Doc­ume nt (1987)

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Their first foray into truly main­stream suc­cess, ev­ery­thing about Doc­u­ment is big­ger, the en­er­getic pro­duc­tion urg­ing each song for­ward with a bom­bas­tic, re­verbed drum sound and front­man Michael Stipe’s vo­cals pushed clearly to the fore. This new heft is au­di­ble in the pow­er­chords and al­most bluesy rock riff (a rare thing in REM land) of The One I Love, and bet­ter still on It’s The End Of The World As We Know It..., a glo­ri­ous racket of plucky Re­place­ments riffs and Sub­ter­ranean Homesick Blues- style lyri­cal vomit. Other high­lights in­clude Finest Work­song, a mis­sion state­ment ring­ing with in­dus­trial har­mon­ics, and the con­trast­ing bounce of Ex­hum­ing Mccarthy, a spir­i­tual pre­cur­sor to 1989’s Top 10 hit, Stand.

Rec­om­mended track: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

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