this is R.E.M.'s 4th studio album and contains some of their best tracks from the I.R.S. independent days. The album is hard, with a few slow songs and tongue in cheek moments to flesh it out. The album gets off with Begin the Begin which should excite any R.E.M. listener. This continues for the entire record, even for the slow songs. Michael stipe's voice really comes into its own here, as this is the first album that his famed "murmur" is less overbearing. The track underneath the Bunker is a short fun instrumental that evokes the later New orleans Instrumental from Automatic For the People. Just a sheer pleasure to listen to.
I would recommend this to a friend