Automatic for the People

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
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Based on 5 reviews
1992 Ratings: #4 / 340
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Based on 371 ratings
1992 Ratings: #6
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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.
AFTP is easily one of the best CDs of the `90s.
"Drive" sets the tone for the album. It sounds much like a funeral march. From the first five notes, it's direction is clear: dark, moody, and foreboding... you know then this is no ordinary CD... there are no "shining happy people" here...
AFTP begins by taking the decision to live or die. "Try Not to Breathe" is about deciding to die. It presents the thoughts of an old man who has lived a full life and has decided ... read more
A significant moment for a band who dares to open the door of the mortal truth, takes a deep breathe and looks for the eternal beauty that lies beneath.
Fav track: “Everybody’s hurts”
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Added on: November 29, 2012