"Oh My Heart"

Even more than the brightly rocking "Discoverer," the newest glimpse at the upcoming Collapse Into Now finds R.E.M. in classic mode, employing a soft melody and a magnolia mandolin that cuts against an accordion. The lyrics suggest that the character from the 2008 Katrina lament "Houston" is coming back to New Orleans to start again — fitting, since "Oh My Heart" is about R.E.M. building something new from what they already know. "It's sweet and it's sad and it's true," Stipe sings, as if he's running down a checklist of what makes an R.E.M. song matter.

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From The Archives Issue 1123: February 3, 2011
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