I love this period of R.E.M. They were still dark and broody. I also like their later work and to be honest I came to the R.E.M. thing later with the release of Green. But in college I went back to discover their earlier albums. "The One I Love" is off "Document" (1987). I think that was the second R.E.M. record I bought after "Life's Rich Pageant" (1986) also a great record from that same basic time period.
And lastly I just have to say that the opening guitar riff on "The One I Love" is simply classic. I love how it hits you hard in the gut right off the bat and then the song kind of mellows down to let you breath. Let's you take in the lyrics and then it hits you hard again for the chorus, just when you thought it was safe. This is what great rock and roll does.
01 The One I Love.mp3
02 Maps & Legends (live).mp3