Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Michael Stipe – Your Capricious Soul

There must be some record for longest time elapsed from career to solo cebut…


Alex Clifton: Turns out when it is the end of the world as we know it, Stipe does indeed feel fine, and makes pretty good music while he’s at it, too.

Ian Mathers: I may be too emotionally invested in Stipe’s past work (still) to really give this a fair shake; my younger peers may have barely heard of them, but there was a time when not only was R.E.M. one of the biggest bands in the world (the anti-U2, if you like), but they did more with it than many of their peers (wait, I already mentioned U2). For those like me, it’s probably for the best that this is a pretty low-key return; it could be a B-side. But a solid B-side.

Edward Okulicz: In falsetto, I almost didn’t recognise this souped-up version of Stipe singing… a souped-up version of “Hope” off Up. But, alas, at half the length of that, this still goes nowhere interesting melodically.

Kylo Nocom: An excellent exercise in dense atmosphere, even if the entire thing is a non-event. Michael Stipe’s falsetto evokes Radiohead, but Thom’s voice has emotive qualities that Stipe doesn’t live up to, and A Moon Shaped Pool‘s songs on climate change were more focused than just two lines about birds dying.

Katherine St Asaph: I’m not sure what I was expecting, but something in this grinding Radiohead/Mezzanine/tradfolk Kristin Hersh wasn’t it. (OK, that last I might have expected.) Would have preferred this to go increasingly apocalyptic at the end rather than increasingly jingly, but I suppose we have enough apocalypse in the real world.

Alfred Soto: “A bit like Suicide filtered through Perfume Genius,” Marc Hogan correctly wrote, mixed with the slivery polite electronica of R.E.M.’s Up and Spoon’s “Small Stakes.” The last references, titles included, suggest the singer’s plight. Slight on principle, destined to convert no one, “Your Capricious Soul” is a flare shot in the wilderness.

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3 Responses to “Michael Stipe – Your Capricious Soul”

  1. cool that he got Life With Mak to be in the video

  2. @Alfred Thanks for naming “Small Stakes”! I could hear a Spoon song in here but I couldn’t figure out which one.

  3. Thanks! It took a couple minutes.

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