REM’s breakthrough album Document may not be the unlikeliest record to crack the Billboard top ten, but it’s one of the more subversive
that the second half of the album is "really wierd!" but it's all the better for it (Los Lobos saxophone solo on Fireplace? really?! Ending the albm with a ragged howled paene to drunken hobos?), and gave REM some much needed retreat to at least the feeling and tone of Murmur even if the production was shiny and clear.
Glad there is a live disc in there as well as this is also the last time the band's records were so strongly linked with the live shows as they tried to break the album-tour-album-tour cycle they'd been on since 1981. All the old songs got more muscled approach and the Work tour was all about moody lighting and creating menace. Their shows in Germany used to be a bone of contention, IRS didn't hav great European distribution and German shows usually were frequented by drunken american soldiers who heckled and fought, hope that doesn't come through in this show. tl;dr
...and there it is. Never understood the fans' professed dislike of Document - it always seemed a pose. "Oddfellows" was their best long, dark, evil non-single / album-track until "Leave"