Such a wonderful little song off the Green album. You might not have expected mandolin from R.E.M., but there it is. Peter Buck branching out to new instruments means new and interesting sounds for R.E.M.
Like a lot of R.E.M. tunes, the lyrics are a bit more poignant when sung than on paper. "Drifting off to sleep with your teeth in your mouth" puzzled me as a teen. Where else would they be? Perhaps he's talking about dentures, but that seems weird. The overall effect is lovely, though.
This is one of those quiet, unassuming songs that I tend to forget about until I listen to the album. Then it's like, "oh, right! This song is fantastic." Not that there are any bad songs on Green, mind you.
Not quite ready to let the posting streak die, so here's one from The Smiths that pairs nicely with "Not Too Soon" by Throwing Muses.
Perhaps not my favorite Smiths song, but it's certainly in the top 10. Maybe even top 5. Johnny Marr's guitar bit may not be particularly complicated, but damn it's satisfying.
Missed this song for the longest time because it's not on one of the studio albums.
Not sure if it's the Tanya Donnelly's singing, the drums, or the incredible guitar on this piece that keep me coming back for more, but "Not Too Soon" is not to be missed.
This was Donnelly's single off The Real Ramona, the last Throwing Muses album before Donnelly parted ways and formed Belly.
This song has some real buzzsaw guitar going on, right at home with the rest of alt-rock college radio in 1991. But the drums and chorus take me back to the sound of 60s girl groups. Check it at about 1:30 in, there's definitely a throwback there. But the guitar sound is totally modern and just completely delicious.
The Real Ramona is a fine album from start to finish, but "Not Too Soon" deserves special attention. If you want more like it, check out Donnelly's work with Belly. Not sure any of their songs quite match up with this one, but there's some solid stuff there.
After tackling the 100 Albums of All Time project, I didn't want to lose the momentum of posting daily. But I'm not quite ready for another major project. Instead I thought I'd just look at posting some amazing songs that I think other folks would enjoy. Suggestions? Post 'em in the comments!