The Athens, Georgia band's fifth album was its biggest to date, thanks to guitarist Peter Buck's meaty riffing and singer Michael Stipe's convincing obsession in "The One I Love," a Top 10 hit. But Document, made in the Reagan era, has a sociopolitical tension – a rage against conservative righteousness in songs like "Exhuming McCarthy" – that still sounds current and necessary. This two-CD set includes a full concert from '87 that reminds you what we lost, for good, when R.E.M. broke up.
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