R.E.M. – Document

January 01, 1970

(Capitol/I.R.S.)

 

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While we mourn their loss and await the inevitable reunion
down the road, it’s worth being reminded of R.E.M.’s fifth album from 1987,
which marked a huge turning point for the band – this was their last album for
an indie (I.R.S.) as well as their first Top 10 album and first platinum title,
which makes this their “breakout” record as such.

 

Though this was their most confident record until then (if
not the stunning hook-fests their next two albums would be), it was also
enigmatic and gloomy in many places too, especially with an aviary
preoccupation on “King of Birds” and “Disturbance at the Heron House.” To
compensate, Stipe gave up his early mush-mouth inclinations to get political
(“Exhuming McCarthy”) and explicitly social (the hilarious fast-paced cultural
checklist “It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”) and even
match one of their post-punk heroes with a great cover of Wire’s
“Strange.” 

 

And of course, there’s their first top 10 single, the
ridiculously catchy and ridiculously misunderstood non-love song “The One I
Love.” For fans and newbies, a raw-sounding Dutch concert from ’87 included on
an extra disc is worthy bait.

 

DOWNLOAD: “Finest Worksong,” “The One I Love” -JASON
GROSS

 

 

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