Document (album) by R.E.M.

Document by R.E.M.
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 401st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 754 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1987 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (55th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (401st)
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Document by R.E.M. (CD, Aug-1987, I.R.S. Records (U.S.))
Condition: Like New
Time left: 47m 31s
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R.E.M. CD Lot Document (1987, IRS) Out of Time (1991, WB) Monster (1994, WB) VG+
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 1h 24m 11s
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Lot of 3 R.E.M. Cassettes: Document, Automatic for the People, Everybody Hurts
Condition: Good
Time left: 1h 46m 31s
Ships to: Worldwide

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Document is ranked 3rd best out of 34 albums by R.E.M. on

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 60 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 23,852.

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From 06/23/2020 18:30
Lifes Rich Pageant is where they decided to strip back their sound, and Document is where it pays off. The songs are catchy, contrasting with the angry lyrics with grace and finesse. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) will always be a fun song to listen to, and The One I Love is still one of their best songs.
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From 01/03/2019 20:46
The album that told me I was done buying REM albums. Not bad, but a disappointment after the previous two and nothing to get me excited about subsequent releases.
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From 09/03/2018 11:56
The upbeat sound of their earlier records is just gone. That’s what I loved about R.E.M.: that they didn’t try hard to be so deep and pessimistic like most post-punk bands at the time that had heard Unknown Pleasures and wanted to remake it.
There are some nice guitar riffs on here though, especially the opening track.
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From 02/25/2018 05:05
Better than AFTP in my opinion.
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From 11/09/2017 18:23
There's a whole lot to love here. This is my second favorite R.E.M. album after Automatic for the People.
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From 10/18/2017 10:00
This for me is the album where REM really started to find their sound
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From 02/18/2017 06:21
Another great album from R.E.M. I personally don't like it as much as the albums that came before it, but it is still very good. Tracks 1-4 are great, and 6 & 7 are their best known songs for a reason. After that it loses my interest a little.
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From 12/16/2016 03:25
Favoritas: The One I Love, It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), Finest Worksong, King Of Birds
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From 04/07/2016 11:05
REM's fifth album, sees the band starting to lean towards the mainstream, at least in terms of commercial success. Document, is similar to predecessor, life's rich pageant, in that it's predominately a rock album, but this record has a bigger, fuller sound. It kicks off with an REM classic, finest worksong, is one of the band's great opening tracks. The album also contains two other gems, it's the End of the world as we know it, is Michael Stipe's, subterranean homesick blues, a waterfall of nonsensical words, which would become one of REM's most enjoyable songs. The one I love, is another important song, and the band's first hit, an excellent track. Other standouts are fireplace, welcome to the occupation, and the brilliant, exhuming McCarthy. There's a cover of Wire's, strange, and, the record ends with the slight eastern drone of, king of birds, and then finally, oddfellows local 151. It's a very good LP, though the band were swiftly moving away from their independent roots. This would be the last album on the IRS label, Warner Bros. lie in wait, as does superstardom.
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From 01/28/2016 20:52
This is where they started to drift away from the indie and more towards pop/rock, helping them gain more mainstream success. A fine album indeed
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