Grade • B-
CD • To some purists, R.E.M. began its decline when it finally relented and signed with major label Warner Bros. and released "Green" in 1988. That is, of course, not true, as future albums "Out of Time," "Automatic For the People," "Monster" and "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" proved to become some of the greatest albums of the 1990s.
But "Green," which is receiving a 25th anniversary deluxe edition (including a recording of the riveting penultimate concert of R.E.M.'s 130-date "Green" world tour), is much more uneven.