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R.E.M. began to move toward mainstream record production on Lifes Rich Pageant, but they didn't have a commercial breakthrough until the following year's Document. Ironically, Document is a stranger, more varied album than its predecessor, but co-producer Scott Litt -- who would go on to produce every R.E.M. album in the following decade -- is a better conduit for the band than Don Gehman, giving the group a clean sound without sacrificing their enigmatic tendencies. "Finest Worksong," the stream-of-conscious rant "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and the surprise Top Ten single "The One I Love" all crackle with muscular rhythms and guitar riffs, but the real surprise is how political the mid-tempo jangle pop of "Welcome to the Occupation," "Disturbance at the Heron House," and "King of Birds" is. Where Lifes Rich Pageant sounded a bit like a party record, Document is a fiery statement, and its memorable melodies and riffs are made all the more indelible by its righteous anger. In other words, it's not only a commercial breakthrough, but a creative breakthrough as well, offering evidence of R.E.M.'s growing depth and maturity, and helping usher in the P.C. era in the process.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/1998
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724349348028
catalogNumber: 93480
Rank: 86146


  1. Finest Worksong
  2. Welcome to the Occupation
  3. Exhuming McCarthy
  4. Disturbance at the Heron House
  5. Strange
  6. It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
  7. The One I Love
  8. Fireplace
  9. Lightnin' Hopkins
  10. King of Birds
  11. Oddfellows Local 151

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R.E.M.   Primary Artist
Steve Berlin   Horn
Peter Buck   Guitar
Carl Marsh   fairlight
Mike Mills   Bass
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Bill Berry   Drums
Hunt Waugh   Drums

Technical Credits

Colin Newman   Composer
Bruce Gilbert   Composer
Graham Lewis   Composer
Peter Buck   Composer
Robert Gotobed   Composer
Toni Greene   Engineer
Gary Laney   Engineer
Scott Litt   Producer,Engineer
Carl Marsh   Engineer
Mike Mills   Composer
R.E.M.   Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Remixing
Todd Sholar   Engineer
Michael Stipe   Composer
Ted Pattison   Engineer
Bill Berry   Composer
Tom Der   Engineer
Jim McKay   Sleeve Design
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Steve Catania   Engineer
Shannon Ward   Producer
Ron Scarselli   Packaging
Hunt Waugh   Drum Technician

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