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Bubbling under: I've been high (R.E.M.)

The critics were not mild for the R.E.M. (image credit) comeback album Reveal from 2001, but I think it's up there with their best. And it contains their best song: I've been high is a delicate atmospheric ballad covered in a blanket of sleepy synthesizers. It has been cited as an example of Radiohead's influence on R.E.M. The greatest thing about this song is Stipe's vocal: it's deep, dark, sexy, yet also intimately delicate and gentle. It 's breathtaking when he switches to his lilting falsetto in the chorus singing, "I've been high, I've climbed so high, but life sometimes, it washes over me".

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