“As far as major-label debuts by underground bands go, Green is fairly uncompromising. While it displays a more powerful guitar sound on Get Up, Turn You Inside Out, and Orange Crush, it also takes more detours than Document, whether it’s the bizarrely affecting contemporary folk of The Wrong Child and You Are the Everything, the bubblegum of Stand and Pop Song 89, or the introspection of the lovely Hairshirt and World Leader Pretend” (Erlewine).
“But instead of presenting a portrait of a band with a rich, eclectic vision, Green is incoherent. While its best moments are flat-out great, the band has bitten off more than it can chew; many of the songs sound like failed experiments, and its arena-ready production now sounds slightly dated. Nevertheless, half of the record is brilliant, and it certainly indicates that R.E.M. are continuing to diversify their sound” (Erlewine).