Day Five of My Week with REM and today its The One I Love.
The One I Love was released as a single in 1991. It was taken from their fifth studio album Document. Its a more guitar based number than some of my previous choices, and is more rock than pop.
On first listen, you can understand thinking this is a love song. When you listen again, you can clearly tell its not. Yes, it features the line "this one goes out to the one I love". However, this line "a simple prop to occupy my time" suggests its not a love song at all. Stipe himself has stated its got a darker meaning, and seems more about using people.
Michael Stipe has a great talent and his vocals on this are superb. He's an interesting character, Stipe. Very flamboyant and unique. The rest of the band seem to keep a comparatively low profile.
The video is odd. Its interesting to watch, but I confess to having no clue what its actually about. Its shots of couples not really doing anything and nothing much happens. This is one that's better to listen to than it is to watch.
The One I Love is another great track from this talented group, and I recommend listening to it. Let me know what you think.
If you haven't seen the previous days choices, here they are (just give them a click) - Stand, Everybody Hurts, Losing My Religion and The Great Beyond. For more music, singles of the week and much more, check out My Music page by clicking here. Happy listening :)