R.E.M. - Document
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1987 Ratings: #17 / 96
User Score
Based on 173 ratings
1987 Ratings: #12
Liked by 6 people
September 1, 1987 / Release Date
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Possibly R.E.M.'s most consistently fun and solid throughout their entire career. Some might say their formula may be running stale, but the band know how to keep their sound fresh, especially with the singles.
While I liked this album, it did have its boring moments. Although, for every dull moment there was also a really memorable one, such as the saxophone on Fireplace, and the classic harmonies on End of the World. Michael Stipe’s nasally voice is as addicting as always and the guitar is as delightful as ever but the percussion on this album stood out to me compared to other R.E.M. works. I also have to give credit to this album for having the two most famous R.E.M. songs that aren’t ... read more
This album was a good album. It did very well being what was basically the launch pad for R.E.M.'s success in the 90s. There are a lot of great songs here despite a few misses like Lightnin' Hopkins. This album didn't offer too much imo though, and could've been a bit better. Still a fun album I plan on returning to. Favorite Tracks: It's The End Of The World, Strange.
Considering my expectations were pretty low for an R.E.M. album... I guess I was pleasantly surprised? I mostly liked it, but certainly didn't love it. It's largely unoffensive, at times pretty good (The One I Love), I even found myself reluctantly getting a little enjoyment out of End of the World.
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Track List

  1. Finest Worksong
  2. Welcome to the Occupation
  3. Exhuming McCarthy
  4. Disturbance at the Heron House
  5. Strange
  6. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  7. The One I Love
  8. Fireplace
  9. Lightnin' Hopkins
  10. King of Birds
  11. Oddfellows Local 151
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