Automatic for the People

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1992 Ratings: #4 / 395
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1992 Rank: #24
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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
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’.

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.

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.

surlace
57

Instrumentally, this album isn’t half bad. Nothing particularly special, but it’s nice. It’s Michael Stipe’s weird crooning I’m not huge on; his voice is so grating to my ears. R.E.M. doesn’t do much for me at all.

woolfiee
76

gotta accept that ill never get into this band proper

TommyCZ
81

R.E.M. is a band i've been aware of, especially of their eight studio album ,,Automatic for the People" which was in my Need to Listen list. I would pretty much say that R.E.M. is quite big name in Alternative Rock, supposedly one of the first bands of this genre and also one of the fews making it into minor mainstream.

Few days ago, me and my friend were talking about music as usual and he brought up this record in conversation. He said there are lot of great songs on this record and ... read more

krisjohnston
87

Rating: 87

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