Document is my favorite album of music. This may be from its connections to my summer camp from the early 90s. This may be because it’s one of the first albums I owned, and I can’t hear Lightning Hopkins without remembering the smell of October air over the Charles. REM’s new album, Accelerate, feels like a Document from an alternate universe. I haven’t quite figured out why. The lyrics are different, and some of the songs are in different places—and there’s no equivalent to Oddfellows Local 151.
But I’d been pretty sure that this music wasn’t in the world, and couldn’t enter the world save through he year 1987. But here it is.