27/02/2021: “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M

Mellow Magic. Red wine. Cosy Autumn evenings. The best Soft Rock ever to be ushered gently into the world.

“Everybody Hurts” is crushingly melancholic, dealing with the tough topic of suicide in a simple, raw way. The song was allegedly aimed at teenagers, so doesn’t go in for obscure lyrics.

Yet, there’s an uplifting edge to the track, especially as the strings kick in. And at the end, the song soars, and reveals itself as one of the most life affirming pieces of music ever written.

Released on the classic 1993 Automatic For The People, the song has been certified Gold in the UK.

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