on, the vocals are initiated at 00:12. The vocals are just AMAZING. The pitch and command Ivan Moody has on the his songs is just out of this world! They’re sharp, crisp, loud and to the point. The lyrics… WOW! No words to describe them. They’ve got a on-the-razor’s-edge feeling to them. Fun fact – There is NO chorus in this song; I repeat: THERE IS NO CHORUS IN THIS SONG! There’s a pre-chorus (You can call it that!) which is looped from time to time, but it’s NOT the chorus. I cross-checked with many a websites, and their say was no different than mine. The first vocal interlude (I’m comfortable with this) starts at 00:34. As soon as you hear it, mark my words – YOU’LL LOVE IT. “And It’s Almost Like, You’re Heaven’s Trying Everything To Keep Me Out” – any other explanation required? Good. I thought so! There’s a slight synthesizer rift after the pre-chorus, and the song takes it’s original shape from 00:51 (The second chorus is also initiated from here). There are mild electrical interludes in the background, but you’ll hardly notice them. Again, the vocals and the lyrics – 10/10! The song moves ever so beautifully along with the drum beats (Courtesy Jeremy Spencer). There’s this one thing I find really iconic in this song – whenever Ivan Moody wants to elaborate on a line, he raises his pitch – and it’s done seamlessly. The second interlude starts at 01:17, only this time it’s accompanied by the electric guitars. It’s looped twice, and then starts another awesome part of the song – the solo (01:50). It’s got SO much intensity, you feel the solo talking to you. The magnificent solo ends by blending by Moody’s voice (Third interlude initialization) at 02:23. The interlude is looped from thereafter till the end of the song. All throughout, it never loses it’s momentum, and just keeps delivering punch after punch. Moody fades his pitch at 03:11, with the final “You’re Heaven’s Trying Everything; You’re Heaven’s Trying Everything To Break Me Down”. An unforgettable experience, this is!

Rating: Mind blowing vocals, accompanied with superb lyrics, beats and grooves; and an awesome solo to top it all off. This song is the flagship that proves to us – REAL ENGLISH MUSIC IS NOT YET DEAD! 10/10 to this masterpiece! FFDP, you’ve just earned yourself a new follower! Listen to this one, guys! It’s a must-listen-to!

 

Lyrics for “Far From Home”http://artists.letssingit.com/five-finger-death-punch-lyrics-far-from-home-crdp72d

Download link for “Far From Home”http://www.inshadowsandsilence.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/farfromhome.mp3 (Right Click on link. click “Save Link/Target As”)

 

Album Art

“Far From Home” is a song from FFDP’s album “War Is The Answer”

A SINCERE APOLOGY TO ALL MY FOLLOWERS!

 

Hey guys, Sorry I couldn’t update my blog for the past week and the half – I have my engineering entrance exams; but thankfully they’re ending on Monday. Then, back to blogging it is! Lot’s of surprises packed up, and I just can’t wait to share them with you! Waiting eagerly for Monday! Keep in touch folks!

 

                                                                                                     – AudiophileParadise

 

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” John Lennon

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