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R.E.M.
Document
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop
 
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Mid-priced reissue of the foreign edition of their 1987 landmark album with six bonus tracks added, 'Finest Worksong' (Other Mix), 'Last Date', 'The One I Love' (Live), 'Time After Time Etc.' (Live), 'Disturbance At The He...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: R.E.M.
Title: Document
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Musicrama/Koch
Release Date: 6/14/1999
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop
Style: Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077771320026, 632427429227

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Mid-priced reissue of the foreign edition of their 1987 landmark album with six bonus tracks added, 'Finest Worksong' (Other Mix), 'Last Date', 'The One I Love' (Live), 'Time After Time Etc.' (Live), 'Disturbance At The Heron House' (Live) and 'Finest Worksong' (Lengthy Club Mix). 17 tracks total, also including their first top 10 hit, 'The One I Love', plus the top 75 'It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)'. The album was their first to make the top 10, their first to go platinum and their last for I.R.S. Records.

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CD Reviews

A Big Surprise
Robert Rossi | 11/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I actually owned every R.E.M. album but Document until I finally broke down. I had thought the two strongest songs would be "The One I Love" and "It's The End of The World...." Since neither of those songs are rated highly by me, I figured I would be disappointed by this album. Was I ever wrong! There are some great songs here. "Exhuming McCarthy" and "King of Birds" are personal favorites. It's definitely not up to par with what came before it, and some of what came after it, but it's definitely a worthy part of their catalogue."
A tasty transition
Joel T. Davis | Sacramento, CA United States | 11/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album deftly blends REM's firmly established mysticism with its burgeoning pop sensibilities.
Some of the band's best writing is here on such gems as "Heron House," "Exhuming McCarthy," "End of the World as We Know It" and "Oddfellows." The production is just right.I really like Peter Buck's cow-punkish fret work on this record, and you could sense Michael Stipe coming into his own as a singer. Definitely in the upper register of the REM canon."
The most important R.E.M. work
mianfei | 06/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Following on from the difficult though rewarding Fables Of The Reconstruction and Life's Rich Pageant, R.E.M.'s final independent release, "Document", stands as the best thing they ever did.

Though R.E.M. have been criticised by some as the offspring of early 1980s pop music, this criticism could never be levelled at what they do on "Document". More than anything else, the music on "Document" is proof of the eccentricity R.E.M. were developing during their years at now-defunct independent label IRS.

Often seen as R.E.M.'s effort at "power pop", "Document" really was and is much, much more than that. The amazingly thing about this album is that the band manages to be incredibly funny on the standout "Exhuming McCarthy" and at the same time develop their musicianship into waters they were never to chart after moving to Warners. The dark "Fireplace" and "Lighning Hopkins" were equally brilliant: ominous, yet amazingly powerful for that.

The more familiar, famously sly "The One I Love" might not quite compare with these three tracks, but still it marks out the direction of their best-selling Automatic For The People album five years before the fact. "Finest Worksong", especially in its remixed version found as a bonus track, was a superb tribute to the past folk heroes in America. One can also see just how ironic Stipe wanted to be - and WAS - on "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" - in which he describes so well the realities facing us today.

A record that, though acclaimed in its time, is now often forgotten. Nonetheless, if you can only buy one R.E.M. record, it should be this one."