Automatic for the People

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1992 Ratings: #4 / 368
User Score
Based on 939 ratings
1992 Ratings: #29
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

R.E.M. have never been as emotionally direct as they are on Automatic for the People, nor have they ever created music quite as rich and timeless, and while the record is not an easy listen, it is the most rewarding record in their oeuvre.

100
Rolling Stone

This is the members of R.E.M. delving deeper than ever; grown sadder and wiser, the Athens subversives reveal a darker vision that shimmers with new, complex beauty.

100
Entertainment Weekly

Subjects like these show the band moving into more personal territory than ever before, with clearer, less ambiguous emotion.

100
NME

The music alternates between pastoral and heavy drums from Bill Berry before a continuation of sorts is made with Peter Buck’s guitar both framing and cutting a swathe through ‘Ignoreland’.

80
Q Magazine

For properly beloved entertainers, R.E.M. can give a person quite a going over.

ElectricMess
100

Someday I’ll find the right words to express what this one is to me

Doofy
98

I was late getting into this album and R.E.M in general (for some reason I had them lumped in the same bracket as U2 - a band I still never really bonded with to this day, check my ratings).

The beauty of this album is undeniable, there's something really resonant in the melodies here - a lot of people find it cheesy and that's a shame, another timeless album for me.

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90

I don’t really review albums a lot because I’m not sure if I’m actually good at writing them, but this album is really special to me and I have a lot to say about it.

In 1992, R.E.M. released the album Automatic for the People which at the time was the peak of grunge. While many R.E.M. fans see Murmur as their best album, Automatic for the People has always been my favorite. The album marks a drastic change in sound for the band because they switched to a lush baroque pop ... read more

Sasha2D
78

Yes it has that meme song on it, it's a good album though. Pop rock that's good.

pedrosabe16
84

'Automatic For The People' follows up on the marvelous melodies R.E.M. first traversed on 1991's 'Out of Time'. 'Drive' sounds like classic R.E.M., 'Everybody Hurts' is an appealing ballad and 'Man on the Moon' is irresistibly charming. It's more consistent and cohesive than anything I've heard from them so far.

Storm13Crest7
95

A couple of issues like Ignoreland’s mixing and Everybody Hurts hurting to listen to are why this album isn’t a 100. But this is undoubtedly their best work. Even deep cuts like Sweetness Follows and Monty Got a Raw Deal slap.

Themes of death preside over the entirety of the project, but some aren’t as explicit as others. I’m glad they choose to do this, as the album being a total downer would’ve dragged it down.

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Added on: November 29, 2012