More than anything the Paste article illustrates how thoroughly R.E.M. chronicled the geopolitical landscape before its 2011 breakup.
Out of all of the band’s releases however 1987’s ‘Document’ feels especially applicable to America in 2017.
The last record R.E.M. released via I.R.S. Records — and the first LP the band recorded with producer Scott Litt — ‘Document’ addresses the corrupting nature of money – political witch hunts concerning free speech – circumstances that are both bewildering and unprecedented – and economic and employment oppression.
Appropriately the record’s music is glinting and electrified and nods to post-punk – folk – funk and fiery rock ‘n’ roll.