Within the office i am the self styled musical conscience, for the most part i dictate what goes on the stereo, there is very little democracy when it comes to the music. Having said that coming up to Christmas I am giving into demand and playing a few Christmas songs, even those i don’t like (which is pretty much all of them). I thought it would be nice to look back at my favourite songs of the year – the ones that the office has had to endure over the past nine months, so everyday till the end of term (do you still think in school terms?) i will be posting one of my favourite’s and telling you why it’s made the list.

First up is “We All Go Back To Where We Belong”, the last ever single from REM. I have been a huge REM fan for years and was sad to hear that they had decided to call it a day after 31 years. I thought that they handled the whole thing with an enormous amount of grace, no final cash in world tour etc. Simply a best of compilation and a last single. “We All Go Back To Where We Belong” is a stately ballad, the kind of which REM are very good at – tagged on the last album this might not have been anything special but as a final good bye it is most poigant. I really like the reverby ascending guitar figure, the horns and Mike Stipe’s voice has that strong / vulnerable thing going on but as he sings a weight seems to be lifting from his shoulders – a fine exit.

Ben

R.E.M. – We All Go Back To Where We Belong by MMMusic