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Automatic for the People

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 6 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002MG1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 322 customer reviews
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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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Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (2/95)


Not quite as flawless as a masterpiece should be--what's the slight "New Orleans Instrumental No. 1" doing among such remarkably grounded material?--Automatic For The People still deserves its reputation as one of REM's best. Another link in the band's chain of 90's classics, it hits each mood--the glum teen-spirit report of "Drive", the sensual wash of "Star Me Kitten" and the gorgeously transcendent "Find The River,"--perfectly. Fittingly, Michael Stipe's lyrics are among his most coherent and empathetic. This will be recalled, and listened to, as a great work long after REM have packed it in. --Rickey Wright

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By Neurosky TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 9 2007
Format: Audio CD
A bold, acoustic album with such spectacular sound quality that it sounds like it was taped last year! This album features R.E.M. at their most intimate, professional and accurate. I would not say that it is a better album than "Out of Time", but it is more masterful craft-wise. All in all, this is R.E.M. at their best, and it is the 'must have' album of their career. Dark, witty, humorous and deep, alternative rock with a country feel doesn't get any better than this.

"Drive" - The opening song of regret, striking right from the get-go. Acoustic and yet adding an electric edge. Sound-wise perhaps the most addictive song on the album. Stipe's amusing wordplay is apparent right from the start: "Smack, crack, bushwhacked. Tie another one to the racks, baby..."

"Try Not to Breathe" - Very country, and oozing with well mastered melody. Perhaps not one of the more striking songs, but never the less it holds its own.

"The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite" - An artsy spin on "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" song, which is both cute and astonishing, featuring one of Stipe's very best vocal performances and some of his most trippy lyrics.

"Everybody Hurts" - Everyone has heard this song a 1,000 times. It is a beautiful classic to be sure.

"New Orleans Instrumental No. 1" - A filler, and I never listen to it. But it does fit in with the style and mood of the album.

"Sweetness Follows" - Very moody and sentimental song about drifting apart which grabs me every time I hear it. Very bassy and bound to ignite darker feelings.

"Monty Got A Raw Deal" - This one refers to the actor Montgomery Clift, accused of Communism by McCarthy. One of the stranger songs on the album, both for its sound and lyrics. You just have to listen to it.
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Here is one of those rock voices everyone knows immediately!

1.Drive: One of the best rock songs ever written. I think people can even remember where they were the 1st time they heard this song. Michael Stipes voice is just so pure and the musical construction of this song is just so dynamic. The acoustic sounds so great with the other musicians as well. His voice is at the forefront but this song couldn't be without the band's backing as they are so good together. By the time the electric guitar components & orchestral instruments come into it your already hooked. I still see concert images in my head of artists free flying into the concert crowd with this one. Such a well written song about our days of "youth" and the freedom of our youth to not have to conform, to being a time when we are still figuring out who we are. Just so well done. Yes...still!

2.Try Not To Breathe: The instrumentation of this song reminded me of an Irish ballad. The lyrics are so telling of someone finding their own confidence and strength during a difficult time. Love the acoustical guitar in this again!

3.Everybody Hurts: Another classic R.E.M. song that takes you back. Lyrically one of the best impowering songs of faith, strength, support, determination....against all odds! I'm sure this saved more than one life over & over again! Just absolutely outstanding lyrics, melody, vocals (soft, sweet, powerful) and musical arrangment. I don't think anyone can give justice to critiqing this song; not even Hemingway himself! Still on my favorite playlist with Drive!

4.New Orleans Instrumental #1: I just love that they had the guts to put an instrumental on this CD. Love what sounds like a variety of strings, cello, bass & violin.
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I just had to buy this album after all the hype and reviews that surrounded it. R.E.M. are my favourite band of all time, and this is the second album I bought (after "Out Of Time") and I was, literally, amazed...
This album, especially compared to "Out Of Time", is dark and moody, but every song is special, and every song brings it's own point across, and, more often than not, means something different to everyone that hears them.
Well, what do we have? Drive, the album starter, is a fantastic piece of music with heavy hitting guitar chords and moving lyrics... it's my favourite song on the cd, but it's so hard to pick just one!
A couple of tracks down is The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite. Erm, ok I lied when I said every song brings it's point across ;) It's a fun, happy piece of fluff that anyone can love, even if they don't know what's going on. Callmewhenyoutrytowakeherup!
...Do I even need to tell you why Everybody Hurts is great? This is a powerful, moving piece that any teenager can relate to. It really is fantastic. If you weren't moved by this, than you've got a heart of stone!
Man On The Moon, again, needs no introduction. Their first song dedicated to Andy Kauffman (followed by the inferior "Great Beyond"), this is an absolute classic that is reason enough to buy the cd.
The two closers, Nightswimming and Find The River, are brilliant. I don't think they could have closed this moody, emotional album in any better way... they just work so well, with each other, and with the rest of the album.
The other songs, including the instrumental, are all great songs that are more than worthy of recognition (particularly Star Me Kitten).
This album is a must own for anyone who claims they know good music. Trust me: Buy it now!!!
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