Automatic for the People - Warner Br. 1992

Tracks: 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


It is a general consensus among music critics that "Automatic for the People" is one of REM's best albums. For many people it is probably also known as the album with the major international hit "Man on the Moon". This song was, however, not the album's highest ranking single on the Billboard Hot 100 or the UK Singles Charts. No less than six numbers ended up as singles, which might suggest a very commercial album. However, this is far from the case. Several of the songs are fairly dark and neither upbeat nor rocking.

Oddly enough the group had intensions before going in the studio to record the follow-up to the very popular and very catchy album "Out of Time", to create a more rocking album. Indeed, one could argue that only "Ignoreland" is a real rocker.

My favorites are, in addition to the unique "Man on the Moon," "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite", "Find the River", "Everybody Hurts", "Try Not to Breathe", "Monty Got a Raw Deal" and "Nightswimming"

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