Automatic for the People

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
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Based on 6 reviews
1992 Ratings: #4 / 345
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Based on 430 ratings
1992 Ratings: #6
Liked by 14 people
October 5, 1992 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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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.
This political driven album is something out of the ordinary. R.E.M. as emblematic as they are, back in 1992 released this project which for many people is considered their best work, and I couldn't agree more. I think I connected to the sound very quickly mostly because this is a band I've heard for many years growing up (My dad's a big fan). Now reading the lyrics while listening I feel complete, there's something about raging your voice to the problems of the world I identify so much. My ... read more
Being one of BOTH of my parents' favourite albums I actually purposely dismissed this for quite a long time for some reason; I have come back to this a few times in the past couple've years and I now love this.

I thank my Mum and Dad for laying the foundations of my (objectively!) great taste in rock music. Although, to be fair it was me and my quest for good music (plus getting into rap, metal and electronic as a kid) that has REALLY made my taste.
Ever since I first listened to this record, this has become one of my favorites, one I couldn’t stop listening to. It’s become a soundtrack of my life now. Why though? Some think that Murmur or Reckoning or even Document are better. Some may think this record is really corny and perhaps a bit forced. However, the melodies, the poignant lyrics and tone, and the standout orchestration make this record incredibly beautiful and replayable, with not only a subtle layer of sadness and ... read more
Some of the sweetest yet effective melodies a band can conjure up, yet they make it look so easy.
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Track List

  1. Drive
  2. Try Not to Breathe
  3. The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
  4. Everybody Hurts
  5. New Orleans Instrumental No. 1
  6. Sweetness Follows
  7. Monty Got a Raw Deal
  8. Ignoreland
  9. Star Me Kitten
  10. Man on the Moon
  11. Nightswimming
  12. Find the River
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Added on: November 29, 2012