R.E.M. - Document - Review
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It is no accident that R.E.M.’s finest album to date opens with the anthemic reveille “Finest Worksong,” a muscular funky-metal wake-up call that is an unmistakable declaration of intent. “The time to rise/Has been engaged,” bleats singer Michael Stipe over the industrial scrape of Peter Buck’s guitar and the martial locomotion of bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry. “We’re better/Best to rearrange.” Document, the fifth in a series of singular state-of-our-union addresses by America’s most successful fringe band, positively ripples with the confidence, courage and good, swift kick of a rock & roll band at the top of its form.

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