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R.E.M. / Document (25th Anniversary Edition)
Album:Document (25th Anniversary Edition) Collection:General
Artist:R.E.M. Added:11/2012
Label:Emi Records 

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Add Date:2013-02-09 Pull Date:2013-04-14 
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Album Review
Andy S
Reviewed 2013-02-09 
Remaster of the 1987 album that saw R.E.M. transition out of the "college rock" thing into mainstream radio hits. The sound is a confused hybrid between the murky metallic jangle-rock of Fables of the Reconstruction and the hyper-radio-friendly pop of Out Of Time. Somehow this remaster makes the album sound more sonically dated—the drum sounds especially are almost too 80s-radio-pop to take seriously. Disk 2 is a 1987 concert recording from Holland. Musically clunky at times, especially when Stipe and Mills try to coordinate vocals, but worth it for some interesting alterations. FCC clean —Andy

*1 - (3:50) high energy, slightly cheesy 80s rock with metallic guitars and big reverbed-out snare hits; works thanks to Mike Mills' "whoa-whoa"s on the chorus
2 - (2:49) dark, Fables-esque pondering with simple, emblematic Peter Buck guitar
**3 - (3:22) starts with 7 seconds of quiet typewriter sounds; pounding, politically charged rock with grooving interludes; seriously dated sound, but still thrilling
**4 - (3:34) bright and wistful; great intertwined simple guitar riffs and vocal lines that could fit on Out Of Time
*5 - (2:33) Wire cover; high power, snarling rock; Mills' backing vocals again make it worthwhile
*6 - (4:07) you know this one; super fun head-bobbing pop with rapid-fire verse lyrics and fuck-it-all guitar wandering around in the background
7 - (3:18) midtempo, sinister pop with howling choruses; proof that they could write a powerful chart-topper; still, simplistic and less interesting than most of the record
8 - (3:24) weird rock with chugging guitar, dumb lyrics, sax break
9 - (3:21) fast, weird, metallic rock; nasal, snarled vocals; this one's particularly butchered by the remaster
*10 - (4:10) mid-tempo march with exotic arrangement at start; calm, interlaced vocals
11 - (5:21) steady, bass-heavy groove; structurally, basically a weirder version of "One I Love"

1 - (4:10) cool stuttering start
*2 - (3:35) gets some extra Mike Mills in the live version; one of their best rock songs
3 - (3:43) prominent harmonica, clumsy harmonizing at start, yelping at end; ends with 30s left
4 - (2:53)
5 - (3:35)
*6 - (5:31) 30s guitar feedback lead-in, loud outro
7 - (4:33) Stipe leads in by crooning another song
*8 - (3:20) first verse just voice and guitar, works well
*9 - (3:22) more bite than the album version
10 - (4:23) the oldest song in this set; Buck stumbles a little with the (excellent) riff
11 - (3:05)
12 - (3:04) rockin
13 - (5:01) extended jamming, noisy at end
14 - (2:50) Stipe recites the pledge of allegiance at start and end; it's over the top
15 - (4:01) lots of fun, cool ending
16 - (3:58) another good rocker, Stipe talks briefly afterward
17 - (3:41)
18 - (3:02) loud, yelping
19 - (6:28) Stipe tells a story for first 1:30; recording seems to have some weird clicking
20 - (5:19) slow, moving rendition; unfortunately it's nearly ruined by the clicking

Track Listing
1.Finest Worksong 16.Driver 8 (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
2.Welcome To The Occupation 17.Feeling Gravitys Pull (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
3.Exhuming Mccarthy 18.I Believe (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
4.Disturbance At The Heron House 19.The One I Love (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
5.Strange 20.Exhuming Mccarthy (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
6.It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) 21.Wolves, Lower (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
7.The One I Love 22.Fall On Me (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
8.Fireplace 23.Just A Touch (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
9.Lightnin' Hopkins 24.Oddfellows Local 151 (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
10.King Of Birds 25.Little America (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
11.Oddfellows Local 151 26.It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (Live At Muziekcentrum
12.Finest Worksong (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland) 27.Begin The Begin (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
13.These Days (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland) 28.Disturbance At The Heron House (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holla
14.Lightnin' Hopkins (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland) 29.Moral Kiosk (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
15.Welcome To The Occupation (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland) 30.Life And How To Live It (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)
 31.So. Central Rain (Live At Muziekcentrum Vredenburg, Utrecht, Holland)