|1. Finest Worksong|
|2. Welcome To The Occupation|
|3. Exhuming McCarthy|
|4. Disturbance At The Heron House|
|6. It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)|
|7. The One I Love|
|9. Lightnin' Hopkins|
|10. King Of Birds|
|11. Oddfellows Local 151|
Though R.E.M. have been criticised by some as the offspring of early 1980s pop music, this criticism could never be levelled at what they do on "Document". More than anything else, the music on "Document" is proof of the eccentricity R.E.M. were developing during their years at now-defunct independent label IRS.
Often seen as R.E.M.'s effort at "power pop", "Document" really was and is much, much more than that. The amazingly thing about this album is that the band manages to be incredibly funny on the standout "Exhuming McCarthy" and at the same time develop their musicianship into waters they were never to chart after moving to Warners. The dark "Fireplace" and "Lighning Hopkins" were equally brilliant: ominous, yet amazingly powerful for that.
The more familiar, famously sly "The One I Love" might not quite compare with these three tracks, but still it marks out the direction of their best-selling "Automatic For The People" album five years before the fact. "Finest Worksong", especially in its remixed version, was a superb tribute to the past folk heroes in America.
A record that, though acclaimed in its time, is now often forgotten. Nonetheless, if you can only buy one R.E.M. record, it should be this one.