With the recent announcement of the breakup of R.E.M., I thought it appropriate to revisit their back catalog and ask the tough question. Which album by the legendary Athens, GA band would you consider to be their most classic album? Their most representative? Naturally, a question such as this requires that you become objective and address this from the angle that best represents what R.E.M. was all about.
Yes, we all have our favorites. More importantly, there are clear classics that not only gave plenty of hits, as in the case of Out of Time (1991), and Automatic For The People (1992). But even as we love those selections, a part of us knows just what speaks R.E.M. best.
It is important to note that there are two eras of R.E.M. There are the beloved I.R.S. Records years where the band produced five enduring works including the noted final album for the label, 1987’s Document. And then there are the productive Warner Brothers years with ten varying gems including their recently released final album, Collapse Into Now (2011).
Now it’s your turn. Hit the comments section and tell the Morton Report which was R.E.M.’s most representative album and don't forget to vote in our poll!
For a list of their complete discography, with track tiles, check out their Wiki Page. You have the hard part.