People who accuse this album of being too happy aren't paying attention to the lyrics, which are
among Stipe's (and Mills's) best (and darkest). This is an album about love and the pain left
when it's gone.
KRS-One's rant aside, Radio Song is about that song that seems to follow you everywhere you go,
taunting you with the problems in your relationship. Losing My Religion is about the mania of love.
Low, in my opinion, is about being in love with someone with whom the subject seems impossible
to talk about. Near Wild Heaven is about a feeling of being broken, and trying to hold yourself
together despite it all. Endgame is an instrumental best described as going through a skywalk.
Shiny Happy People is, yes, about being with your friends, having fun and feeling happy, but it
cracks into Belong, which is about motherhood, peer pressure, and suicide. Half A World Away
seems to be about the feeling that the pressure's squarely on you to keep a relationship alive.
Texarkana... well, it sounds really good. I'm not sure what it's about.
Country Feedback is one of the best bad-day songs ever written. Need a song for a breakup that
neither party wants but one needs? Listen to this the day after the break or the day before,
depending on who's behind it. Me in Honey is about love during pregnancy, and has choice lines
that work in any situation.
If you like powerful and beautiful music with a strong dark undertone that occasionally rises to
the surface, this album is essential.