Document (studio album) by R.E.M.

Document by R.E.M.
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 407th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 845 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1987 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (54th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (407th)
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R.E.M. bestography

Document is ranked 3rd best out of 35 albums by R.E.M. on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by R.E.M. is Automatic For The People which is ranked number 53 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 21,877.

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81/100 (from 845 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.5/100, a mean average of 79.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.9.

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75/100
From 02/11/2022 12:38
Hmm, One great song the others are not bad but not too memorable or getting airplay after 35 years after their release.
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60/100
From 02/03/2022 16:37
I've been a democrat my whole life, but my god, this album has taught me what Fox News means by 'smug liberal'. Hard to appreciate the music when bumper sticker messages are being shoved down my throat.
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85/100
From 05/08/2021 21:42
I like this album, the first seven tracks are excellent and then the standard drops slight bit. It is the start to their commercial success.
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80/100
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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65/100
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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95/100
From 02/25/2018 05:05
Better than AFTP in my opinion.
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95/100
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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80/100
From 10/18/2017 10:00
This for me is the album where REM really started to find their sound
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80/100
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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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
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